Great Casting and Acting Count for a Lot
Despite the female lead (Sarah Drew) being extremely unlikable and annoying at the beginning, this turned out to be one of the best of the Christmas entries in the Hallmark sweepstakes this year. Probably because it’s not really a Hallmark, but on Lifetime. They use the same actors and writers and probably directors, but they always seem to be just a cut above the Hallmark movies.
The plot had a lot of holes and had some questionable elements. Almost the whole town agrees to be matched up to a pen pal by one woman postmaster? What are her qualifications? How does she go about this? How does she handle last-minute entries? Do they just get the dregs? How will Hannah and Sam work out the logistics of their coming marriage? How will she incorporate and sell people on the idea of writing letters before meeting face to face per her failing app/ social media company? Will Sam ever follow Hannah’s advice and get WiFi for his coffee shop? These burning questions and probably more go unanswered.
This movie ended up high on my special Hallmark rating scale because of good acting and appealing actors and actresses. Especially the male lead and Hallmark veteran, Niall Matter. My, was he appealing and had great chemistry with Sarah Drew. Michael Gross of Tremors and Family Ties added his veteran acting chops. The cast of secondary characters was exceptional. A special shout out to Latonya Williams who lit up the screen with her smile.
By the end, there were 6 match-ups that had some potential. Great job, Santy Claus… uh…Madam Post Master!
3 thoughts on “Christmas Pen Pals”
I’m sorry, this is my fault, but I watched “Ghosts of Christmas Always” (again 🙂 right before this. You understand……
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I have another one for you. Writing my review now. Good year for Hallmark!
I’m telling ya, things are looking up!!! When Peter saw Katherine for the second time, hiding behind that Christmas tree, and she didn’t stutter and stumble and knock it over and roll out into the middle of the floor, I knew that Hallmark had had an epiphany. 😉
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