"The Dating Project" manages to navigate the pain and confusion felt by many single people in a way that is ultimately positive and hopeful.
Someone watching this documentary will not necessarily see the depth and scope of the problems with hookup culture and contemporary dating, but they will see that the feelings of confusion and dissatisfaction of singles are not inevitable.
Young people aren't questioning the "why" of traditional dating.
The two youngest singles featured in "The Dating Project" are students in a class where one of the requirements is to go on a traditional date.
Several students sharing their reflections on the assignment is one of the most hope-giving parts of "The Dating Project." Cronin teaches the students how to go on a date, and their confusion changes into curiosity and then action.
"The Dating Project" shows its subtlety by highlighting that these students are intuitively sensing the inherent meaning in small, romantic gestures — meaning that is missing from casual hookups.
One of the most interesting parts of the documentary is its coverage of Cronin's dating assignment.
This has led to a host of challenges that tend to be exacerbated by hookup culture, high-speed yet casual communication, and dating apps.
Of course, this might not be problematic if singles were finding fulfillment in modern dating, leading to "The Dating Project" documentary's most important discovery.
As it turns out, "The Dating Project" does indeed have something to offer.
It is a hopeful and realistic documentary that highlights the possibility for change and each individual's journey without shying away from the challenges to love and connection that modern dating brings.
In a world of Tinder, texting, cohabitation and casual hookups, the days of 1950s courtship are long gone.
"The Dating Project" dives straight in to this new world, introducing the viewer to five single people between the ages of 18 and 40 and documenting each one's search to navigate authentic relationships.
Surprisingly upbeat and constructive, "The Dating Project" shows that the struggle to find loving relationships in the modern world is worthwhile and hopeful.