I’ve got a lot to unpack with this one….
Danica McKeller is often a Hallmark guarantee as a leading lady….and I have been known to enjoy Dylan Neal in the Cedar Cove & Gourmet Detective series on occassion…..so I really expected to love this one….
In fact, the writing/acting was so awkward for me that there were moments I had to check to see if I was watching Hallmark and not Lifetime…..
Tripp Wyndym. Can we just pause here and acknowledge the ridiculousness of this name? (I laughed the first 15 minutes of the movie for this alone.)
What bothered me the most though: Tripp. The character is horrible. He’s tasked with firing everyone…but never actually feels bad about it…..Then, he flies across the country pursuing Kayleigh to return to the job, but also romantically pursuing her…..over stepping is the understatement of the century here. Oof!
So here’s how I’m going to break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each
CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️ Tripp & Kayleigh. Shouldn’t happen. This romance is inappropriate in so many ways…..even if I could get past the employer/employee (which I’m sure I could since it’s Hallmark and I’m sure it’s been done before…and I probably loved it) These two weren’t genuine. Tripp could drive a Hallmark Truck COVERED in RED FLAGS with the creep vibes he gave off. TOO MUCH. Did not like. Was it the age difference? Not sure. Just didn’t sit right with me.
STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️ OK, I liked the different ideas Kayleigh wrote about in her column to inspire the town to get into the Christmas spirit. I’m 100% on board with the Christmas Cocktail Party!……aside from that…..none of the rest of it really connected with me
SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️ DR.DAN! Now, this is the man for you, Kayleigh! How was I more invested in the “wrong guy” then the supposed “right guy”?!?!? Ultimately, that can’t just be chemistry, right????….that has to be the writer’s job, no? The little bit of Tripp vs. Dan dueling for her affections was cute. Glad Kayleigh has a great best friend in Stephen and an awesome sister….(still think Stephen knows what’s up with Tripp, and, girl should listen to him!)
FEELS ❤️❤️I think I’ve made most of my “feels” clear so far….if we need to point out some others…I could mention all the excitement feels I got about thinking about having that cocktail party….with drinks on Tripp and Dan for the first 1 1/2 hours 🙂 …….on a serious note, Danika hit it out of the park with her reaction to Tripp’s overstep with her novel. She could have been a bit harsher, though, if you ask me. 😉
HALLMARK SURPRISE (anything that really jumped out from the “norm” Hallmark Movie equation) ❤️THIS whole movie. I am shocked this made it past the editor’s desk. Tripp should’ve fired them.