Each movie listed includes:
(1) Title (2) Rating (3) Genres (4) Starring (5) Synopsis (6) My Personal Review (7) Scoring 1-5
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12 Dates Of Christmas
Genres: Comedy, Family, Romance
Starring: Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Amy Smart
Synopsis: A story that 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.
Review: Another Groundhog Day take-off but I still liked it. This one felt fresh and original. Smart makes Kate relatable, funny, and three-dimensional. I wanted her to find her happiness but I appreciated all her changes along the way. I watch this one every year.
The Twelve Days Of Christmas Eve
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Starring: Steven Weber, Molly Shannon, and Teryl Rothery
Synopsis: Calvin Carter, a successful business executive, has it all, but neglects those closest to him. On Christmas Eve, all that changes when the sign on his office building falls on him. He awakes in a hospital bed, attended to by Angie, a nurse who soon lets him know he has 12 days (12 chances) to get his act together and achieve the "perfect" Christmas Eve. If he doesn't, there will be dire consequences.
Review: Yet another Christmas version of Groundhog Day. We find the main character reliving the same day until he has an epiphany and becomes a good person. Despite its unoriginal plot, it’s a fairly well done version. Molly Shannon adds some levity. Waiting to see how each day ends is a fun part.
Genres: Drama, Romance
Starring: Ashley Jones and David Blue
Synopsis: A man who wins a small fortune decides to share his winnings by acting as a Secret Santa to people in a small town. One of the characters chosen is a boy whose father is deceased. The man grows fond of the boy’s mother and begins to fall in love with her.
Review: This movie is a bit syrupy but the idea behind it is unusual compared to most repetitive plot lines. The characters are so likable and I rooted for them and I was invested in them. Endearing.
12 Dog Days Till Christmas
Genres: Drama, Family
Starring: Reginald VelJohnson
Synopsis: After being assigned to an animal rescue shelter as part of his community service by his probation officer, a troubled teenager is forced to get into the spirit of the holidays when he is recruited to help find homes for twelve unwanted dogs before Christmas.
Review: While I found this movie to be a bit slow, I liked the characters and the animals. It was a good reminder of the impact we have on our communities and that Christmas is a good time to give of ourselves.
The 12 Dogs Of Christmas
Genres: Drama, Family
Starring: Jordan-Claire Green
Synopsis: A girl uses dogs to teach people about the true meaning of Christmas during the Depression.
Review: A nice family film. The children and dogs will appeal to children. It’s got lots of light moments. The setting can provide historical information for family discussions.
12 Dogs Of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue
Genres: Comedy, Family
Starring: Sean Patrick Flanery, Danielle C. Ryan and D.B. Sweeney
Synopsis: In this heartwarming sequel to the holiday classic, Emma rallies her friends new and old to save a beloved puppy orphanage by putting on a musical holiday extravaganza.
Review: It’s something I think children would enjoy more. It’s a little corny and slow for adults. It’s a sweet story but not easy to sit through.
12 Trees Of Christmas
Genres: Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Lindy Booth, Robin Dunne, Mel B, and Casper Van Dien
Synopsis: Cheri Jamison rallies the residents of her beloved Manhattan neighborhood to participate in a Christmas tree contest when her cherished local library is abruptly set for demolition. Cheri finds herself up against an ambitious developer Tony Shaughnessy.
Review: I love Christmas and libraries so I thought this would be a great movie for me. Unfortunately it was a little boring. The story dragged and was more like a deflated balloon. It isn’t bad to watch if you keep your expectations lower.
3 Day Test
Genres: Comedy, Family
Starring: Corbin Bernson, Megyn Price, and George Newbern
Synopsis: Martin Taylor believes that his family needs to connect and in order to achieve this challenges them to stay in the house for three days without the conveniences of modern life which includes no phones, gas, heating, television and computers. Things take a turn for the worse when some familiar intruders enter the house and the family realize they need to act together.
Review: It’s an interesting concept but the way it was done was so corny. There were some great family moments but overall it’s just too much over the top.
48 Christmas Wishes
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Starring: Bruce Gram
Synopsis: For the first time ever, two junior Elves have to leave home after losing an entire town's letters to Santa. While attempting to blend into small town life, they set out to retrieve every missing wish before Christmas Eve.
Review: It’s a cute movie but definitely more for children. I think they’ll like the child elves. Adults can watch it but children will enjoy it more.
5 Star Christmas
Starring: Massimo Ghini
Synopsis: When the Italian Premier and his companion find a dead body in his hotel suite, while on a trip to Hungary, they find themselves embroiled in a series of comedic situations as they try to avoid a scandal.
Review: You should know this movie is Italian with subtitles so if you can’t do subtitles, stay away. That being said, it’s slapstick comedy that manages to fall short on the comedy. It just seemed too silly, but not in a good way.