As the air gets cooler and the leaves get deader, the movies get holidayer and sappier. This latest Hallmarky-type flick (with a cast that does not include anyone named Candace, Lacey, or Danica) fits squarely into that mold, but thanks to committed performances from Nina Dobrev and Jimmy O. Yang, this catfishing-tale-turned-meet-cute actually works. Credit also to a decent script by newbies Danny Mackey and Rebecca Ewing (you know exactly where the film’s going, but it’s a fairly fun trip getting there).

3/5 stars