Monday, November 28, 2022

#31DaysOfChristmas: Middleton Christmas


Watched on: Vudu
Duration: 1 hour 32 minutes
Originally aired: 2020
Directed by: Dale Fabrigar
Starring: Michael Pare, Nancy Valen, Eileen Davidson
Please see IMDb for full cast and crew info. 


In a small town, high-school dean Alana and her vivacious teenage daughter Samantha plan a holiday concert to save the school with the help of the new maintenance man, Army veteran Johnny, and his quiet son Max. But when a car accident lands Sam in a life-threatening condition, Alana turns to Johnny for support, and Max makes a desperate decision that will forever bond their families together. All four must question their values about sacrifice, family, and love - and what it means to be thankful for another Christmas.


This is not a typical Christmas movie. For starters, it begins in September. It doesn't feature most of the typical Christmas romance tropes. There was no cookie baking, no sled rides, no charming outsider meeting the family for Christmas dinner because otherwise they'd alone on Christmas. There was a small fake snow fight and a Christmas pageant though, but those really represent the only tenuous connection this movie has to Christmas.

I would personally classify this movie as a YA romance, not a holiday movie, and I almost feel guilty using it for #31DaysOfChristmas, but it's not my fault it's clearly marketed as a holiday movie but failed to deliver on that promise. It seems that they wanted to use the gimmick without committing to the cliches and that really bothers me. 

In the end, it was an okay movie, but the fact that the title and cover are so misleading is a big problem. I just can't in good conscience rate it any higher. If you're looking for a holiday romance, this is not the movie for you. - Katie 


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