The story of a young businesswoman who tries to convince her uptight parents to accept her current boyfriend and instead finds herself falling for an old high school flame.


Robert Iscove


Neal H. Dobrofsky (as Neal Dobrofsky), Tippi Dobrofsky
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Complete credited cast:
Hilarie Burton ... Josie Mayfield
Paul Campbell ... Maxwell Gridley
Malcolm Stewart ... Joseph Mayfield (as Malcolm Stuart)
Wanda Cannon ... Claire Mayfield
Leanne Lapp ... Mindy Mayfield
Tim Conway ... Granddad
Aaron Craven ... Richard Wright
Sebastian Gacki ... Wade Wilson
Patti Allan ... Audrey Wilson
Vincent Gale ... Photographer
Derek Green Derek Green ... Party Guest #1
Judith Maxie ... Party Guest #2


Josie Mayfield, a no-nonsense businesswoman working at her father's prosperous cookware company, thinks her boyfriend Richard is the perfect man - handsome, successful and driven. The problem is that Josie's parents, Joseph and Claire, do not agree. When Josie meets up with Maxwell, an underachieving, old high school flame (who still has a crush on Josie), Richard dreams up a plan to make himself look good to Josie's parents: Maxwell will be Josie's date at Joseph and Claire's upcoming anniversary party. When Joseph and Claire see Josie with a "loser," they'll give anything to have Richard back in the picture. At least, that's the plan. Over the anniversary party weekend, Maxwell stays with Josie as a guest in the Mayfield home, horrifying Joseph and Claire with his unsophisticated ways. Though things are rough and rocky at first, Maxwell soon begins to win over Joseph and Clair and they start to appreciate his carefree and spontaneous lifestyle. Maxwell's presence even helps Josie's ... Written by The Hallmark Channel

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Comedy | Family | Romance


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It's stated in the "goofs" section about this movie, that at the Mayfield party, Richard's character says hello to Gridley but calls him Richard instead of Gridley. Actually, it's Gridley (with his back to the camera) saying hello to Richard. A closer look shows that Richard simply raises his eyebrows a bit at Gridley then gives a half-smile with no words being spoken, by Richard, until they take photos together and give their names. See more »


When Rex the dog rifles through Gridley's duffel bag the first time, Gridley calls Rex "girl" instead of "boy". See more »


Maxwell Gridley: [about Josie's boyfriend] So, who's the lucky guy?
Josie Mayfield: [catching the bottle of water Gridley throws to her] Ooh, thank you. Ah, he is an executive headhunter.
Maxwell Gridley: Ouch. And what do your folks think of this boyfriend?
Josie Mayfield: You know my Dad. He doesn't think anybody's good enough for me.
Maxwell Gridley: I know he didn't think I was good enough for you.
Josie Mayfield: Don't feel bad. Richard has everything that's on my father's checklist, and he still doesn't approve.
Maxwell Gridley: Ah, the Mayfield checklist: good job, good family, good manners... good-bye.
Josie Mayfield: Right.
Maxwell Gridley: ...
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References NFL Monday Night Football (1970) See more »


Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?
Written by Hughie Cannon
Performed by Leanne Lapp with Paul Campbell, Hilarie Burton & chorus
[On Gridley's urging, Mindy sings the song at the anniversary party]
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OMG !!!!! The BEST !!!
21 January 2019 | by imapakrfanSee all my reviews

This is the best non-Christmas Hallmark movie ever!! Someone said the first 15 minutes were not good. Please don't stop watching until you get to the end!! Tim Conway is hilarious!! And Paul Campbell is seriously my favorite Hallmark actor and ranks extremely high on my list of all time favorites! He is flawless in this one! This is the perfect reality~escape movie that will keep you laughing, smiling and quoting when it's over!!

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3 January 2015 (USA) See more »

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