While You Were Dating (2017)

William Baldwin and Stefanie von Pfetten in While You Were Dating (2017)

A Hallmark in Blind Dating

Both Nick (), a contractor, and Julia (Stefanie von Pfetten), a bakery owner, find themselves chatting online and getting on remarkably well. What neither of them realise is that they were once married to each other but they were young and things never worked out. With them both getting nagged by their friends to meet someone they decide to meet up on a blind date, which of course is quite a shock when they realise what has happened, leading to an awkward meal. It also leads to them trying to set each other up with their friends but discovering they have some feelings for each other.

Hallmark does grown up romantic comedy; it is something which I have noticed more and more in the last year or so with not just movies which feature an older cast but a focus on charm above the usual cutesy and cheap laughs. "While You Were Dating" is certainly one of their grown up romantic comedies as whilst the whole storyline of ex's discovering they still have feelings for each other whilst also setting each other up on dates could have worked as a throw away rom-com with lots of cheesy humour it goes with trying to be smoother and much more charming. And to be honest it succeeds with this nice laid back tone which allows for the humour to be gentler and warmer.

Now I have to say that it is the casting of William Baldwin and Stefanie von Pfetten which is a huge part as to why "While You Were Dating" works because they bring age to their characters in a perfect way. As such when it comes to Nick you can see that when he was younger he probably had habits which would have wound Julia up but you can see how the years have mellowed him. It is the same with von Pfetten as you can see how her character probably was demanding when she was younger but again has mellowed with age. And that is why "While You Were Dating" works as you can see how these characters feel about each other and despite having never seen them in their younger years have matured while they have been apart.

What this all boils down to is that "While You Were Dating" is one of those Hallmark movies which doesn't so much break the mould but shows that they can deliver more than just throw away rom-coms. Much of that comes down to the more charming tone but also the performances of William Baldwin and Stefanie von Pfetten who bring their characters to life.