Title: Love, Guaranteed
Released: 2020

Fix: Hallmark-esque Romance, Seattle, Fall Colors, Tiffany (The Pop Star, Not the Luxury Brand)
Platform: Netflix

Netflix Summary:

Sparks fly when a crusading but cash-strapped attorney takes on a charming client looking to sue a dating site that guarantees its users will find love.

FYA Summary:

Susan is the kind of quirky do-gooder attorney that only exists in movies. The kind who can afford a nice spacious office and staff, but regularly takes on clients who can’t pay. When slick Nick presents her with a lawsuit that might actually earn some money for a change, she almost rejects it, because she thinks suing a dating website for not backing up their love guaranty is petty. But Nick has gone on the 1000 dates stipulated in the terms of service and he’s just charming enough to convince her to take a chance on him.

As Susan and Nick prepare to sue a large corporation, they get to know each other better and find out that first impressions aren’t always what they seem, and that you don’t always see love coming, even when you’ve read the fine print.

Familiar Faces:

Rachael Leigh Cook as Susan Whitaker

Who hasn’t loved Rachael Leigh Cook since She’s All That? (Sorry, I didn’t see The Babysitter’s Club until I was way too old for it.) These days, she’s really been making a career out of the whole uptight single girl schtick in these made for TV romances.

Damon Wayans Jr. as Nick Evans

While I thought Damon Wayons Jr. was great on New Girl, he’s super low energy here. I couldn’t decide if he was just bored, or if it was an acting choice. Please let me know if you figure it out!

Heather Graham as Tamara Taylor

Heather Graham plays the CEO of the dating site Nick is suing. She’s heavily inspired by a Gwyneth Paltrow-type lifestyle guru. Heather Graham is perfect for this role. She’s hilariously awful, and she looks AMAZING. She is 50. Like, girl, how?

Alvin Sanders as Jerome

It’s Pop from Riverdale! Jerome is one of Susan’s clients who tries to pay her back for her good deed by sending her Nick and his lawsuit.

Couch-Sharing Capability: Cozy

This movie is perfect for unwinding after work or a lazy quarantine weekend. It can be enjoyed with a significant other, but it’s probably best while zoned out on the sofa under your favorite blanket, or on a Netflix Party with your bestie and a box of wine.

Recommended Level of Inebriation: Seasonal

What’s your fall flavor? In order to enjoy all the walks among the Seattle falling leaves, I think this calls for a hard cider or busting out your Halloween wine glass early. What? You don’t have a Halloween wine glass? Well, I’m just saying you could be living life better.

Use of Your Streaming Subscription: Just Getting You Through

Like a typical Hallmark-style romance, this is a super innocuous movie. It traffics in tired stereotypes and the usual tropes, but it means well. While Love, Guaranteed lacks the edgy fun of Set It Up or the adult comedy of Always Be My Maybe, it’s perfect for bridging that gap until the slew of Hallmark and Lifetime (the superior purveyor of the genre, tbh) holiday movies arrive.

Really, I’m going to admit that the main reason you should watch this is just to experience the utter joy of Susan’s possessed car. Whoever negotiated the Tiffany music rights for Netflix in the last year really got their money’s worth.

Kandis (she/her) is a proud member of the Austin FYA book club chapter who loves vampires, romance novels, live tweeting CW shows, and Jonah Griggs. She’s not like a regular mom. She’s a cool mom.