My Hallmark Obsession

Hallmark Movie Review: The Christmas Contest

Dare I say….this may be my favorite CCB Christmas movie….

….so far….

So here’s how I break it down:
5 categories, 5 hearts possible in each

CHEMISTRY (between the leads) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ with all the hype about a DJ & Matt reunion…I really went into this guarded. I didn’t love Fuller House. (Full House was far superior in every way…I’ll fight you on that) BUT. This Ben and Lana: sign me up for everything they do together! Wow! The bickering, the flirting, the honesty…whispering in her ear….I loved it all! Something about this relationship just seemed so real…like, not Hallmark hokey. yes 👏 to 👏 it 👏 all 👏

STORYLINE (overall plot of the movie) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ This competition was so fun! Loved how they shot it like a reality show and had them speak to the camera! Loved the moms, grandmas, and kids playing a part. Again, this was just written so well! Our characters both grew and learned so much over the course of the story!

SUPPORTING CAST ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Lana’s mom was like a REAL mom! Not Hallmark perfect and I was here for it! I loved how she was totally a mama bear on her daughter’s side….but then also saw how life just isn’t black/white…and Ben’s grandma was so sweet too! Gotta love when the moms/grandmas shake their groove thangs!

FEELS ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ Ben and Lana made me laugh out loud so many times! Too many cute lines to name…and then too many moments that made me swoon. Ben was a smooth operator! I’ll tell you what, I’ll never get over being charmed by him 😏 and then the head-to-head convo by the fire….and just when I thought I wasn’t going to cry this movie….CCB goes and rips apart her Christmas tree in tears 😭

HALLMARK SURPRISE (what made this different from typical Hallmark movies) ❤️❤️❤️❤️ there were so many times I felt like the writers poked fun at typical Hallmark plot points! “Like what, she’s just going to burn her MBA and buy a tree farm in the country?” 😂 but mainly, I was surprised by the real conversations and dialogue in general…..just when I thought it would get cheesy, it didn’t.

NEW (ungraded) CATEGORY no hearts given, but I feel like some of the “traditions” or decor in these movies NEED a little spotlight. I mean…


  1. This contest! How fun! What a great Christmas activity!
  2. Also, going to look up those gold bling glasses 🤓 the ladies were wearing! I want!

24/25 this will be added to my “watch every year” list!

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