A freelance writer looking for romance sells a story to Cosmopolitan magazine about finding love in the workplace and goes undercover at a Finance Company.


Gil Junger


Michael Horowitz (teleplay), Daniella Brodsky (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilary Duff ... Lane Daniels
Chris Carmack ... Liam
Michael McMillian ... Tom Reinhart
Amanda Walsh ... Joanne
Kevin Kirkpatrick ... John
Jennifer Coolidge ... Alicia
Matt Dallas ... Seth
James McDaniel ... Mr. Belmont
Jaime Pressly ... Kate White
Brandi Coleman Brandi Coleman ... French Model
Lyle Brocato ... Waiter
Alix Angelis ... Aspiring Assistant
Carol Sutton ... Recruiter
Courtney James Clark ... Margo (as Courtney J. Clark)
Tarik Naim Alherimi ... Rodrigo (as Tarik Alherimi)


Lane is looking for her "magic man". A man who has all of the attributes that are on her checklist. In the meantime she finally hears her calling when a job opportunity presents itself in the form of Cosmo magazine. After failing to impress the editor they head out of the office when they begin talking men. There Lane (Hillary Duff) has the idea to combine dating and work place. After causing a blackout at her job interview she lands the job in an office to begin her undercover work. After dating several co-workers she happens to spill her drink on a "magic man candidate" Liam. However her boss isn't impress by the direction she tries to take her story and tries to get her to stop dating Liam. Written by Anonymous

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Falling In Love is a Full-Time Job.


Comedy | Romance


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Based on the novel 'DIARY OF A WORKING GIRL A New York adventure somewhere between the style section' by Daniella Brodsky. See more »


Right after Lane first meets Whitney, there's a boom mic visible at the top of the screen, but only for a second. See more »


Lane: Love just doesn't happen to girls like me; girls who build their hopes on an intricate web of day dreams. The truth is that everyone has issues and maybe building up a fake, perfect man in my mind was my biggest issue of all. I've been walking around with the ghost of my magic man. He's been haunting me, keeping me from a world of opportunities that were right in front of me...
Lane: There's no such thing as perfection. Love is for people who are realistic and smart enough to open up their heart and ...
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Referenced in Suburgatory: Poetic Injustice (2012) See more »


Prism of Love
Written & Performed by Rupert Pope (as Sly Silver) & Reece Gilmore (as Sir Realist)
Courtesy of Extreme Music
Playing in restaurant scene.
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In brief, the film is darling! Its obvious that the good romcoms are on cable instead of the theaters
25 October 2011 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Lane (Hilary Duff) is a freelance writer, interested in fashion and writing feature articles for magazines catering to younger adult women. If she could pitch a story to Cosmo, and get accepted, that would be heaven. Happily, her roommate is a rising fashion photographer and SHE gets Lane an interview with a top Cosmo exec (Jaime Pressley). At first, the talk goes badly and Lane almost gets dismissed. But, thinking quickly, the two ladies begin to hatch an idea that springs from just "girl talk". What if Lane, who is looking for a man to match her "check list", goes undercover at an investment firm? Men are plentiful there and Lane can see if any of these gentlemen fulfill her list and, then, capture his heart. So, it begins. Lane fibs her way into a great job, through a creative resume and interview. She will be working for investor Tom (Michael McMillan) as a personal assistant with business savvy. Although a few hitches occur on her first day, Lane makes it through, once with the help of another gorgeous businessman, Seth. But, celebrating at a bar later, she meets a handsome English musician, Liam (Chris Carmack) who hits all of the qualities of her list, except one minor item. Oh, no! To complete her article, she has to concentrate on romancing a white-collar gent! But, Liam is so hot, he's sure to be a distraction! What's a poor girl to do, with eligible men at every turn? This is a darling romcom, sure to please every eager fans, like me. It's fun, its romantic and its charming. Duff makes a great leading lady and she looks terrific while McMillan, Carmack, Pressley, and all of the others support her well. The costumes are, as one can imagine, dreamy while the setting in Manhattan is always appealing. Add on a lively, comic script and a smooth direction and what do you get? In brief, sheer heaven, fans!

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Release Date:

18 April 2010 (USA) See more »

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The Business of Falling in Love See more »

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New Orleans, Louisiana, USA See more »

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