“12 Dates of Christmas” was released in 2011. It stars Amy Smart, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Benjamin Ayres, and Jayne Eastwood.
To read my review click here. I want to warn you this blog entry contains spoilers.
This movie follows Kate, a young woman who after a horrible blind date on Christmas Eve, wakes up to find she is re-living that same day and date all over again.
Why do I love this movie? It makes me laugh. Don’t get me wrong, there’s romance and kindness and other feelings but I enjoy the funny scenes.
It is a take on “Groundhog Day” where the main character relives the same day repeatedly. Like “Groundhog Day”, she also uses this magic at first for fun and folly, but she turns it around to make it meaningful.
She is surrounded by interesting characters and situations to resolve. There’s her difficulty accepting her stepmother after losing her mother, her lonely neighbor she ignores, her ex-boyfriend who is getting engaged, two strangers, a man in a bar who is having a rough night, teens at a hockey center, and a man her stepmother set her up on a blind date with.
I like the way this movie handles her evolution. She doesn’t become a better person, rather, she becomes a better version of herself.
I believe a big part of Christmas is to stop thinking about yourself and focus on others. Kate takes this journey and finds true magic in just being there for others.
If you haven’t seen it, I hope you give it a try. If you have, I'd love to hear your thoughts on the movie. Happy Viewing!