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…
Holly’s Holiday (2012) Lifetime
-An argument between two advertisers about whether or not “the perfect life” exists & if they can sell it to people. One of whom believes that the pursuit of perfection is killing people’s spirit. Hey, guy, that means you should probably get out of the advertising game. (And of course you’re right, so you should also burn it all down as you leave.)
-A mannequin who comes to life! (I have SOOOO many questions.) He’s as handsome, friendly, charming, and dumb as you’d think.
-A mildly offensive exchange about whether or not he’s gay that ABSOLUTELY dates this movie. Oof.
-A kiss BEFORE the final scene of the movie. How forward! You don’t even know if you’re in love yet!
-A SECOND DUDE WHO IS PISSED THAT THE WOMAN DOESN’T LIKE HIM. Hard, HARD pass on a guy with “good guy syndrome.” Nope, nope, nope.
-A bunch of mannequins who don’t have the same gender-normative hang-ups as the average person, and a bunch of humans who like to make jokes of it. I hope the mannequins take over the world!
-OH, THE ENDING. I take back what I said before. I’m spoiling this: IT WAS ALL A COMA DREAM!!! And THIS is officially the worst ending imaginable.
Such a fun concept, but with no pizzazz. Then to top it all off they went and ruined it with all their offensive, backwards views of gender. I fast forwarded through a lot of it, and almost every time I stopped, something offensive was said. Rather than watch this movie, read some Audre Lorde for 2 hours—I know I will as penance.
Lifetime, take this movie out of rotation.