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Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door
By Samantha J. Turchin
Date: February 4, 2006
Starring: Shelley Long, Patty Duke, Bruce Boxleitner, Patrick Duffy
Genre: Family Romance/Comedy/Drama
Channel's Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door is a light romantic
comedy just in time for Valentine's Day. Set mostly on Catalina Island, the film
follows two childhood friends, Marc Lucas and Theresa Connolly, as they fall in
love and try to plan their wedding in the midst of their mothers' ongoing feud.
Betsy Lucas and Bridget Connolly, who have been rivals for as long as they can
remember for reasons they have forgotten, effectively yet unintentionally break
up their children's upcoming wedding. While their husbands Frank and James, who
are best friends and golfing buddies, willingly do their best to stay out of their
wives' meddling, drama still ensues as Marc and Theresa temporarily call off
both their wedding and relationship. Eventually, with the help of Frank and
James, Betsy and Bridget realize that the triviality of their quarrel has ruined
their children's happiness so they must find a way to overlook their problems
and bring them back together.
in Love with the Girl Next Door is appropriate for the entire family. While
young children might not appreciate the film, especially considering the fact
that the two protagonists are in their late 20s, everyone can enjoy the
lighthearted tone of the movie. There is no violence whatsoever; profanity
consists of one use of the word "hell" and one mild innuendo (in the context of
courts Theresa over a six month period and they never engage in any type of
sexual activity beyond innocent kisses. In fact, they never even talk about
sex, nor is it implied that they are engaging in any sort of premarital sex.
Moreover, the relationship is portrayed as completely moral and honest; they
even seek advice from their childhood priest and ask him to preside over their
Falling in Love
with the Girl Next Door is essentially a movie that everyone will enjoy and
can take something away from. Whether audiences appreciate the humor of the
wives' petty feud, party planning, and the consequent complications of Marc and
Theresa's imminent wedding or the romantic theme of the film, children and
adults alike will relish Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door.
Hallmark Channel, February 4, 2006 8:00pm EST
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