Dater’s Handbook

Your favorite Hallmark podcast is back with a brand new fan-favorite request. Girls Gone Hallmark reviews the Hallmark Channel movie “Dater’s Handbook,” starring Meghan Markle and Kristoffer Polaha. What makes this movie a fan-favorite? Is it the love triangle storyline or the fire chemistry between the leads? And does the Duchess of Sussex deliver in her final film before marrying Prince Harry? Find out what Megan and Wendy think.

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Girls Gone Hallmark reviews "Dater's Handbook" starring Kristoffer Polaha and Meghan Markle. This was Kris Polka's first Hallmark movie and the last for Meghan Markle. What did Megan and Wendy think of this 2016 movie? Listen and find out! #MeghanMarkle #Polaha #KrisPolaha

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Watch the Trailer from “Dater’s Handbook” on Hallmark Channel


About Hallmark Movie “Dater’s Handbook”

  • This movie originally premiered on January 30, 2016.
  • “Dater’s Handbook” was written by Jennifer Barrow and Rich Tabach.
    • Jennifer Barrow currently has 10 writing credits. Her work includes “Dating the Delaneys,” “Sun, Sand & Romance” and “Ms. Matched” for Hallmark. She’s also written a few episodes of the animated series “King of the Hill” and 12 episodes of “Muppets Tonight.”
    • Rich Tabac has 8 writing credits which also include “Sun, Sand & Romance,” “Ms. Matched” and 2022’s “Love in the Limelight.” Also noteworthy, Rich was a writer’s assistant for several comedy series including “Just Shoot Me!” and “That ’70s Show.”
  • James Head directed. He currently has 45 directing credits including Hallmark movies “Destination Wedding,” “Campfire Kiss,” “My Christmas Dream,” and “Christmas Cookies” to name a few. He has directed a Hallmark movie since 2017 but recently worked on “Dragon Tales” – an animated adventure fantasy comedy film based on the animate series of the same name.
  • Meghan Markle stars as Cass. This was Meghan’s second and last film for the network. She had previously starred in the 2014 movie “When Sparks Fly.” Outside of Hallmark, Markle appeared in 108 episodes of “Suits” as Rachel Zane and 34 episodes as a briefcase model on the game show “Deal or No Deal” back in 2006. She has since gone on to marry Prince Harry and no longer works as an actress.

Related Podcast Episode: Megan and Wendy got absolutely roasted for their review of Kristoffer Polka’s hair in “A Winning Team.” Still love Kris, but not this look!

  • Kristoffer Polaha stars as Robert. This was Kris’ first movie for Hallmark Channel. He starred in “Hearts of Christmas” later the same year but we most recently saw him in “A Biltmore Christmas.” Outside of Hallmark, he can be seen in “The Shift” and “Harlan Coben’s Shelter.”
  • Jonathan Scarfe stars as George. Jonathan has a whopping 93 acting credits but this appears to be the last project he did with Hallmark. Of course we saw him in “Love On the Air” with Ali Sweeny back in 2015 and you can listen to our review of that anytime.

Related Podcast Episode: Girls Gone Hallmark reviews “Love on the Air” – a stand out, fan-favorite movie starring Alison Sweeney and Jonathan Scarfe.

  • Lynda Boyd plays Cass’s mom. Talk about whopping, she’s got 158 acting credits including “Christmas on Cherry Lane,” “Sullivan’s Crossing,” “Virgin River,” “An Unexpected Christmas” and so many more.
  • According to, this movie was filmed in and around the Squamish area, including Tantalus Lookout and REVS Bowling in Maple Ridge.

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