Hallmark kicks off their annual Christmas movie marathon with ‘Tis the Season for Love. It is Sarah Lancaster’s second Hallmark movie (Fir Crazy). Unfortunately, here she plays a rather unlikable character, whose selfishness undermines the whole movie.
Becky (Lancaster) is a struggling stage actress in New York City. Her Broadway-star roommate buys her a ticket home for Christmas. Greeted with awe and admiration, Becky is afraid to tell anyone that things aren’t going well for her in New York. Over the course of the movie, we discover that Becky has deliberately stopped contacting her friends while in New York, and barely inquires after own mother’s well-being.
Her selfishness and woe-is-me attitude is so profuse and grating that the viewer is left to wonder why the love interest is fawning all over her. His reasoning is his schoolboy crush on her has carried through to today, despite the fact that he was dating someone else when he knew Becky. He married that someone else, but apparently still carried that torch for the woman who barely knew he existed and never bothered to talk to anyone once she left for New York.
It should come as no surprise that she ends up staying in her hometown. In New York, she was a small fish in a big pond, where she would have to work to accomplish anything. In Kern (her hometown), she is given a job and a boyfriend with no effort and everyone worships the ground that she walks on despite only caring about herself.
Perhaps I have been a bit harsh on ‘Tis the Season for Love, but if I don’t like the characters, I tend not to like the overall show. The male lead was a little blah in my eyes, certainly not enough to elevate him above the unlikable selfish female lead. I can only imagine Hallmark started the season with a weak effort because they figured no one would be watching so early in the season. Hopefully, the movies get better as Countdown to Christmas continues.
WWYT Rating: 5.76
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