Loving Leah (2009)





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A handsome cardiologist and his late brother's wife enter into a marriage of convenience while realizing that the harder they work to maintain their "pretend" union, the deeper their love for one another grows. When successful, 30-year-old Washington, D.C. surgeon Jake Lever (Adam Kaufman) learns that his estranged older brother Benjamin has died, the news comes as a startling surprise. Jake and his mother Janice (Mercedes Ruehl) hadn't spoken to Benjamin since he moved away to become a rabbi and began devoting all of his time to his faith and his rabbinical duties. They aren't religious, so when they arrive in Benjamin's Hasidic, Brooklyn, New York community and meet his young widow Leah (Lauren Ambrose), Jake and Janice are virtual strangers to the people Benjamin devoted his entire life to. When the still-single Jake is asked to honor an ancient Levirate marriage law stating that he marry the childless Leah in order to carry on his brother's name or reject Benjamin's existence entirely, he finds latter prospect unthinkable despite being seriously involved with beautiful surgeon Carol (Christy Pusz). On a whim, Jake suggests to Leah that they marry under accordance with Levirate law and secretly maintain a plutonic relationship. Realizing that this may be her one opportunity to follow her own dreams without disappointing her domineering mother Malka (Susie Essman), Leah accepts. But love works in mysterious ways, and over time, Jake and Leah's affections for one another blossom into true love.
Drama , Television
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Lauren Ambrose
as Leah Lever
Adam Kaufman
as Jake Lever
Mercedes Ruehl
as Janice Lever
Ricki Lake
as Gerry
Harris Yulin
as Rabbi Belsky
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This is a wonderful Hallmark movie complete with an ending that will make any chick flick movie viewer very happy.

Heather Metzger
Heather Metzger

This Is A Good Family Movie Lauren Ambrose And Adam Kaufman Do a Very Good Job I Like Hallmark Movie.

Amanda Parris
Amanda Parris

I don't know whether I should cry or laugh... I didn't expect much, it being a Hallmark movie. However, it did surprise me in a pleasant way. Probably because I have a soft spot for Adam Kaufman, but still... It was somewhat charming, in its own weird and twisted way.

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