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A Christmas Detour (2015)

Another Countdown to Christmas original airs tonight on Hallmark Channel. What does this mean? Obviously, it means you should stay in and pencil in a date with this new Christmas flick. But before you do that, read on to see what this newbie is all about.  

Christmas is going to be perfect for Paige (Candace Cameron Bure). She has a plan and everything on that checklist (or rather, her wedding board) is going according to plan. Until her flight is diverted. You see, she is on her way to meet her future in-laws and being late to the brunch they have planned or any of their opulent Christmas functions is not something Paige can afford to experience.  

On the same flight is Dylan McKenzie (Paul Greene). He’s on his way home too… only unlike the overly bubbly Paige he hasn’t seen his family in four years and is far less enthused this Christmas season. As the pair of travelers must deal with no transportation, they’ll have to find an alternate form of travel if they’re to make it to their destinations on time for Christmas… or maybe they’ll discover their destination is right in front of them.  

Casting familiar faces in their films seems to be a strategy that works well for Hallmark. Anyone who binge-watches these films will recognize Candace from other films like Puppy Love, Just the Way You Are or the darling fan favorite Christmas flick Let it Snow (in which she co-stars with Jesse Hutch, another familiar face from the likes of Cedar Cove). Anything Candace stars in is, simply put, cute. The same can be said of this. Personally, I didn’t think the story was as dazzling as some of the earlier plots (there was something too “exaggerated” about it) from this season’s line-up however that shouldn’t alter anyone’s anticipation in seeing this. 
The script hid some sweet surprises particularly between Paige and Dylan. After their initial meeting, they settled into a more comfortable routine that felt natural. Plus the subplot involving another couple on the plane added some nuggets of wisdom to the possibility of a new romance. With the Thanksgiving meal prepared and gone, and the Black Friday shopping day over, why not settle in with your remaining holiday guests and relax with a cute Christmas movie? What’s not to love about that plan?  

Are you planning on watching A Christmas Detour or have you seen it? What’s your favorite Candace Cameron Bure film? Comment down below with your thoughts.  

Catch A Christmas Detour tonight, November 28th on Hallmark Channel. To pique your interest, have a look at the preview below!
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  1. Spot-on review, Rissi! Watched this one last night with my mom and grandma. Thought the same- cute even if a little much. Lol! I love Candace, so really I'll try anything with her in it. :)

    1. Hi, Bekah! Thank you so much (as always) for visiting and reading. Always great to hear your take, friend. I'm glad you liked this one too! I watch pretty much anything with Candace too and get a kick out of the fact that she tends to play the same type of character; sort of a type-A planner. But then, her films are always so cute, I don't mind. :)

  2. I can't wait to see this one! I'm behind on watching Christmas movis, but hopefully I'll catch up soon. :)

    1. Yay! I hope you can see it soon, Heather. All of these Hallmark films are too cute. :)

  3. This one was cute! Agreed, not dazzling or my favorite of this year's newbies (so far). But, it was fun. I did really like the casting -- the other tag-along couple provided some great comic relief. And I also liked the actor cast as Dylan. Maybe he will be a returning familiar face in other features :)

    1. Exactly; I think my biggest grudge with this one was the timeline. It just wasn't "good enough" to be convincing. Nonetheless, I did enjoy it and like you thought the cast was good. I suspect Dylan will appear again if the rest of Hallmark's returning starts are any indication. In fact he did star in the Hallmark rom-com Perfect Match. :)

    2. Yes, the timeline felt rushed for so serious an ending. And I think I missed Perfect Match. I must remedy that!

    3. I missed Perfect Match too. But I've no doubt it's cute! Here's hoping we both see it soon. :D


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