Every Day is Christmas – Review
Every Day is Christmas – Lifetime – 2 hours and 3 minutes
Alexis’s drive has gotten her finance company to the top. She believes that work should come before the holidays especially Christmas. To the chagrin of her longest-running executive Jeff, she has taken away the employee’s bonuses. They did turn a profit but it did not meet her goal of 20%. When her boyfriend Mark offers to take her on a vacation, she dumps him. And she keeps her driver and employees working on Christmas. Alexis has lost her Christmas spirit and doesn’t blink stepping on anyone else’s plans. On Christmas eve night, her deceased mother and father pay her a visit. They will take her on a journey of her past, present, and future. They will show her when she lost her spirit, how it is affecting others, and how it will affect her. They hope to save their daughter.
A twist on Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, this movie entices watchers with slight changes to the original (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). First, the “Marley” character doesn’t exist along with the 3 ghosts. The only ghosts are her parents. Second, they don’t use a gravestone to frighten her at the end. Last, they add a love story to the movie. Granting all this, the overall theme from the original still exists, the changes don’t alienate the watcher. You want to see how these changes will unfold to the traditional ending.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
You can spend Christmas with your family. But if you want your job, I will see you tomorrow – Alexis
No. You are just tired from working too hard – Justin
I prefer to call it particular – Linda
Christmas Everlasting – Review
Christmas Everlasting – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Lucy is excited to wrap up work and meet with her big sister Alice. She just got great news that she has made partner in her law firm. When her sister calls, can’t wait to tell her. However, her uncle Barney is on the other end of the phone. Alice died from a ruptured heart valve. Lucy heads to Wisconson to help settle her sister’s affairs. At her sister’s wake, Lucy meets her ex Peter, the FOA (Friends of Alice), and all the town’s pets. Alice started working at an animal shelter and changed that laws to allow pets in church. Lucy meets with the members of the FOA: Daphne, Celia, Rinda. While Daphne and Celia are welcoming, Rinda stares daggers into her. Lucy plans to sign off on Alice’s homes to start the sale process as soon as possible. The day of the paperwork signing, Lucy meets Alice’s lawyer: Peter, her ex. She can’t believe it. Peter tells Lucy the house is hers but she has to live in it for 4 weeks before she can get the house. There are no loopholes, so Lucy decides to work from Alice’s home for 4 weeks. In those four weeks, Lucy will be challenged by Alice’s past that Lucy ran from years ago.
Based on The Second Sister by Marie Bostwick, Christmas Everlasting will bring a tear to your eye (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). You will learn that there were two Alices: pre-accident and post-accident. Before the accident, Alice was a violinist, prom queen, and aspiring veterinarian. After, the accident, she struggled with putting on buttons while working in an animal shelter. But through both versions of Alice, she remained a loving, caring, and open-hearted individual. It was that one night that changed everything for Alice and Lucy. Lucy blames herself for her sister’s accident but this Christmas, you will watch Lucy get redemption and forgiveness because of Peter, herself, Mr. Freckles, and Maeve.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars
What are sisters for – Alice
I get it, times moves pretty fast these days – Barney
I’m Alice’s lawyer – Peter
I’m surprised you remember that – Rinda
Great and now I have a cat – Lucy
Every Other Holiday – Review
Every Other Holiday – Lifetime – 1 hour and 58 minutes
Since their parent’s divorce, Harper and Ava have spent every other Christmas with their dad Rick and the others with their mother Tracy. The girls want their parents to get back together, so they ask for one big, unified Christmas wish. They ask to spend their holidays with Tracy and Rick at their MiMi and Grandpa’s house. Spending the holidays together is one thing, but spending it with Tracy’s parent’s is another. Her parents Pastor Ed and MiMi have been against the couple since they met in high school. The final nail in the coffin is when the couple eloped. Now Tracy keeps her distance from her judgmental parents. When approached with her daughters’ Christmas wish, Tracy goes to Rick for guidance. They devise a plan to ask her parents to come over, all the while knowing her family will say no. During Tracy’s conversation with her parents, MiMi and Ed are having a conversation of their own. Ed wants to see his grandchildren while he is still strong enough to bounce them on his knee. So they say yes. Tracy and Rick have to get along with each other and her parents for the sake of the children.
There hasn’t been this much drama in a Christmas movie since The Family Stone. At first, it feels a little unfair that the family is coming down on Rick until you hear their history. During the bad times, Ed and Mimi struggled with their daughter in her pain. So when Rick is around, they worry that history is doomed to repeat itself. The parents don’t realize their anger towards Rick may be the driving force that brings these to back together. With a great balance of tradition, real life, humor, and love, this is the movie to watch.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars
It kinda makes you want to jab yourself in the eyes with peppermint sticks – Tracy
She didn’t really know what to do with me when we were married – Rick
It’s just a little inappropriate – Mimi
No room at the inn. Where have I heard that again – Ed
Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe – Review
Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Darcy is ready to spend the holidays with her family. But it won’t be easy. Her mother is having a hard time organizing the fundraiser. The former committee chair was behind on everything so Darcy will help her mother play catchup. Her father still wants her to come and work for the company. Darcy knows if he hears she is unhappy at her current job he will pounce and say ‘I told you so’. Her ex-boyfriend Carl works for her dad and wants her back in his life. Her mother has hired her high school rival Luke as the caterer for the fundraiser. And his modern taste is starting to clash with her traditional ways. And if that wasn’t enough, she was warned by her assistant that the executives are having a meeting while she is gone. Darcy’s head is spinning but she must pull it together to make her own way this holiday.
Based on a Pride, Prejudice, and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz, this movie, unlike the book, bears no resemblance of the Jane Austen classic (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The book was a role reversal of the classic told from the female ‘Darcy’ point of view. It has a modern twist to the classic that was much more salacious than the movie. This movie adaptation would have been better suited for Lifetime than Hallmark.
I give it 2 out of 5 stars
Everything in my life seems to work and I still feel unsettled – Darcy
I still feel like we were meant to be together – Carl
How about now? You want some help now? – Luke
Poinsettias for Christmas – Review
Poinsettias for Christmas – Lifetime – 2 hours and 3 minutes
Without her dad’s approval, Ellie’s mom calls her for help. Her dad hurt his back and can’t tend to the poinsettia farm. She asks Ellie to come home and lend a hand. Ellie takes a step back when she sees the farm. First, her father has hired Sean as his right hand because Ellie decided not to take on the family farm. Second, her grade-school rival is a DIY queen on her way to the big time. Third, and most importantly, the poinsettias have not changed color. Her father and Sean have tried everything to get the flowers to change but nothing has worked. With the holiday season, this is the biggest time of the year for them. At first, Ellie believes she is done with the farm and her dad should walk away. Until she learns Patty wants to buy it. She will do anything to keep it from Patty’s hands. But the farm isn’t the only thing she wants from Patty.
This is the holiday drama that can only be delivered by Lifetime. In spite of not hitting someone with a shovel, Patty and Ellie continue with verbal jabs often seen in “girl world”. With the other traditional holiday themes, this movies offers plenty of laughs. Notably when Ellie and Sean appear on Patty’s Vlog channel. One is horrifically clumsy and the other is frozen in fear. While Patty can be believed to be the villain, don’t be fooled. You will see the real person under the glue gun. The true conflict in within Ellie and that’s refreshing to see her overcome.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars
The longer we keep it at bay, the better – Grace
That’s the expensive one, right? – Sean
Killer Vacation – Review
Killer Vacation – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes
For months, Jake and Lindsey have been having an affair. Jake tells Lindsey he would leave his wife Gwen but he would be fired for divorcing the boss’s daughter. Lindsey has never seen herself as a homewrecker and is sick of having her relationship kept a secret. All that changes when Lindsey confronts Jake with their pregnancy. Jake finally decides to leave Gwen and surprises Lindsey by taking her on a Baby-moon. All is well until Lindsey takes a tumble down a hill. An angry ranger found her and ask her why she was on a part of the mountain that was closed for years. Lindsey can’t believe the ranger because Jake said he comes there every year. She starts getting a bad feeling. That feeling is confirmed when she notices a man following her and Gwen at the hotel. With everything falling apart someone will have to die.
With the onslaught of holiday movies, LMN decides to give the cynic a break with Killer Vacation. The only downfall is an unlikeable lead. Lindsey decides he doesn’t want to be the other woman after knowingly dating a married man. Then states he is “making” her the other woman. Queue the eye roll. You will have absolutely no sympathy for her and have moments of inappropriate laughter at her expense. You will even lose interest in finding the killer in this movie. This break from the traditional is just not worth the trouble.
I give it 1 out of 5 stars
You know I don’t kiss and tell – Lindsey
I was just having fun – Jake
The Christmas Contract – Review
The Christmas Contract – Lifetime – 2 hours and 3 minutes
Julie, a web designer, dreads going back to her hometown in Louisiana. She can’t avoid her ex-boyfriend Foster or the woman he left her for a few months ago. A workaholic, Julie doesn’t want the pity or stares she will receive from her family or Foster. Jack is sick and tired of being a ghostwriter. When his boss offers him another job with a Louisana themed, “romance book” checklist, Jack is irked by the lack of originality and creativity. His boss would love to get him a book deal but he doesn’t have a presence in the writing community. A website may be the key. Hearing both of their predicament, Naomi (Jack’s litter sister and Julie’s best friend) tells them to work together. Being a lawyer, Naomi draws up a contract. Jack will go to Louisiana and pretend to be Julie’s boyfriend. In turn, Julie will create a website for Jack to increase his online presence. The more time they spend pretending, the more Julie’s feelings grow. But when she sees Jack’s checklist, she is in for a world of hurt.
It’s funny to see Lifetime make fun of Hallmark themed movies while making one. The checklist can be a “how to make a Hallmark movie”, but Lifetime is following suit … while actually checking off the lists. It’s great to see Louisiana represented in music, food, and dance but this movie’s plot doesn’t do it justice. The strength of Lifetime is its ability to move away from the norm without alienating its viewers. You would expect more drama from this holiday film’s plot and it just falls flat. The culture of Louisiana is the only entity that makes this movie watchable.
I give it 2 out of 5 stars
I’m not a guest – Julie
Never mind. It’s just my brother – Naomi
This isn’t a plot. This is a terrible To Do list – Jack
Christmas at the Palace – Review
Christmas at the Palace – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Katie and Jessica are done with their tour. Jessica is an ice skater and Katie is an ice skater-turned-director. They have spent many holidays on the road. Now they are ready to settle in their small town and open an ice rink/training center. Before heading home, Katie and Jessica decide to explore the shops in San Senova. The former King was known as King Christmas but his son Alex, the current king, is known as King Grinch. Princess Christina wants San Senova to know her father the way she does, sweet, kind, and funny. In a chance meeting, Princess Christina is awestruck by the famous skaters Katie and Jessica. They offer to watch her skate and give her tips. During Princess Christina’s skate clinic, she tells Katie about her father and their town’s perception of him. The two come up with a plan. They will reopen the palace skating rink and tell the story of the town again. Princess Christina hopes that reigniting this tradition will open of San Senova’s heart to her dad. This plan is challenged with a 14-day countdown, a twisted ankle, and a tough King.
Although Princess Christina is an amazing and inspiring character of strength, the movie falls flat. The movie seems to drag. It’s easy for the viewer to become distracted. It’s normal for Hallmark to have a “Palace” Christmas movie, but this one just doesn’t require your full attention to watch. With 1 plot and 2 subplots, they are all quickly predictable and become background noise.
I give it 2 out of 5 stars
Oh perfect. I knew I left my Christmas shopping to the last minute for a reason – Jessica
Daddy, it doesn’t matter what anyone says, you’re not a grinch – Princess Christina
Oh, I don’t need luck – King Alex
Christina can be very persuasive – Katie
A Christmas Arrangement – Review
A Christmas Arrangement – Lifetime – 1 hour and 58 minutes
Poppy’s floral shop is on its last leg. She has tried to keep it open since her grandmother named it after her but she just doesn’t have the client list to do it. And to make matters worse, her delivery truck keeps breaking down. On her way to work, she runs into Garrett, literally. The two notice each other but are too busy to acknowledge it. So, when they see each other at a floral arrangement competition, the now rivals, try to put their feelings aside. Poppy is determined to win the prize money for her shop. If she doesn’t she will close the doors so her father won’t have to dip into his retirement. Garrett understands Poppy’s plight, he is fighting to win as well. For years he has been indebted to his boss Blair. She gave him an opportunity to work at her company when he couldn’t find a job after graduation. He has quickly ascended the corporate ladder but she doesn’t trust his decisions. So if he wins, he will walk away from the company but she can’t interfere. If he loses, he will stay with the company for 5 years in any capacity she sees fit. With so much on the line, both Poppy and Garrett will do anything to win. Nevertheless, neither of them are as ruthless as Blair.
Even though these two are rivals, they don’t fight each other. Most films would have them constantly at odds and sabotaging each other. This one doesn’t. They understand friendly competition and fair play. They will help each other grow. Garrett will offer his assistance with physical things like a truck. Poppy will give Garrett emotional support. The real challenge is Blair. This is a great change from the lovers-in-competition film.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars
I don’t make deals, I make decisions – Blair
I would offer to carry those but I have a feeling I already know the answer – Garrett
You better tell that Blair Covington that there is a new sheriff in town – Poppy
I was born fresh – Natalie
Reunited at Christmas – Review
Reunited at Christmas – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Twenty years ago, Samantha’s grandmother let their family tradition tell their story. But their traditions fell apart when her parents got divorced. Now they can’t be in the same room without fighting. And the magic of the holidays has left Samantha and her sister Annie far behind. When their grandmother passes, Samantha’s dad Bill decides to sell her grandmother’s home. The entire family, including Annie’s husband Martin, Bill’s ex-wife Clair, and Samantha’s boyfriend Simon, will spend Christmas together to help grant their grandmother’s last wish. She wanted them to spend the holiday together as a family and cross their traditions off the list. Samantha isn’t surprised that her grandmother’s list had a motive. Meanwhile, she is using it as a distraction. Simon came as a surprise with a surprise. He wants to marry Samantha but she is still hurt by her parents’ divorces. She is afraid they will become them. This list will reunite a family one tradition at a time.
One look at the Hallmark title and you believe this is about a couple reuniting on Christmas. But it is not. It’s about a family coming together after a painful divorced. Samantha and Annie don’t want to play sides but are often being pulled in a direction. You will start to feel uncomfortable for them as Clair and Bill bicker about every aspect of their marriage. It’s easy to see how the sisters’ traditions fell apart and affect their lives today. While it does have a love story, it’s in the background and rightfully so. Samantha must fix her family’s issues before starting her own family with Simon. A good film to watch with the whole family and use as a teaching tool.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
You know what, you’re right. Don’t write it. Terrible idea – Simon
She always had something up her sleeve – Samantha
Please do not give up on her -Annie
My Christmas Inn – Review
My Christmas Inn – Lifetime – 2 hours and 3 minutes
Jan is all work and no play. She has been so busy that she has ignored the calls from her aunt Helen’s lawyer Brian for 4 months. When Brian finally touches bases with her he has a huge surprise for her. Aunt Helen left her the town’s inn. Jan wants nothing to do with it but she has to go to Chestnut Hill, Alaska to sign the paperwork before the end of the year. When Brian meets Jan, he believes he has her figured out and he writes her off. But with he Aunt’s diary, friendly neighbors, unexpected guests, and gingerbread, Jan will see the beauty in this small town and the important part the inn plays.
A sweet Hallmark-like film on Lifetime but it has been done before. Not just last year, but this season. It does offer some humor as the two main characters clash but not enough to make a lasting impression. Also, the biggest laughs come from the townspeople and Jan’s parents. They are quick to point out Jan and Brian’s issues to speed the relationship along. This is a decent movie for the holiday season but you should not cancel your plans.
I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars
I will be there at 7, 30, “ish” – Jan
When you meet this alien from an alternate reality, you have to let me know – Irene
Ah, so you lie for a living – Brian
Hope at Christmas – Review
Hope at Christmas – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Sydney must go back to her hometown to settle her grandmother’s affairs. She decides to introduce her daughter Rayanne to the Christmas who she grew up with as a child. But when she arrives, she learns that her favorite bookstore may close. Bee, the owner of the bookstore, is ready to retire. However, the only buyer wants to turn it into a condo. Sydney knows Bee has a talent for finding the right book for the right person all the time. She doesn’t want to see Bee or the bookstore go. So when a man comes in and puts things in his bag without payment, Sydney is quick to confront him. Mack is a 4th-grade teacher and writer. He often gets donations from the bookstore to read to the children. Embarrassed for this misunderstanding, Sydney apologizes. It’s this run in that will change both of their lives and the bookstore forever but it will take Santa suit and a child’s wish to make it happen.
Based on Hope at Christmas by Nancy Naigle, this is the movie we come to expect from HMM during the holiday season (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). It features a love story, sweet hometown traditions, and the most interesting Christmas mishap of all time. As the dedicated viewer, you know how the story will wrap up. But its still lacking a unique humor to stand out from all the other holiday specials. This movie will get lost in the crowd. Read the book instead.
I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars
I was thinking about the Book Thief for next semester – Mack
Mack, don’t do it for me. Do it for Christmas – Kenny
You know exactly who I am talking about – Diane
Last Vermont Christmas – Review
Last Vermont Christmas – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Bethany, Audrey, and Megan are spending Christmas in Vermont. Bethany is a lawyer in Philly. She and her husband George are excited because Bethany discovered she is pregnant. Audrey, unknown to her sisters, moved back home with her parents in Vermont after dropping out of college. She believed she could make more money singing than learning about singing. Megan is a professional chef, mother, and widow. Her daughter Ivy is a sweet and loving girl. Megan has considered dating again but she is just not ready. When all the women are back in Vermont, they sit to dinner and eat. Their father tells them he is ready to retire. They plan on selling the family home and move to Arizona. Completely stunned, Audrey calls an emergency sister meeting. Audrey wants them to stay, Bethany wants them to be happy, and Megan is on the fence. But when Megan finds out her ex-boyfriend Nash’s partnership wants to buy it, she will stop him at any cost.
Audrey is the one to watch. She plays the sneaky youngest sister all too well. As she messes with the inspector, Megan, and Nash to stop the sell, you will laugh out loud. She even gets the help of her next-door neighbor. As time continues, this family will learn that the house doesn’t make a family, it the memories you create within that make a family.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
I will be the one to tell them, when the time is right – Bethany
I’ll tell her, today – Audrey
Your words not mine – Megan
Would I take a risk if I had reservations – Nash
Nash, I’m all for reconnecting with old flames. Just try not to ruin a perfectly good real estate deal in the processes – Lane
A Godwink Christmas – Review
A Godwink Christmas – HMM – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Godwink: An event or personal experience often identified as a coincidence, so astonishing that it is even seen as a sign of divine intervention, especially when perceived as the answer to a prayer.
Paula works at an auction house but she has always wanted an antique shop. She is thrown for a loop when her boyfriend Daniel proposes in front of his family. She says yes, but takes the ring off as soon as she gets home. Paula calls her aunt Jane, who has just finished her book, and starts to cry. Jane tells Paula to come to visit and clear her head. When Paula lands, Jane is called away. However, Paula sees a sign for Cherub Christmas Festival and runs into Gary. Gary runs the inn and heads the Christmas Festival. Gary offers Paula a ride when her cab breaks down. As Gary shows Paula the town, she falls in love with it and him. The only problem is she never told Gary she was engaged to Daniel. So when Daniel comes to visit, Paula needs to make a decision and fast.
Based on true stories told in Godwink Christmas Stories: Discover the Most Wondrous Gifts of the Season by SQuire Rushnell & Louise DuArt, this movie demonstrates how the small things add up to be one big blessing (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Seeing the Festival Sign, her car breaking down, and even seeing Daniel again, was a Godwink. Apart, these changes may have meant nothing but together they helped Paula find her true purposes. Don’t ignore the wink.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars
I just don’t know if there’s room for all this holiday cheer – Daniel
It’s not a matter of ‘have to’, its because I want to – Paula
Those don’t sound like happy tears – Jane
Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa – Review
Christmas in Evergreen: Letters to Santa – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Lisa and Oliver love to design stores. Their biggest client Polly loves their work so much she wants to open several stores and have them run one. Lisa is not sure if she wants to run a store. Oliver believes she is afraid to put down real roots because she prefers to travel and live out of her suitcase. To prove Oliver wrong, Lisa will do something on her bucket list: visit her hometown. Lisa grew up in Evergreen. A town that is known for its Christmas spirit and magic. On her way into town, she sees Kevin blocking the road. She helps him get his car started to make his deliveries. Looking around the town she left at 7, she notices Daisy’s Country store is closed. It has been closed since Daisy died. Now mayor Ezra is trying to find a buyer to keep the store open but hasn’t found one. Lisa knows just what to do. She will fix it up to make it more attractive. And the town is willing to help. But first she needs a contractor and the best one in town is Kevin. Kevin doesn’t hesitate but he is a stickler for the rules. Lisa doesn’t know why until she finds a letter in Daisy’s old Santa Mailbox. It was from KM who just wanted Christmas the way he remembers with a special woman who was sick. When she shows Kevin the letter he is dumbstruck. They are determined to fix up the store, get it sold, had have Christmas in Evergreen live up to KM’s letter.
A sequel to Christmas in Evergreen, you will see new and familiar faces in the town. Along with saving the store, you will get 2 loves stores and the mystery of the secret key as a bonus. Before you believe you know how it will end, there are plenty of curve balls throw to get you off course. And HMM watcher will be able to figure out the mystery of the key pretty quickly, but this is still a good movie to sip cocoa and watch. And be prepared for a part 3.
I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars
I think you underestimate how good I would be as one of Santa helpers – Lisa
No matter where you go, Christmas will find you – Daisy
And you think I’m your man – Kevin
That is supposed to be an elf right – Michelle
Wow, that snow globe works fast – Hanna
I live for surprises – Oliver
I’ll give you a minute – Ezra
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