If you're one of the few who plans on skipping the long lines this weekend at the movies to see The Dark Knight or some other big action film, stay home and catch the delightful new Hallmark Channel film, How To Fall In Love, starring Eric Mabius (Ugly Betty) and Brooke D'Orsay (Royal Pains). Since there are no good romantic comedies at your local movie theater, or for that matter - any theaters nationwide - this movie might just fill the void. It premieres Saturday, July 21, at 9 p.m.
Still suffering from the ugly-duckling syndrome that branded his youth, Harold White (Mabius) hires Annie Hayes (D’Orsay), the pretty and popular girl he knew in high school, to be his dating coach and help him shed his wallflower approach to romance. Annie even enlists her friend Kim (Kathy Najimy), a waitress at a local diner, to be Harold’s practice date. Annie draws Harold out of his shell and teaches him to win over a new love interest with the help of their shared passion for classic love songs. But when sparks unexpectedly fly between “student” and “teacher,” both Harold and Annie must learn how to make up for past mistakes if they’re going to hold onto true love.
Sandi Berg is also a freelance journalist and writes about television for several magazines including Written By (Writer's Guild of America), Life After 50 and Whole Life Times Magazine.