November 24, 2012

The March Sisters at Christmas

A modern retelling of Louisa Mae Alcott’s Little Women. Sisters Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March are shocked to learn that their mother is planning to sell their family home, Orchard House after she returns with their father who was injured in Afghanistan where he was working as a war correspondent.
Resolute to find a way to keep their house, Jo talks her sisters into helping her to do the necessary repairs themselves. She figures if they can repair it in time, the family can afford to stay under the same roof.
On top of that, the celebrity that Jo ghost tweets for offers her a big opportunity–ghost writing her biography! As the sisters work to fix the house on a limited income, manage the holidays on their own, and work on their projects and work assignments, they find they may have bitten off more than they can chew and tempers begin to run high.
Meanwhile family friends Teddy Lawrence and John Brooke, who each harbor feelings for Jo and Meg respectively, are challenged by Mr. Lawrence to woo their ladyloves and get a genuine kiss by Christmas. Jo, however, begins to have her eye on Max Baer, her editor, and the teasing between Amy and Teddy may becoming more than just casual flirtation.
What should be a house full of Christmas cheer has become a hostile home front, and as the tension in the house reaches a breaking point, the sisters have a falling out. Now, with the house unfinished and their romantic lives unresolved, can the March Sisters come together to save the houseand their familybefore Christmas is ruined?

Our Two Cents:
We are of two minds on this one: I like this one, Marisa kind of likes it. It says fairly true to the basic framework of Little Women, it has to take some liberties to modernize the story. I don't love the direction they took with Amy, they made her a little too trampy (for lack of a better word), which makes it a little hard to root for her with Teddy. Beth's character also doesn't make as much sense in this retelling and I think they could have done a little better with it. But overall, I think it's pretty cute and has some pretty witty dialogue.

Storyline/Writing ★★★★★  •   Acting ★★★  •   Chemistry ★★  •  Overall ★★★

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