The Reality of Love (2004)
"I Want to Marry Ryan Banks" (original title)

TV Movie  |  PG-13  |   |  Comedy  |  18 January 2004 (USA)
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Ryan Banks's manager and old friend, Todd, comes up with the idea to have Ryan be the bachelor on a reality dating show in order to clean up his image. The only problem is, Todd falls in love with Charlie, the girl Ryan has chosen to propose to.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charlie Norton
Paige Jones ...
Allison Warnyca ...
Leslie Lyon
Ed Miller
Melissa Barker Sauer ...
Tristin (as Melissa Barker-Sauer)


Sexy Ryan Banks becomes a Hollywood star overnight when he's asked to act at a party and convinces his best friend Todd Doherty to become his exclusive manager. When his career goes down hill after a failed movie, the firms boss gives Todd three months to turn the tide. Todd gets a TV station to stage a six weeks reality dating show to pick -with input from the viewers- bachelor Ryan's bride from 15 preselected candidates -all handpicked to improve Ryan's image- who cohabit with him in a fairy-tale mansion. Charlie Norton from Boston was entered by her sister and only accepts at Ryan's personal insistence, and soon proves both his and the audience's favorite. The takes for the show are a surreal experience; Todd constantly coaches Ryan trough a miniature earpiece. However Charlie spontaneously feels for Todd and finds out he's the one who thinks up all Ryan's good answers; he is torn between his professional loyalty and personal emotions, so she decides to repulse Ryan on the show, ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Rated PG-13 for some sexual references | See all certifications »





Release Date:

18 January 2004 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Reality of Love  »

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Did You Know?


Jason Priestley and Emma Caulfield are paired again as possible love interests - the first time was in Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990) season 6 as Brandon Walsh and Susan Keats. See more »


During Ryan's date with the first of the four finalists, the waiter pours Ryan a glass of champagne. In between shots, the level of champagne changes while it is poured. See more »


Ryan Banks: [to Japanese waitress] A couple of dragon rolls, definately. Thanks.
Charlie Norton: [to waitress] You know, I would like a Chinese chicken salad.
Ryan Banks: Charlie, this is a Japanese restaurant.
Charlie Norton: Uh, yeah.
[to waitress]
Charlie Norton: Could you make sure the chicken isn't cooked in oil, the lettuce is triple washed and the dressing is egg free?
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References The Bachelor (2002) See more »


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Composed by William Pearson
Performed by William Pearson
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What a fun movie! So much better than I expected.
24 January 2004 | by (Fairfax, VA) – See all my reviews

I just finished watching it and was very entertained. It was so fun. We set TIVO to record it last week and were bored tonight to watch it tonight; I'm so glad I did! Only a few things could be changed (editing, cinematography, lighting) and it could be in the theaters.

I absolutely loved the fact that the host made snide remarks to the "Losers". That was great!

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