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Love on the Right Course

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Bland, predictable romance has grief and kissing.

Movie NR 2024 84 minutes
Love on the Right Course movie poster: A White woman holds a golf club while a White man stands in the background

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The perfect audience for Love on the Right Course is a tween who loves predictable romance. For anyone with more life experience than that age range affords, this will appear trite, dull, and devoid of a single original idea. That Newbrough and Rosner are attractive presences with large, even-toothed smiles is indisputable, but is that enough to get an audience through 84 minutes of running time plus another 30 minutes of inescapable ads (depending on the streaming platform)? No, because no adult humans behave the way the characters here behave. Drama is manufactured in painfully inept confrontations -- anyone with two sentences to announce just shows up to announce them, instead of calling or texting the way people communicate in real life. Whitney never actually asks Daniel to be her caddy but is hurt that he doesn't push his way into that position. Also, except for gratuitous references to chicken paprikash and goulash, the Hungarian setting plays absolutely no role in the plot.

Add to that absurdity the film's overriding mushy wisdom: "You have to chase your own dreams even if you haven't dreamt them yet." Even Hallmark's own greeting card division would reject that pearl. Maybe the good news is that in this movie, there are no surprises.

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