2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by mister d » Sat Dec 12, 2020 7:40 pm

So I think I agree but then I wonder if I'd agree if there were no Mila Kunis.
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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by A_B » Sat Dec 12, 2020 7:58 pm

mister d wrote:
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So I think I agree but then I wonder if I'd agree if there were no Mila Kunis.
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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by rass » Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:35 am

And we've come to our last full review of the season - A Cross Country Christmas

This is the first one of these that I sat down and watched from beginning to end. My wife caught me taking notes on my phone and for the first time I felt a little emasculated by myself, but I shrugged her off and ignored her questions and did what I needed to do for my boys (and girl(s?)).

I know I already awarded Bethany Joy Lenz my cutest female lead of the season award and I'm sticking with that but Rachael Leigh Cook can fight it out for second and maybe win.

Trailer:


Cable guide synopsis: "Former classmates Lina and Max are traveling home for the holidays, until a storm hits and they have to work together to make it home in time, no matter the mode of transportation."

Location: NYC->Terrance OH->Cedar Falls(?), IN->Holland’s Pass, MO->Kansas->Colorado (Bridge-something? is the name of the town?)

Realism of location: Establishing shots of NYC only, on the ground could have been anywhere. They did a good job at least of making sure the license plates changed as they made their way across the country.

Primary setting: N/A!

Relationship categorization: traveling across the country together from NYC to CO

New Love or Rekindled Love: New Love (though they were casual HS aquaintances)

How the couple meets: they are shown almost crossing paths three times before they speak to each other (and it turns out that they live in the same general area in NYC) but they first interact on a plane leaving NYC when they recognize each other from their hometown

Female lead physical profile: short (commented upon a couple of times in the script), short hair (Caucasian)

Female lead signature look: Sweater and jeans and a cute winter hat, winter jacket (their luggage was misplaced when their initial flight to Denver was diverted and landed in OH due to a storm) though she picked up a sweater dress at some point for a Christmas carol party thrown by the male lead's cousin and it was pretty cute

Female lead personality profile: Professional Problem Solver (Conflict Resolver?, she had a specific term for her job), very confident and very willing to help anyone she meets, sometimes to the determent of her stated mission to get home by Christmas Eve

Female lead confidant(s): I guess her mom and/or sister, but this movie spent a lot of time with just the leads and the supporting cast changes as the movie moves across the country

Male lead physical profile: light beard, a haircut that I didn't like (Caucasian)

Male lead signature look: flannel shirt and jeans, winter jacket

Male lead personality profile: grew up on a farm but his brother eventually took over the family business (RLC states that she thought he would be a hometown lifer), he is a software developer and self-released an app that allows farmers to track (or trade or buy?) farm equipment that got bought out by a larger company that gave him a job (Shirley??)

Male lead confidant(s): see above, but he does have a bit of a heart-to-heart with his cousin in Kansas

Admittedly shallow rating of the appropriateness of the relationship based on purely physical terms: she's cuter but I think it works

Snow: yes

Quality/realism of snow: OK (sometimes looked a little weird on roads while at the same time fine on yards), there numerous scenes where it was raining

Diversity: numerous supporting roles played by POC, including a substantial one by the male lead's cousin's wife in Kansas (they were a cute couple maybe worthy of a spinoff next year?)

Precocious child: they end up staying with a family on a farm in MO (after accidentally catching a freight train and sleeping with their cows hobo-style on the way from IN), and the family has a young son and daughter (somehow RLC fits snugly into one of the daughter's sweaters)

Pets: no

Baking: yes, RLC's mom and sister are shown baking and cooking when she calls them from the road

Source of conflict/break-up after the leads fall for each other: Nothing really, they just make it home and go their separate ways. But luckily they unknowingly switched up their luggage at the airport so the male lead brought RLC's suitcase to her on Christmas Eve and they realized then that they loved and missed each other.

Open mouth final kiss: Not really, but was passionate enough regardless

General observations: Jesus Jones sold "Right Here, Right Now" to Hallmark as some sort of anthem for their upcoming slate of movies in 2021!

Recently deceased relative: male lead's father died 6 months ago, this will be the first Christmas without him

Alcoholic consumption: there is a scene at a bar in NYC where the leads are seated separately from each other with their respective friends

Obviously fake cups/mugs of hot liquid: Yes, gas-station coffee

Snowball fight: no

Ugly Christmas sweaters yes
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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by govmentchedda » Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:28 am

RLC in a tiny sweater? Sign me up! Haven't seen anything like that since Josie and the Pussycats.
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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by Nonlinear FC » Thu Dec 24, 2020 2:26 pm

We watched that the other night. She is adorable and it's one of the better holiday movies I've seen this year.
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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by bapo! » Thu Dec 24, 2020 2:42 pm

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Yes!

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Obviously fake cups/mugs of hot liquid
This has always bothered me. Your hands move differently with an empty cup. Seeing this just takes me right out of a scene. If a prop master doesn't want to fill a cup with liquid, why not just a couple of inches of sand?

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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by rass » Thu Dec 24, 2020 3:01 pm

Some things are meant for a very limited audience and it’s nice to know when they land.

And Gilmore Girls ruined fictional hot drinks for me forever.

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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by DSafetyGuy » Thu Dec 24, 2020 3:10 pm

A mini-thread, but the last one is the best one.

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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

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henley!
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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by mister d » Thu Dec 24, 2020 6:04 pm

It’s a Christmas miracle!
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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

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Hell yeah, bapo's back! Really puts a smile on my face. Missed ya, bud.
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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by bapo! » Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:23 pm

(Hi, guys.)

I was going to mention that my friend developed an unhealthy attachment to Lacey Chabert while watching Christmas movies a couple of years ago. I didn't think that I could mention that here because I thought they were Lifetime movies, which would go against thread rules. But I just checked, and they're actually Hallmark movies, so I'm in compliance.

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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by DSafetyGuy » Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:08 pm

I think you can even mention them if they appear on your local ion Television affiliate.
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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by A_B » Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:16 pm

bapo! wrote:
Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:23 pm
(Hi, guys.)

I was going to mention that my friend developed an unhealthy attachment to Lacey Chabert while watching Christmas movies a couple of years ago. I didn't think that I could mention that here because I thought they were Lifetime movies, which would go against thread rules. But I just checked, and they're actually Hallmark movies, so I'm in compliance.
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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by bapo! » Fri Dec 25, 2020 1:32 pm

A_B wrote:
Thu Dec 24, 2020 11:16 pm
Is this possible?
Is Lacey Chabert problematic? Is she an anti-vaxxer? Anti-coal? A Chelsea fan?

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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by rass » Fri Dec 25, 2020 3:36 pm

Pretty sure the amount of green screen she was exposed to in her Hallmark movie set in Rome last year was unhealthy.
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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by rass » Fri Dec 25, 2020 3:39 pm

And “detriment.” Dammit.

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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by mister d » Fri Dec 25, 2020 7:34 pm

I correct half the posts I put up and still see obvious mistakes a week later.
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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by rass » Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:24 am

My Irish-o'phile wife has been waiting for an Ireland set HM movie for years, and this Saturday we get to the end of the rainbow:




Review to follow?
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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by mister d » Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:49 am

Bro that's Nick Swisher's wife bro.
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Re: 2020 Hallmark Christmas Movie reviews

Post by Nonlinear FC » Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:50 am

I'm legit looking forward to that one. We are putting our subscription on hold after we watch.

Dude from Downton and the actress falls in the Amy Adams/Jenna Fischer category of cute. Can't go wrong.
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