If you ever want to watch a sweet, if relatively unoriginal, family-friendly movie then just put ‘Hallmark' into the search box on Netflix. Up pops October Kiss, a film about a commitment-phobe who takes a job nannying for a widow and his two children. The nanny in question is Poppy Summerall (Ashley Williams) and after quitting yet another job, her sister suggests working for Ryan Larson (Sam Jaeger).
Poppy is a chirpy upbeat young woman who decides to give the job a go. But when the children make it very clear that they do not like her, she tries to quit after the first day. However, Ryan is desperate and begs her to stay on through to the end of October. She duly agrees and manages to get the kids on side by decorating the house for Halloween.
As the days and weeks pass, the bond between Poppy and the children grows deeper. As does the bond between Poppy and Ryan! However, Ryan is a workaholic and failing at his fatherly duties. He is also dating Abigail, a high powered exec from work. So Poppy takes a step back hoping to save herself from a broken heart. But fear not, as I said, this is Hallmark so alls well that ends well.
And as sweet good-natured movies go, this is pretty watchable. Of course, there is a fair dose of saccharine thrown in and everybody is lovely. But what October Kiss does have in its favour is a decent script and it's family watchability. Now that may not seem like such a high selling point but if you've ever tried to find a flick suitable for parents and younger kids, that both will enjoy, you will know it can be quite the task!
So props to October Kiss for keeping it light and funny with a charming romance to boot. Hallmark movies are either your thing or they're not. But if you want a break from the abundance of intense crime dramas on offer, this could be it.