This is a likeable easy-on-the-eyes romantic comedy thing.
It’s a classic set-up: Stranger arrives in little town; lots of comedy hi-jinx fixing up an old house and romance ensues.
It’s got a good, relaxed vibe going on: It’s very secure in its genre conventions, but that doesn’t get in the way of adding laugh-out-loud funny bits.
Some of the scenes are way tired (like the scene with the douchy guy in the office), but most are pretty fresh (like when she breaks up with the boyf).
For its type of movie, it’s hard to fault it. I mean, this isn’t a cinematic masterpiece or anything, but it’s just about pitch perfect for what it is. Very impressive. It reminds me of oldee tymee romantic comedies. It’s even got a musical number! (Sort of.)
(The last half hour or so isn’t as strong as the first hour, and that’s unfortunately typical for the genre, too: The third act has to have All The Drama.)
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