Christmas Under Wraps (2014)

Saturday, November 29, 2014

We’re over halfway through the 12 brand-new premieres of the Countdown to Christmas season (*sad face*) and tonight’s film is a cute (albeit familiar) story about elves, a doctor and the beautiful (but limiting - particularly to our leading lady) location of Alaska. Here’s the story's 411. Dr. Lauren Brunell (Candace Cameron Bure) has everything in her life neatly planned out. First she becomes a doctor following in her father’s footsteps (which she can check off), next she has plans to get a Boston fellowship, same as her dad and things are falling nicely into place with her boyfriend who she suspects is about to propose. Things instead take a detour. Despite her dad’s connections, she doesn’t get the fellowship and her boyfriend isn’t as crazy about her as she thought. This leads her to a tiny town in Alaska where she practices general medicine and meets a guy named Andy (David O' Donnell) whose father is suspiciously alike a widely loved Christmas figure.  

In case you couldn’t tell, it’s a blast to watch the new Christmas movies, and to pick favorites and add to that list of re-watches each year. Having familiar faces star in their films also is a big incentive and leading lady Candace has certainly garnered a following that enjoys seeing her return to the channel for any number of roles. For me, this movie fell a bit flat merely because I’d recently rented a movie in which Candace played a doctor (Finding Normal) so everything felt very familiar. That being said, I still loved the fun concept of the story and of course, the setting.  

Having family in Alaska, it was a blast to see a script set in Alaska even if it wasn’t filmed there the general look and feel came across well. The scenery was pretty and rarely looked fake or “off” (or what I saw wasn’t – I admit sometimes I multi-tasked while watching this). The characters were fun albeit many recycled plots came into play during the story, mudding up the personalities sometimes. On the flipside, the story is super festive and I liked the emphasis on family as an important relationship not to take for granted as well as the cute subplot of Lauren's nurse. If you're looking for something cozy to snuggle under your favorite blanket and enjoy while finishing up some of those Thanksgiving leftovers, this isn't a bad way to end the holiday week. 

Catch the premiere of Christmas Under Wraps tonight (Saturday the 29th) and if you plan to watch or see this one, don’t forget to share your thoughts on it; I’d love to chat about them.


  1. So I went to mom's to borrow the Hallmark Channel last night to watch this one. I thought it was VERY cute! Acting could have been better at times. And it took me about 30 minutes to remember that she's not DJ Tanner anymore! LOL. I"m glad that she gave up Boston to stay in Alaska. She needed the town and the town needed her. Plus Andy was just too cute!

    1. Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one, Dawn. I did too - it had a few too many familiar twists (because I've seen it done SO many times), but overall, it's a sweetheart of a movie for its genre. Plus, yes! I also like seeing Candace in something - she was fun in 'Let it Snow' also. :)

  2. Sounds very cute and fun.
    Gotta love Hallmark Christmas movies:)

    1. It is, Ella! But as you say, we've gotta love these Christmas movies! :)

      Have you found favorites this year?

    2. I watched a movie called ' A Christmas Wedding Date', which is a few years old, but I hadn't seen it before. It was kind of silly, but cute.

      What about you?

    3. I haven't seen that one yet but was eyeing it on Amazon. Thinking I'll now have to order it. :)

      Let's see, my favorites thus far (this year) have been The Christmas Secret, A Royal Christmas or Nine Lives of Christmas. Also, The Best Christmas Party Ever is darling too! It airs on Saturday night (December 13th). :)

    4. Cool! I haven't watched those so I will have to check them out.

      Have a great weekend?

    5. You too, Ella! Hope you enjoy/ed a lovely weekend. :)


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