A Cookie Cutter Christmas (2014)
Many fans have been waiting for this film to premiere and all I’ll say is those fans will enjoy this movie.
Ever since they were small children, Christie Reynolds (Erin Krakow) and Penny Miller (Miranda Frigon) have been friends-turned-rivals. It all began with a Christmas children’s pageant when Penny stole Christie’s solo and ever since then, the two have been competing against each other – even to this day. Both teachers, the two women enter the Christmas cookie bake-off with a winning prize being a class trip for the winning cookie recipe. Things get more complicated when a new student transfers to Christie’s class and her single dad, James (David Haydn-Jones) catches both Christie and Penny’s attention.
If my fandom radar is telling me anything it’s that Hearties (the official fandom for When Calls the Heart) is going to make this a popular movie for the 2014 Countdown to Christmas season because of Erin and indeed, fans will enjoy seeing her in a vastly yet not-so-different role – seriously, when it comes down to basics, she does essentially play the same character only it’s in a contemporary role. There are disastrous baking results, competition for a guy and of course, the profession as a teacher. Sounds familiar, right!? It’s a formula that admittedly is familiar and blissfully, with exception to one or two cringe-inducing no-no’s (laughs or no, said moments are a peg or two over-the-top), it does work.
With some flaws here and there, this is another darling Christmas flick to air on the Heart of TV network. As aforementioned, there is one serious “taking-it-too-far” scene that the writing just went overboard with in the rivalry issue and that is a scene at a party that involves a piano and singing. Every other attempt to “one up” the other I could deal with and thought was cute, but that one scene… just took things a little too much with a side of ridiculous. Looking past this, there’s nothing to complain about with regards to this delicious treat. There is plenty of sweetness in the cozy scenes between Christie, Lily and even James which leaves us rooting for the obvious all while making us hungry for some of our favorite Christmas cookie recipes – and you may want a plate handy while enjoying this treat. You’ve been warned.
Catch the premiere of A Cookie Cutter Christmas tonight, November 9th on Hallmark Channel. If you tune into this one, let me know what you thought!