Like the inevitable character in a third of Hallmark Channel Christmas movies, I fear I have lost “The Christmas Spirit.” In hopes of finding it, I will be watching a ridiculous number of Christmas movies on TV. Here is my story…
A Gift Wrapped Christmas (2015) Lifetime
-A main actress who is KILLING it
-A love interest who is one of the schlubbiest dudes I’ve ever seen. He’s not fat or ugly or gross, just the perfect example of frumpy mediocrity. Oh, and he’s also a v bad actor. GTFOH with him.
-An upscale tailor shop that also sells light-up ugly Christmas sweaters, then a father so terrible he makes fun of it right in front of his kid, who is the one who picked it out!
-Here’s the problem with “Scrooge/Grinch” stories: these writers take it too far. This dude is a complete ass hole, is mean to children, is vaguely sexist, has a girlfriend who is an evil queen caricature, is an inconsiderate boss. And then the only thing that changes him is that a woman likes him? Why would anyone like him? Why am I supposed to? He’s a dick, & I hope he chokes on one.
-A party game called “Name that Carol” where they play the song and you have to name it–as if there are more than 7 Christmas carols—which then turns into 2 people lovingly singing Silent Night to each other at a work party.
This one was both ends of the spectrum. The main character needs her own TV show—I would watch the fuck out of that—but I (obviously) hated the dude. It was a real back and forth.