These are the reviews of those movies.
|yeah... you and me both, sister|
Well here's a weird one. Either my standards have been worn down like broken glass in the ocean, or this movie is actually good, disguised as corny garbage.
I'm not quite sure where to start; this is two-in-a-row wherein I didn't want to set my television on fire. It wasn't just un-terrible, I think I enjoyed it?
The cast was terrific. (The lead is apparently on LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, which is a show I feel like I want to like, but not enough to watch it.) Everyone is funny, natural, convincing, and likable. I was looking them up on IMDB, not to mock, but to genuinely find other things they've been in, to check more of their work out. The plot was corny and the premise was ridiculous, but they took some twists, and addressed the nonsense inherent in the plot... this was a movie built on cliches, but it laid them out and dissected them, and then allowed then characters to respond to these post contrivances in a casual and realistic way. My jaw dropped multiple times at the unexpected way characters responded to things. It's almost like the filmmakers set out to find a ridiculous premise and let it play out with realistic characters in a genuine way.
The direction is ... dare I say... artful? It has a thoughtfulness and a subtle flair for storytelling, and the performances match it well. Naturalistic, breezy, and honest. Dang, dudes, I was delighted by this movie!
I DON'T KNOW THAT IT WAS GOOD. But judged by other shit-tastic holiday movies, it was surprisingly engaging, I don't know anything about the "UP" network, where it premiered, or most of the actors, or the director. I know that they all did work that kinda genuinely entertained me. IS THIS MOVIE DOPEY? Maybe, but only inasmuch as it is a movie with no big stars, a silly hook, and a christmas veneer that doesn't really matter. WAS THIS MOVIE SURPRISINGLY AFFECTING? Yeah! The cast was a weirdly great group of mostly-unknowns, who all made sense together; moreso than your freshman college friends, none of who ended up together sexually, and aside from a few on Instagram, you don't really keep up with.
This is not as much of a corny christmas cash-in, as it is a small romantic comedy, with some honest twists and a generic holiday setting for atmospheres' sake. The performances were genuine, and the chemistry between everyone believable. By the end, I was surprised, satisfied, and affected by the directions in which everyone ended up. It feels like one of those movies you watch with your mom when you're home for a funeral, and you end up invested while she posts republican facebook memes on her ipad.
I rate this movie 0 out of 10 Melissa Joan Harts, because it actually doesn't fall on the scale of shitty TV christmas movies. It's a lot of talented people making something that well exceeds expectations. Insane. What the hell is happening?
the queen of terrible christmas movies... long live the queen