'Tis the Season for Love (2015)
Is anyone else in awe that Christmas is right around the corner? This is a good news/bad news scenario in my world. But hey, on the upside, the close proximity to Christmas means the 2015 Christmas movies has begun. Yes that's right. You probably can guess what this means: here, at Dreaming Under the Same Moon there are bound to be lots of Christmas movies featured. If that doesn't thrill ya', they should only appear on the weekends. Or most of the time. Let's jump right into the season's first premiere, 'Tis the Season for Love...
In this quaint story, we meet small-town-girl turned New York Off-Broadway star Beth (Sarah Lancaster). When her latest play ends early, and her life (complete with a place on her bestie's couch) is anything but how she imagined Beth is gifted ticket by that best friend to return to her hometown over Christmas. Once home with the mother who raised her singlehandedly, Beth is awash in memories. Memories of the things she did with her best friends - including ex Barry (Andrew Francis) and his friend, Dean (Brendan Penny), in high school. Memories of the choice she made to leave - and the consequences of leaving behind something precious. Most of all, she ponders the "what if's." What if she had stayed? What if she stays now... what if she is really missing out on her real dream?
I was really impressed with this film. It may be the first of Hallmark's 2015 Countdown to Christmas, but it should by no means be looped into a marginal standing. Penned by Nina Weinman (Lucky in Love), the script for this is really very inventive. The concept follows a similar path as say, Nicholas Cage's Family Man or any of the countless other films that take this tract (including several of Hallmark's), but this one doesn't stay in an alternate universe pattern, which I much preferred. Instead the story gives us, and more importantly, its heroine glimpses of what might have been - what could still be.
If I'm allowed, I now have a bit of a confession. This past fall I began watching Chuck (for the first time) which made seeing this all the more fun. Of course, Sarah is well known from the NBC comedy playing the titular character's sister. Her personality as Beth is fun and of course, the sweet romance has a personality all its own - all of which is done up in traditional Hallmark style. A unique style we all know and love.
Considering the 15+ originals set to premiere this season (between Hallmark Channel and their sister network, Hallmark Movies and Mysteries), this is only the first in a string of what I'm willing to wager will be some amazing and appropriately festive TV programming coming our way.
Catch 'Tis the Season for Love tonight on Hallmark Channel!
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