Molly (Jen Lilley) is the genius inventor of the soon to be wildly popular app, Mingle All The Way. In case you can’t tell from the name, it’s a “networking” app intended for professionals to find like-minded plus-ones to attend work-related events. No romance, strictly a platonic partnership of strategic convenience. Of course, Molly is merely the founder of her own “tech company,” she never imagined she’d ever have to stoop so low as to actually use her own app. Gross. But alas, a potential investor is requiring it. You know, if you’re going to pony up a million dollars, you do want the person who stands to profit to provide a single instance of anecdotal evidence. It’s called due diligence. So Molly’s own algorithm matches her with Jeff (Brant Daugherty), who’s either a lawyer or an ad executive (I can’t remember which but it’s definitely one of the two because it’s ALWAYS one of the two), whom she instantly recognizes as the scoundrel who stole the last angel right from under her nose at the extremely Hallmark-esque card and ornament shop that morning. Cad! And now she’s committed to attending several Christmas functions with him!
Well, guys, you won’t have seen this coming, but although they’re keeping things super strictly above-board and hands-to-themselves, they somehow fall in love anyway. Which is basically egg(nog) on Molly’s face because of how very, very seriously her app markets itself as anti-dating, 100% professionalism-only guaranteed. Who would want an app that pairs socially inept weirdos romantically? In fact, more than not tanking her business, Molly’s #1 priority is making her mother proud of her. And truth be told, I don’t think Molly’s mom even knows what an app is, or why her daughter can’t get her own dates.
Anyway. What can I say, it’s a Hallmark movie. The characters are rather shameless and you might be downright embarrassed for them if they weren’t also so guileless. It’s a combination that works well for Hallmark: good old fashioned naivety and a G-rated, friends-first romance. Hey, it works if you work it!