Have you ever watched a movie and wished for your time back? Wondered what you can do that is a better way to spend your time than the hours that you wasted? That’s the way that I felt about this atrocity of a movie. Because it was flat out horrible.
Like seriously, it was bad.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT: With Christmas just around the corner, ambitious realtor/designer Abigail Jones (Newbrough) has no time for holiday spirit. Having just landed a career-changing opportunity to represent DevelaCorp, the largest property development company in the city, a busy Abigail is torn when her sister calls for help during the holidays with the “simple flip” of a recently inherited home. Abigail, who buries herself in her work, reluctantly sets off to help the family but is thrown a curveball when she learns the inherited house has a co-beneficiary, Bo (Rosner), the town’s altruistic contractor. Abigail needs to sell the home for her sister who needs the money to make room for her growing family, including their dad who has recently moved in. Bo, on the other hand, wants to use the house as a bed and breakfast. As Abigail and Bo negotiate the pros and cons of each option, her holiday spirits are lifted as their collaboration leads to a reinvigorated sense of community. However, when Abigail unwittingly draws DevelaCorp’s attention to some local prime real estate, they bid to purchase the vacant land with the intent to regentrify Bo’s beloved community. Abigail is devastated after revealing the impending sale to Bo, knowing she’s dampened their budding relationship. As she sets out to quash the deal and rescue the local community spirit, she discovers what’s truly important in life – the love of family, friends, and that special someone, especially during the holidays.
WHAT IT’S GIVING: AI wrote it right? This has to be the only way that a script this cliche was written.
STANDOUT PERFORMANCE: Me. For sitting through it. If it was a book, it would have been closed and gone on my DID NOT FINISH pile.
Before you come for me, please know that I am completely of sound mind and body watching the movie and writing this review. It just felt like a movie from maybe Countdown to Christmas’ first year and you know, something that was from AI. Why do I say that? Because I don’t want to tell you that the writer was a bad writer and I want to give her the benefit of the doubt.
However, I can’t for the life of me understand why in a world where Hallmark is taking steps to move forward, they decided to regress with this movie. It very much embraces Hallmarks original formula and their was a time in my life I probably would have enjoyed this. Their was also a time in my life where I enjoyed matching socks. But I have moved past that one also.
Everyone needs to grow.
That may be the only good thing about this movie was the character growth. Even when it seemed unbelievable. What this movie did fail at was showing te actual idea – the flipping part of it. It was like, not important. There were so many potential moments that were missed, because it fully seemed that the writer or the editor enjoys plot holes.
We the viewer do not.
And that’s all I will say, because my Scrooge meets Grinch side is coming out and I hate it when that happens.
It didn’t melt my grinch heart, just left it a little more hardened.
Christmas Cheer: 🎄