"The Makeover" is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie that premiered on ABC Television Network in Jan., 2013. The movie is on the lineup of films on the Hallmark Channel. "The Makeover" stars Julia Stiles, David Walton, Frances Fisher, Camryn Manheim and Georgia Lyman.
"The Makeover" is a film about transformation, in the style of the Pygmalian tale that inspired "My Fair Lady." In this film, Hannah Higgins (Stiles) decides to transform beer truck driver Elliott Doolittle (Walton) with the help of her business partner Colleen Pickering (Manheim), in order to win an election.
Hannah Higgins is a smart, driven education consultant who decides to run for Congress to advance the cause of education reform. She comes across as elitist and puts off Boston voters. When she realizes that her elitism has turned voters off, she and her business partner, Colleen Pickering (Camryn Manheim) decide recruit a candidate who could connect with voters
Higgins and Pickering look for a candidate to represent their interests and promote their agenda. They find an unlikely prospect in bearded beer vendor Elliot Doolittle (David Walton), who is definitely is a man‐of‐the‐people. His mother Allie (Frances Fisher) is the definition of “piece of work,” as is his sister Bonnie (Georgia Lyman).
Elliot is a rough looking man with a thick South Boston accent that masks his considerable intelligence. His appearance notwithstanding, he is a likable man with whom people relate. He is the polar opposite of prim‐and‐proper Hannah.
Much like Henry Higgins took Eliza Doolittle on as a project in' "My Fair Lady," Hannah takes Elliot on as a “project,” in a Pygmalion‐like manner. If Hannah can just teach him to look like a gentleman, speak like gentleman, dress like a gentleman, comport himself like a gentleman .. why he might become a gentleman, a gentleman who can run for Congress...and win.
Elliot and Hannah are about as different as two people can be, like oil and water. The work together and Elliot become more “presentable,” while Hannah becomes less “proper." Hannah changes Elliott, but also learns that she can change. They each experience a type of transformation.
Fortunately, Elliot cleans up very well and is a very handsome man. In the meantime, attraction turns into romance for Elliot and Hannah.
Interviewed on the film’s set, in Boston, Julia Stiles said that the romance between
Hannah and Elliot is the heart of the movie. “They’re an unlikely pair,” says Stiles. “Yet almost from the start there’s this subtle attraction between them. That’s the key word: subtle. And that’s what makes the relationship so much fun."