Date With Love
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When a small-town boy’s video “promposal” to a star goes viral, it scores him a date to prom with his celebrity crush. But when the star begins to fall for the boy’s teacher, things get complicated. Stars Shenae Grimes, Andrew Walker, Quinn Lord, and Bailee Madison.
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And, over at J.W. Hughes High School, halfway across the country, there's 17-year-old senior David Rogers (Quinn Lord), desperate to step out of anonymity before his teenaged salad days are over. Rebuffed by a popular girl as a prom date, David eschews the rest of the bubblehead brigade and targets his celebrity crush, Alex Allen, with a video promposal, never mind that his best friend since first grade, Heidi Watts (Bailee Madison), isn't so good at masking her pining for him. And when the video goes viral, well, there's that good publicity Alex was looking for. Alex's best friend and publicist Paige Sumner (Andrea Brooks) jumps all over this, presses Alex to accept the cute promposal.
Maybe some plot spoilers.
Date with Love is a 2016 Hallmark romcom, and it sure 'nuff follows Hallmark protocol. And that's a cool thing if the Hallmark channel serves as your go-to "comfort food" viewing. It's an all family watch. There aren't scenes that'll make you not make eye contact with your parents or kids in the room. It's a sweet love story, actually, told on two fronts, one romance more realized than the other. So, Alex and Paige travel halfway across the country and call on David at his house. And maybe they should've called first, because cue the impromptu freak-out scene.
There's a whiff of Never Been Kissed in that Alex Allen, who years ago had an awful time in her own school in Indiana, gets a sort of do-over, what with the principal permitting her to attend David's classes as an honorary student for a week. Alex even gets on the planning committee for the prom. Anyway, the real complications surface when Alex falls for David's English teacher (Andrew Walker). Yeah, Vincent Walsh is one of those guys I mad-dogged so hard when I was in school. He comes off as just so dang perfect. Walsh just got back to the states a year ago, having served in Army Communications in Bagdad. Besides teaching English, he doubles as a Driver's Ed instructor (in which capacity he first runs into Alex). But maybe the most pertinent thing about Walsh is that he once wrote a poetry book, something he keeps mum about. But when that kid, David, comes asking for advice about his promposal video, Walsh lets him borrow his poetry book to help inspire him.
Of course, Alex wants to be loved for herself, and not because she's famous and a stepladder for bigger and better things. She's intrigued that Walsh didn't know who she was, that he seems to have no self-serving agenda in getting to know her. And, of course, she gets grief from David's best friend, Heidi, seeing as how Alex and David have a series of planned outings. And that's one flaw in the movie. Several people - okay, mostly Alex - make mention of how David and Heidi are perfect for each other, but the story doesn't care enough to show how. David and Heidi barely share enough screen time together.
And one more very minor gripe. There's a moment in which Walsh hands Alex a slip of paper with his phone number on it, only it's a seven digit number missing the area code. I know she could easily find out the area code, but why wouldn't you put that in there in the first place? My OCD wasn't letting it alone. But those are my only nitpicks, really. I approached this movie with a subdued level of expectations, and those expectations were met. Shena Grimes-Beech is terrific as the lead. Bailee Madison is always good, although I wish I'd seen more of her and her character's relationship with David developed more. Thankfully, Milli Wilkinson as David's precocious, social media-savvy little sister Devyn doesn't get in the way too much. Date with Love has lighthearted humor and the sort of fluffy romance that the Hallmark film factory tends to churn out like butter. It's a fun watch. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
A teenage boy manages to get a prom date with the h who is a Hollywood star. He doesn't realize his dream girl is his buddy who is right under his nose. The h falls for the teenage boy's teacher.
I thought it could have been a better movie if it was focused more on the adult couple.