Cute Story and Cute Leads
Two charming leads with great chemistry put this one in “rewatchable” status. I had just been thinking that Robin Dunne had a real Tom Hanks vibe going on when lo and behold he started to play Christmas songs on the giant piano keys. Coincidence? I don’t think so. The plot was interesting and amusing as the struggling female love interest worked to decorate our hero’s boutique hotel lobby for Christmas. His job and a possible promotion was on the line, and her art career would get a much needed jump start. I was a little underwhelmed by her final product, but everyone in the movie seemed to like it, so it must have been me.
Not Much to This One
There are no real subplots to keep interest going. A very slight secondary romance, between a pretty girl and a rather plump short chef. It was not a good match even though I like unlikely pairings. It’s basically a travelogue exploring the Christmas traditions of a small New Mexican town. The acting was very weak, though Sara Canning had flashes of adequacy. Her love interest, a doleful widower (of course) with a young son, looked more like her father. He was very weather-beaten and too thin and had a terrible wardrobe. Like Hollywood’s idea of what a Mexican-American man should be dressed like.
The flirty food fight was present and accounted for but thank goodness, the flirty snow ball fight was avoided but only because it was New Mexico. Very annoying Santa Claus imposter added to the overall fail. However, one star for the attempt at diversity with a Latino lead, however lame
November 10, 2020