Though this film is only a couple of years old, it’s one I didn’t watch immediately following its debut. I did plan to watch it (because of its leading man), but didn’t have a chance to. When I finally did see the Hallmark original Date With Love, of course, I discovered it’s as charming as ever!
Date with Love (2016) Hallmark Review
Life has been something of a wrecking ball for Hollywood starlet Alex (Shenae Grimes-Beech). You see, she’s fresh off a very public and messy breakup and now she needs some positive PR. Her publicist believes this help arrives in the form of a prom invitation from a high schooler with a crush on the beautiful actress.
Reluctantly, Alex follows through with the invitation. Only once she arrives in the small town, she realizes David’s classmate (Bailee Madison) has a serious crush of her own. Plus, Alex herself finds a potential romance in front of her as she sits in David’s class where she gets to know David’s teacher, Mr. Walsh (Andrew Walker).
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As with any Hallmark film, this one is darn cute. The cast is fantastic as is the story. I love how easy everything flows and the fact that the cast helps to invest (or invite in) the audience in the story. This is one of this network’s greatest achievements in my book. It has Never Been Kissed vibes, which is one of my nostalgic favorites, so of course, this one wins.
Something these productions have a knack for, is casting actors who are girl-next-door personality. What this does is make the characters (whether it’s the leading man, lady or the supporting characters) feel like a best friend. This isn’t a quality all films or stories possess, so when you run across any that do, they’re all the more special.
Date With Love has a really nice friendship aspect with old-fashioned romance that’s not to be missed. Quite the contrary. In fact, it’s the sort that of stuff makes the chemistry all the more alluring. Walker and Shenae are fantastic together, and it’s always fun to see Bailee Madison (who many Hallmark fans have seen grow up on screen) co-star in another of Hallmark’s films. Her character is a breath of fresh air, and ensures that the other characters cynicism or misplaced devotion doesn’t rule the story.
For anyone who wants a kind of “teen” romance alternative to the secular romantic-comedy films, Date With Love is a perfect movie. There’s that charming quality to it that has become a signature of this network.
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