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Cass is a successful business woman that appears unsuccessful in her personal life and decides to try The Daters Handbook at her sisters encouragement and dates several guys to test the process.
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You could really see how this movie was going to play out as soon as the characters were introduced. It's rated G (region 4 DVD anyway) so not only does it not have any bedroom scenes, but unrealistically that topic is not mentioned when choosing between the guys who don't know their in a competition when talking with a family that is obviously happy to pry into each others' personal lives, and don't seem to be prude types at all. As well as dates themselves, no one even raises the subject of bedroom action when they are all adults and not little kids. Cass is also a very similar character to Rachel, we've seen plenty of this actresses personality since she's been rumoured to be dating Prince Harry to know she isn't Rachel so it's a shame we didn't get to see something different here. Although granted the financiers probably backed this thing because she's in Suits and may have insisted on a similar character. Oddly Cass's family in the movie conveniently never mentions or has an actor appear who is her father or one for the father of her sister, when obviously they had to be different races and two different people for the mother to have had the daughters she had. You would hope this was not done so as not to offend some from the older demographic that dominate TV romance story movie audiences who still see something wrong with interracial couples. Since Meghan Markle has publicly talked about the hurdles she's dealt with as an actress due to race, it would seem a bit odd that this was done this way in this movie.
If you watched this one because you're a Suits fan, also check out All Things Valentine that has the actress who plays Donna in the lead (Sarah Rafferty).
There is something really special about the relationship that develops between Cass (Meghan Markle) and Robert (Kristoffer Polaha) that rings true as well as being pretty darn romantic and funny, too.
It was a real pleasure to see Ms. Markle in a Hallmark movie once again. I've seen her in one other (“When Sparks Fly”) as well as her work on “Suits”. Her character in this movie is very different from her prior work that I have seen and she hit the spot perfectly as a driven career woman who gives her love live over to a list of requirements and checklists in the best selling “Dater's Handbook”.
The same is true of Mr. Polaha in this movie. I have seen him in so many other roles, including his work on “Ringer”, “Castle”, a really creepy guy on one show of the TV series “Lethal Weapon” and especially his role as Sgt. Peter Niedermayer on the sadly short series “Backstrom”. My husband and I have so identified him with this role, we simply call him Niedermayer whenever we see him in other movies and series. In “Dater's Handbook”, he takes on a sweet, charming and utterly romantic character and carries it off to perfection.
The movie follows business owner Cass as she recognizes that she has an issue with the men that she chooses to date. When she believes that her assistant has found the love of her life using the Dater's Handbook, she caves to pressure from her sister to follow the books guidelines which call for a safe, steady and dependable man over one that makes your heart go pitter-pat.
Cass ends up dating two very nice men. Robert, a fun-loving and kind-hearted man who doesn't quite live up to the guidelines and George (Jonathan Scarfe) is a wealthy man in insurance who is a client of her business and is everything the Dater's Handbook describes – and more. He plans dates, expands her view of art and has a very dependable and predicable point of view.
Cass has to decide which is more important to her – a dependable man who will be there no matter what or one who takes time to surprise her and have fun with her.
The movie moves along nicely with both relationships developing. Thankfully, the couples relationships stay casual until after Cass makes her decision. While the outcome was fairly predicable, I found that the route there was still surprising and a lot of fun to watch.