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also schmalz  (shmälts)
1. Informal
a. Excessively sentimental art or music.
b. Maudlin sentimentality.
2. Liquid fat, especially chicken fat.

[Yiddish shmalts, animal fat, sentimentality, from Middle High German smalz, animal fat, from Old High German; see mel- in Indo-European roots.]

schmaltz′i·ness n.
schmaltz′y adj.
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also schmalziness
Informal. The quality or condition of being affectedly or overly emotional:
Slang: sappiness.
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I thought I had shaken off the seasonal schmaltziness that afflicts me every year without fail - until the night a drunken man started singing to me on the street.
They both managed to maintain a naivete that was endearing and didn't decline into schmaltziness, while staying this side of overtly steamy.
Yes, if you enjoy star-spotting and can overlook the schmaltziness.