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It isn’t often one can describe a contemporary comedy as “cute,” but I think that’s the fitting adjective for this lightly likable film starring (and co-written by) Justin Long. It’s so short, and so slight, that it may be better enjoyed at home on VOD, where it’s available now, than in its handful of theatrical engagements which begin tomorrow, November 6.

The story is simple: Long is smitten with a barista (Evan Rachel Wood) at his local Brooklyn coffee house, but is too shy to approach her. Instead, he checks her Facebook page, learns all her likes and preferences—from Walt Whitman to rock-climbing—and sets out to win her by posing as her perfect man. Needless to say, this leads to a series of comic complications and calamities.

Wood has never been more attractive or appealing as the blithe spirit named Birdie Hazel. In fact, she’s too good to be true; no wonder Long is so entranced. The film is peppered with cameo appearances by such welcome players as Peter Dinklage, Vince Vaughn, Sam Rockwell, Sienna Miller, Brendan Fraser, and Scott Adsit, but it’s the chemistry between Long and Wood that makes it work as well as it does.

A Case of You was directed by Kat Coiro and written by Long, his brother Christian Long, and Keir O’Donnell, who costars as Long’s roommate. By keeping their goals modest and their movie short they may not have created something memorable, or startlingly original, but at least they’ve given us a pleasant-enough romantic comedy. Many bigger, more ambitious Hollywood productions of this sort haven’t come nearly as close to that goal.