That’s a Mouthful of a Title!
I was super excited for this one. Ashley Williams is one of my FAVORITE Hallmark leading ladies. I love that she’s so chipper and goofy. She has great comedic timing…and I don’t know what it is about her, but she just makes me happy.
I have never heard of this odd saying of “Never Kiss a Man in a Christmas Sweater” ….so I don’t know if that’s actually a thing…if it is, it’s dumb. #1 Christmas Sweaters are amazing: the cheesier, the better. #2 The fact the Ashley’s character thinks this…..is probably the 1st reason why this movie didn’t sit right with me. She’s normally the over-the-top positive ball of Christmas CHEER….I want that Ashley on my screen. I mean, she loved Christmas, but having her be sad about not being with her daughter was too sad. (this could, again, be hitting too close to my heart as a child that had to spilt holidays between my parents houses)
I wanted to love this one so much. Something about it was just a bit off for me. You mean to tell me of ALL the “UGLY” Christmas Sweaters in all the world at your fingertips….you want me to believe that her light bulb Dress was the WORST thing she could find?
So here’s how I’m going to break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️ Maggie & Lucas…I’m giving you 3 hearts SOLEY based on the sleigh ride and that last scene where Maggie declares she “loves this sweater” Those 2 moments felt like entirely different characters than you played the whole rest of the movie. If that couple would have been shown more, y’all would have been adorable.
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Taking out a Man with a Christmas tree was a pretty great start….plus, I loved the Military families storyline woven into this. It was cute and pulled at a whole separate set of heartstrings. Hallmark is really going to all inclusive this year….showcasing lots of different family dynamics. The divorced parents sharing custody (of course in a very happy Hallmark way 😉 )
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️ Little Man Reed was the cutest! All the other supporting cast kind of faded into the background….except for the very serious Colonel who thawed just enough to make Maggie smile very BIG in the end!
FEELS❤️❤️❤️ I wanted SO MUCH MORE from this pairing! Ashley & Niall should have been gold. Maybe it was just me, but something was missing. The video surprise at the party got more feels from me than anything else.
HALLMARK SURPRISE (anything that really jumped out from the “norm” Hallmark Movie equation) ❤️❤️❤️ The biggest surprise for me was Maggie’s abrupt anger during the “misunderstanding” It seemed far too harsh. And also, I do NOT like Ashley Williams being sad or angry. It hurts my heart too much.