HOW TO FALL IN LOVE
Friendly Rating: All ages, but probably more for the women in the household
Safety Rating: Kissing and that’s about it
Quality Rating: It’s the usual, charming, fun and predictable
Movie airs tonight on Hallmark Channel at 9 p.m.
There is much of a muchness about Hallmark Channel movies, which is one of the reasons I don’t review them too often. But I thought what the heck about How to Fall in Love, and I’m glad I did. It’s sweet and charming and while you can see where everything is headed in the first 10 minutes, it’s a pleasant journey nonetheless.
Harold (Eric Mabius) may be better looking than he was in his nerdy teen years, but he still sees himself that way and as a result, the accountant is an epic failure at dating.
Annie, the girl Harold had a crush on in high school, is trying to make a go of it as a party planner, but isn’t getting very far. Nor does she remember much about Harold, whom she unintentionally snubbed when they were kids.
So naturally, Harold’s clients (Annie’s sister and brother-in-law) decide to get the two of them together, which doesn’t go well until Harold mentions that he’s hired and fired a dating coach. Annie needs some extra cash, so she convinces Harold to hire her so he can take out a woman he’s liked from the local coffee place for some time. See where this is going yet?
Safety-wise, there is some veiled discussion about getting intimate, but it focuses on the relationship part of that rather than “you-know-what.” Okay, sex, but this one is safe for your prudish Great Aunt Sally to watch with you, let alone your kids.
The worst of the film is Mabius’ either whispering or growling his lines, which did annoy me significantly. But he’s still cute.