‘October Kiss’: An Enchanting Autumn Romance


Once again Hallmark sets about enchanting us. With its seasonal flavors and eye on that of an unlikely romantic pairing. In its next-to-last autumn movie we meet Poppy (Ashley Williams). Poppy is a free-spirited 20-something who is more like her mother than she’d like. Her sister sees it, Poppy simply wishes to believe she knows what she wants, and hasn’t found it yet. This leads her to a new job (after a string of failing nearly every other job – from pizza chef to yoga instructor) as a nanny to a single father. Successful in his work, Ryan (Sam Jaeger) is struggling with his two young kids. Zoe and Zach (Hannah Cheramy, Kiefer O’Reilly) aren’t exactly open and welcoming to their new nanny, but temporary or not, Poppy may be just what they need to make them remember what it feels like to be a family.

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As is the standard of any and all content from this channel, a bit of magic and cute romantics is the make up of this charmer. Ashley Williams (a face you’ll likely recognize from other similar roles) is fantastic fun in this rom-com role; her free spirit personality makes the role “pop” with some unique traits and I enjoyed her interpretation of the character – it was a kind of roll-with-the-awkward punches to see what good might come. I also have to say I love her name. So cute! The entire cast is great really; the kids are darling and I appreciated that their resistance towards Poppy wasn’t for the normal reason.

If I have one tiny quibble, it’d be the romance. The relationship doesn’t feel quite as fleshed out as some of its peers. That being said, I think this is mostly because the script focuses on the family angle; its importance, rather than anything else and for some reason the story seems to disallow really good scenes between the couple. Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed the film 100%, I just noticed a lack of… something in some of the scenes that should ignite sparks. Oh, and fun fact, this was once titled, Temporarily Yours, which ties nicely into the script: which title do you like best?

As always, my recommendation remains the same. (Hallmark’s are one of my weaknesses – they’re always such sweet treats.) Those looking to enjoy a darling romantic-comedy will love this. Plus if the weather for you is anything like mine, you’ll want to curl up on the couch with a bowl of popcorn (or candy), slippered-feet and a cup of mocha. Then sit back, relax and enjoy the seasonal delights October Kiss has to offer.

You can find October Kiss digitally on Amazon Video

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    1. LOL, I imagine so, Meghan. I don't watch "Grey's" but am aware what's going on because of all the trailers. Hope if you see this one you end up liking it! :)

  1. I really liked this one! It did remind me a bit of The Nanny Express, simply because of the whole widower/kids/nanny story line, but my weakness for all things Hallmark kept me from caring too much. I agree with you on the romance, but I found that overall it was just so fun that I didn't mind. I also really like Ashley Williams, so that helped :-)

    1. I did too, Becky. The whole premise and sweet message (family importance) was well written and developed. I'm with you; my love of all things Hallmark ensures I don't care overmuch about the similarities. The films are just TOO cute too care. :D

      And oh my goodness, can you believe we're going to see the Christmas movies start now!? :)

  2. This one is adorbs! I do think you're right in that the couple didn't get fleshed out completely, but it didn't really matter in the end. So glad I had the chance to watch it! :)

    1. Right you are, friend. Hallmark flicks are just plain and simple CUTE! And that's all that matters – plus Poppy's character was TOO FUN! :)

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