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Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door (2006)

TV-PG | | Comedy | TV Movie 4 February 2006
Mark Lucas and Theresa Connolly fall in love but their overbearing mothers ruin their wedding plans and possibly their future together.


Armand Mastroianni


Sally Nemeth




Cast overview, first billed only:
Crystal Allen ... Theresa Connolly
Ken Marino ... Mark Lucas
Patty Duke ... Bridget Connolly
Patrick Duffy ... James Connolly
Shelley Long ... Betsy Lucas
Bruce Boxleitner ... Frank Lucas
Greg Cromer ... Roger Reyes
Brigid Brannagh ... Angela
Jim O'Heir ... Reverend Mayfield
Julie Araskog ... Club Rep
Patty Weaver Patty Weaver ... Bridal Dress Sales
Phoebe Holston ... Head Chef
Ethan Erickson ... Shawn
Barnaby Hitzig Barnaby Hitzig ... Delivery Man
Alyce Heath ... Tow Truck Driver


The Connollys and the Lucases have long lived next door to each other on Catalina Island. Bridget Connolly and Betsy Lucas have hated each other for as long in both being A-type personalities, while their respective husbands, James Connolly and Frank Lucas, have been golf buddies behind their wives' backs and have done nothing to help resolve their wives' dispute in fearing that if that anger is lost, it will just get redirected to them. Things get more complicated when their respective early thirty-something offspring, schoolteacher Theresa Connolly who has just moved back to Los Angeles after a break-up with her boyfriend of five years in Seattle, and Los Angeles based pilot Mark Lucas, reconnect. While they were not friends when they were growing up next door to each other partly because of their mothers' feud and partly because of the few year age gap between them, they are immediately attracted to each other this second time around. That attraction moves into dating - they each ... Written by Huggo

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Will the wedding parties please take sides?




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Easter Egg alert: When Patty Duke comments she can't find a caterer anywhere Patrick Duffy comments, "What about the guy that did Neely O'Hara's wedding." Neely O'Hara is the name of the character Patty Duke played in "The Valley of the Dolls" See more »


When Mark Lucas and Theresa Connolly drive to the spot where the house is to be built, you can see the reflection of some crew and the sound man with the boom mic in the vehicle's front bumper. See more »


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On holiday in lovely Catalina Island
1 March 2006 | by dkrobSee all my reviews

This film is not a classic and it doesn't pretend to be. It makes no claim to deal with serious issues but it is a lovely and thoroughly enjoyable Haloween romance. For me as an Englishman it was an education in American culture. Electric cars what are they, the traffic jam in Los Angeles was the most horrendous I have ever seen, People with their national flag hanging outside their house, and the seriousness with which they celebrate Haloween all new to me. The atmosphere during the whole film I found absolutely delightful, The two young Romeo and Juliet played their parts so nicely. The 4 old stagers 2 husbands and of course Patty Duke and Shelley Long so nice and so lovely to see them together. This is not a deep film but a lovely romance. Top marks to Hallmark for making a film like this because though there are many who will find it ucky there are many like myself who will find watching it a pure joy. For me it was like going on holiday to this island but rather sad when it finished,

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4 February 2006 (USA) See more »

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