Thursday, December 29, 2022

#31DaysOfChristmas: Christmas in the Smokies


Watched on: Amazon Prime
Duration: 1 hour 28 minutes
Originally aired: October 1, 2022
Directed by: Gary Wheeler
Starring: Sarah Lancaster, Barry Corbin and Alan Powell
Please see IMDb for full cast and crew information.


Clinging to the only life she's ever known, a headstrong woman (along with her loving parents) finds herself on the verge of losing her family's berry farm in the heart of the Smoky Mountains to an impending retail expansion. Over one eventful holiday season, she tries every avenue possible to save the farm. But when the town leaders notify her that they will seize the property after the holidays, her last hope to unite the town is to throw a Christmas concert on the farm, headlined by her former love, a ne'er-do-well country music superstar. As the day of the concert approaches, they all must learn the value of family, faith and community before time runs out.


Why do banks always want to foreclose on treasured family homes just before Christmas? Is that like a Scrooge trope for bankers or something? And why is it always a surprise to the home owners? Did they just somehow forget they're behind on their payments and that deadlines exist? Have you figured out the theme of this movie yet? Do you think I can complete this review by only asking questions? Would it surprise you if I told you I'm going to try?

If your high school sweetheart who left you for a singing career returned to your small town, would you give him a second chance? What if your own father kept trying to push you two together? What if he said he'd do anything he could to help you save your family farm? Would he need to prove that he's serious to you?

Was there any holiday magic in this movie? Did I see at least some of the events I expect for a holiday rom-com? Would I even classify this as a Christmas movie? Would you be surprised if I told you the answer to all those questions is no? 


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