Return of the Christmas Movie Review: 2020 edition


OK so this film was watched on 22nd October, and I have to be honest, this was a bit early, even for me. I tried to psych myself up by going into the John Lewis Christmas department last week, but I got too overwhelmed and had to leave.

But in the interests of ART and CULTURE and your AMUSEMENT, we plough on.

And the first film we’re ploughing into is this: ANOTHER CHRISTMAS KISS

“expect the unexpected”
(you will get EXACTLY what you are expecting)

This is a good title, because you can say it lots of ways, you can put the emphasis on “another” and it sounds like you are sighing and saying “oh god, ANOTHER Christmas kiss?”, or you can say it all excitedly, “another Christmas KISS!”, or – that’s about it really, actually.

Now, as you know there are some strict rules we must adhere to in Christmas Movie World. Snow, if possible fake. Our hero in a stereotypical job. A plotline visible from outer space. You’re going to get all of these things.

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14 Responses to Return of the Christmas Movie Review: 2020 edition

  1. Amy says:

    YAY I’m so glad for Christmas movie reviews because I can read all about them and enjoy the wonder and majesty without having to actually watch them. A++ review!

    I’m impressed with the switcharoo, having Jenna hook up with the “bad boy” rather than the wholesome neighbor dude. Edgy! I thought blonde-lady-in-lift was going to be revealed as an angel at the end? The angel of love or kissing or whatever? Did she exist literally just to say “wise” things to the main characters?

    I will say that I am very intrigued by a movie called Don’t Steal My Baby. I mean, that’s about as straightforward a title as I can imagine.

    • Amy says:

      Oh brother, I had to change my gravatar because it’s getting used on a literary blog now where I write stuff and I have to be all serious there. I’m taoreader.

    • gnidrah says:

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

      I’ve been reading around this 2014 classic and I *think* that it’s actually a sequel (to A Christmas Kiss, clearly) and that Blonde Lady may be in the first film too. Which could sort of explain her presence, that she’s a thread of continuity between the two films… She’s definitely real though.

      And yeah – Don’t Steal My Baby sees a woman, um, not wanting another woman to steal her baby? 🤣

  2. Sergeant Tibbs says:

    Oh this is my favorite time of year (and my neighbors clearly agree – everyone in the neighborhood had pumpkins and ghosts out on the lawn and my neighbors went straight to Christmas lights and a blowup yoda holding a candy cane (as yoda does I guess).

    This movie was a roller coaster and I don’t think I’m on board with Cooper and his creepy rose petals at the office (this is a harassment suit waiting to happen). Maybe that’s why his sister said to stay away from Jenna, she’s just looking out for the lawsuits.

    Have you seen Holidate on Netflix? It stars Emma Roberts at her most annoying and a person I kept referring to as 4th Hemsworth brother until the end when I wondered “wait IS he really a Hemsworth brother??” You won’t be disappointed.

    • gnidrah says:

      OMG I definitely had “lawsuit waiting to happen” in my notes, but I had to edit because otherwise it would be up there with Ulysses in terms of length. Personally v keen to watch the original to see what crumbs I might gain to explain any of the plot.

      I have NOT seen Holidate, but title alone, I am on board. I’ve just been scrolling through the planner and spotted one about two lawyers on opposing sides who fall for one another BECAUSE CHRISTMAS and it is all I can do not to stop and watch it right now. But I’ve been up since 3:30am because of the e******n so I think I ought to pause…

    • Tracey says:

      How good/bad is Holidate? Should I use it as my pick for date night movie, or save it to watch by myself while doing mindless work stuff?

      • Sergeant Tibbs says:

        I…wouldn’t subject unwilling participants to it but it was kind of clever in some parts and kind of sexist in other parts. Like a half step up from the worst pool of Christmas movies.

        Gnid, what’s the two lawyers one called? Maybe I’ll have to watch ahead. It’s snowy and I need a distraction.

        Also has anyone watched Gameface with Roisin Conaty (on Hulu in the US)? I feel like it’s a hidden gem for binging in our current climate.

        • gnidrah says:

          Oh god, I can’t track down the title! And I know this is going to be a shock, but apparently it’s NOT the most original idea, and there are several festive lawyer films?!

  3. Tracey says:

    I have been looking forward to your Christmas movie recaps! I hope more are coming! I’m sorry it took me so long to get here, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind. One year I became obsessed with watching all the Hallmark Autumn movies – lots of apple picking and cider and hayrides. And ladies with typical career gal jobs that learn to love life on a farm, of course.

    • gnidrah says:

      I’m just happy you’re here 🙂 ok so I have got a lot more work scheduled, which is obviously a good thing after the summer of zero work, but it means no Christmas reviews till I’ve worked out how to fit my life together with the new roster! There will be more though – promise/threat…

      • Sergeant Tibbs says:

        This is great news! Congratulations on the new work and hope you settle in soon (for your sanity’s sake but also so you can watch as many Christmas movies as you want).

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