Holiday movies fill our hearts with joy. Between Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas, It's a Wonderful Lifetime (or Fa La La La Lifetime, if you prefer) and ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas, there are so many movies and so little time.
To help you, our friends, we have sacrificed by watching as many of these movies as possible and will give you our two cent review. Hopefully this will help you know what you do or do not want to watch.
Jennifer is a young, ambitious executive running promotions at a failing
Boston mall. In hopes to save her beloved mall, and maybe position herself for a promotion, she comes up with a genius promotional gimmick: hold a "Hunky Santa"
contest to replace the old Mall Santa. David, a local man trying to save
his family's pizzeria, ultimately wins the contest and sparks fly
between him and Jennifer. However, complications ensue when it comes to
light that the company Jennifer works for is the same one trying to run
David's family out of business.
Our Two Cents:
Now, (this might not be the best way to start this but, need to get this off my chest) we understand the draw that Sexy Santa at a mall would have, but seriously, no regular Santa too? Anyway, it takes a little time to warm up to Jennifer, before she starts to soften, but once that begins to happen, this movie starts to pull you in. You'll be rooting for David and Jennifer by the end!
Emily (Faith Ford) misses her daughter Heather (Emma Lahana), who is
attending college in Boston. Since her father died, Heather is sensitive
to her mom’s dependence on long-standing holiday traditions. This
Christmas, Heather has planned a trip to Phoenix with her boyfriend, but
tells her mother she is staying on campus to study.
After Emily arranges a house-swap with Charles (Tom Cavanagh), an
English professor from Boston who wants Washington State’s solitude in
order to finish his novel, Emily hops on a flight to Boston to surprise
Heather for Christmas. Unaware of the house swap, Emily’s best friend,
Faith (Gabrielle Miller) walks in on Charles at Emily’s house and in
Boston, Ray, Charles’ brother (Gil Bellows) responds to a 911 call only
to find Emily at Charles’ condo. Will Christmas travel calamities lead
to cross-country romances? Or have there been one too many surprises
Our Two Cents:
So, we started this thinking, This is just a The Holiday rip off! But we ended up pretty much loving it. We could go into why, but just trust us and watch it.