If there’s one thing you can count on each year, it’s the release of bad holiday movies during December! Listed here are a few examples of movies perfectly appropriate for the holiday season, but not appropriate for an enjoyable couple hours of screen time.
1. The Holiday Calendar
This first movie is a romantic comedy/drama Netflix Film released in 2018. It has a 5.8/10 review by IMDb and 40% Rotten Tomatoes. The story is set in modern times, and is about Abby Sutton, played by Kat Graham, a strong willed woman who wants to pursue her dreams as a photographer. She comes in contact with an old advent calendar that starts to predict her future with the small objects that the calendar gives. They coincide with the events that happen in her day. The calendar eventually brings a love interest into her life, Josh Barton, played by Quincy Brown, her childhood best friend who supports her throughout the time they are together. The content itself can be pretty interesting at times due to the concept of the mystical ‘magical’ advent calendar, but a lot of the moments that occur within the film are cliché and expected.
2. A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding
Similar to A Holiday Calendar, ‘A Christmas Prince: The Royal Wedding’ is a romantic/dramatic movie released in 2018 by Netflix. Its reviews are 5.1/10 on IMDb and 63% Rotten Tomatoes. This move is the sequel to the film released last year, ‘A Christmas Prince’, which left off with Prince Richard proposing to the main character, Amber Moore, portrayed by Rose McIver, a person who has strong beliefs and is always herself despite the harsh critiques around her. The sequel has Amber questioning whether or not she is ready for the duties of becoming the Queen of Aldovia. Prince Richard, played by Ben Lamb, is her husband-to-be, and a responsible man who has a lot on his plate, which causes him to act out of line at times. Overall, this movie is pretty alright. It follows the cliché of a lot of other movies where normal people become royalty and eventually realize that being royal may effect the way they used to live their lives.
3. Christmas With a View
‘Christmas With a View’ is the only movie out of these that is not a Netflix Original. Released, and set, in 2018, ‘Christmas With a View’ is yet again a romance/drama movie. Like the rest of the movies on the list, this movie received pretty poor reviews, with an IMDb rating of 5.2/10. The plot of this movie follows a young waitress, Clara Garrison played by Kaitlyn Leeb, aspiring to become an owner of her own business. She is a kind lady with a strong sense of patience and hospitality, and despite failing in the past, she continues to pursue her dreams. Up-and-coming star chef, Shane, played by Scott Cavalheiro, ends up employed at the resort she works at while searching for the place his parents spent their honeymoon. Does this sound weird, unnecessary, and convoluted? Yes it does, and it is. Upon their first meeting, they instantly fall in love. Seriously, just like that. The story is compelling but the romance drags the film down. Their romance actually starts the first time they meet. Seriously, why?
4. The Princess Switch
This film is — you guessed it — a romantic comedy released in 2018 by Netflix. It has the highest rating out of these four movies, with a 6/10 from IMDb and 89% rotten tomatoes. The plot follows yet another cliché, where the two very similar looking main characters meet and somehow end up switching places for a short amount of time. It has happened in the films ‘Monte Carlo,’ ‘The Parent Trap,’ and ‘The Lizzie Mcguire Movie.’ The two main characters, Stacy De Novo, a normal girl from Chicago, and Lady Margaret Delacourt, the Duchess of Montenaro, both played by Vanessa Hudgens, form a close relationship within the first day they met. They are both independent woman and do what they feel is right. During the time they spent in each other’s lives, they both end up falling in love with someone. Though the plot has been used extensively with other movies in the past, it does bring an interesting and modern aspect to the table. But let’s be honest, everyone just watched this movie for Vanessa Hudgens, which also explains its higher-than-average ratings.
All these movies have a common theme: they are romantic and they have a happy ending. That isn’t a bad thing if that is the kind of movie you are into. If you are, then that’s great, these are the movies for you! In my opinion, these movies are all very cringey and bad, but I still enjoy watching them each year, as do many other people. All of the stories are overused, cliché, and predictable, but sometimes all you need is a good old fashioned reliable Christmas movie to bring you happiness, or bring you to the realization that you are sad and lonely. Whichever of those parties you fall into, these movies are pretty entertaining — that is if you aren’t trying to find an actual decent movie with decent acting to match. Happy Holidays!