November 06, 2016

Married by Christmas

Ever since her father's retirement, Carrie has been successfully running her family business. When her sister teases a surprise announcement at the upcoming Thanksgiving family dinner, it is no surprise that she and her boyfriend are getting married. However, her mother has another quite unexpected announcement. Her grandmother, who was quite the traditionalist, added a clause to her will that the family business can only be left to a man, and that whichever sister provides a son in law first will have the business left to her husband. After years of inquiry, the clause is proven to be ironclad. With her sister's plan to have a Christmas wedding, if she wants to keep her spot as the head the family business, she'll need to get married by Christmas. Will she have a white Christmas AND a white wedding?

Our Two Cents:
We gotta say, we were pleasantly surprised by this one. All the things you are thinking, they cover. Wait, what? Is this the 50's? How can anyone think that's okay??? Yes, they adequately express the absurdity of the premise and in a satisfying way. Well, why don't her sister and fiancé just give her the business??? Not so easy to give up power when it's handed to you. So in just 4 weeks, during the busiest time of the year, she finds her true love and gets married??? I think they wrap it all up quite nicely and quite plausibly (for a holiday film of course--let's not kid ourselves!) actually.

Usually UP movies are the Donder the Dopey Reindeer of the holiday movie crop, but this one proved they are capable of better.

So if you couldn't tell, we loved it.

Note: This movie is also known as The Engagement Clause. A better title perhaps. Why some movies have two titles is beyond me.

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

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