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What the Reviews Are Saying About “Once I Was Engaged”

What the Reviews Are Saying About “Once I Was Engaged”

“Once I Was a Beehive” has a sequel and it is in theaters now. Maclain Nelson’s new film “Once I Was Engaged” takes place about two years after “Once I was A Beehive” with the young women and their leaders now part of Bree’s surprise engagement and wedding planning.

Marshall Moore said they following on a review posted on Meridian Magazine:

“There are a few laugh out loud moments, but overall, this movie put a smile on my face when it first began and that smile never left until the end credits rolled.  “Once I Was Engaged” delivers exactly what it is supposed to; an entertaining and amusing comedy that takes you away from real life for almost 2 hours and allows you the opportunity to just relax and enjoy the story as it unfolds.  I will say that there are a few deliberately awkward moments and a few surprises that will keep you thinking how in the world is this thing going to end? The payoff is definitely worth the wait and patience.”

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Andy Farnsworth of KSL wrote: 

“The movie had very funny moments but writer & director Maclain Nelson chose to lean a lot more into LDS stereotypes and inside jokes in this film than he did in “Once I Was A Beehive.” That likely has as much to do with changing the main character from Lane Speer, who was not a member of the church, to lifelong-member Bree as it does anything else. Nevertheless, it did take away some of what made the first movie so accessible.

“Once I Was Engaged” is an earnest and sincere effort at a sequel to a much-loved movie. It’s good, clean family fun with positive messages that anyone can relate to. It benefits from its relationship to “Once I Was A Beehive,” but unfortunately also suffers in comparison.”

My wife, Gina, was invited to the premiere and she took along 4 of my daughters who LOVE “Once I Was a Beehive” and still watch it to this day. Gina likes the Beehive movie better but ask my two youngest, Asia (9) and Jessa (7) and they’ll tell you it was hilarious – they have been quoting the movie for the past week! I asked Asia which movie she liked best and she said, “Once I Was Engaged!”

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While Farnsworth from KSL wasn’t the biggest fan, giving it 2.5 out of 4 stars, he did say that anyone who loved “Once I Was a Beehive” needs to go see “Once I Was Engaged”. I wholeheartedly agree that it needs to be seen!

Rumor has it that there might even be a prequel story to the “Beehives” in the works – which everyone would love. My wish. I’m hoping for a “Once I Was a Deacon” at some point.

In the meantime, grab the family, hit the theater to grab some popcorn and enjoy a family-friendly movie that will make you laugh and help you escape your troubles for a few hours.

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Tickets are now on sale for ONCE I WAS ENGAGED – the eagerly awaited sequel to the award-winning, smash hit ONCE I WAS A BEEHIVE – the film opens exclusively in Utah theaters on Friday, July 21 before expanding to Arizona, Idaho, and Nevada on August 6 and nationally on August 13. Get ticket and location info here > More info.