Best Christmas Party Ever (2014)
Next to last in the line of all-new Hallmark premieres in their well-known and popular Countdown to Christmas campaign, this telefilm Christmas kind of party is among my favorites. Here’s what the story is all about: Jennie Stanton (Torrey DeVitto) is one of the best there is in party planning. She’s an event planner working for the premiere sought-after party planner, Petra (Linda Thorson) who, in an unexpected move, announces that this will be her last Christmas season. This leads Jennie to believe that she’ll be taking over ownership of the business, only Petra surprises her yet again with another ringer. The plan is to bring in Petra’s nephew, Nick (Steve Lund) to groom him to take over the business. To make matters worse, Petra expects Jennie to train him and with two people with vastly different ideas, this could cause a mess.
As I already said, this film wound up being one of my favorites. Or it was up until I quit watching it; I just ran out of time between everything else and never got back to it. I think it had some advantages its competitor’s didn’t this season, one of which was the characterization. The second being the plot, which (in my viewfinder) was a good attempt at breathing “fresh” life into the cliché (albeit very loved) world of Christmas flicks. The setting of a party planning business lent itself to some creative storytelling; it was fun to see Jennie’s creative ideas come alive and hear her vision through her business pitches for the many party’s she plans. Making it all the more fun is that the scope of those parties has the freedom to be bigger because they’re portrayed as high class parties.
Beyond that, what I liked most was the characterization. Nick is really a great character since he’s one that is “deeper” than first impressions and while some will roll their eyes at his development, I “understand” where the reasoning for the character came from. He wasn’t the kind of superficial hero I’d originally pegged him as and that was a breath of fresh air. Jennie too is a fun character, who has more to reveal than her professional persona, as all characters do. Overall, Hallmark has crafted another sweet and endearing kind of film. It may be a signal that draws us to a close for our 2014 Countdown to Christmas premieres, but it’s a good one. If you’re looking for a night in, make sure to RSVP to this party. It’s an event not to be missed.
Catch Best Christmas Party Ever tonight on Hallmark Channel. Share any thoughts you have about this one down below – and check out the promo trailer!