If there is only one weak spot in television Christmas films, it’d be the casting. Time and again I’ve been disappointed in the leading man or the perpetual and unwanted goofy sidekick. But then the story usually leaves it audience with a case of the “warm and fuzzy” feelings that all is forgiven. Almost.
Lucky Christmas (2011) Hallmark TV Film Review
Luck for Holly Ceroni (Elizabeth Berkley) is never trending her way. For years she has bought lottery tickets and for years, she plays the exact same numbers. A single mom whose husband cleans out their bank account and walks out, Holly has trouble keeping her son Max (Mitchell Kummen) from believing his father isn’t returning. Her goal is to someday own her own café but for now, she’s a one-room border with a kindly couple. Getting extra hours at any of the jobs is helpful. Luck for Holly is just about to come her way when her Christmas lottery ticket numbers win… but that’s just after her car is stolen… the car that houses the ticket in its glove compartment!
Coinciding with the best (and worst day!) of her life is Holly and Max meeting Mike (Jason Gray-Sanford). For the first time in years, Holly is open to the idea of love again… but will she have to give up her dreams in the process?LUCKY CHRISTMAS (2011) #FWarchives Click To Tweet
In my opinion, the last two to three years have seen a decline in the films that Hallmark channel puts out. Don’t get me wrong, most of them are still cute, but they aren’t up to the same quality as years past. That makes me sad. There just isn’t the same pizzazz and sparkle they once possessed. It’s not that the stories don’t have the potential, they just don’t capitalize on what their maximum could be. True to tradition the stories aren’t inventive (do we really care when it comes to holiday flicks?) but that’s what we love about them. Though I laughed heartily and enjoyed each element, I felt the flaws outweighed the good.
Performances of the actors rarely come across as believable for these situations. One or two scenes are tender but declarations of love after knowing each other for a week earns eye rolls. I’m all for happy endings, but I’m also put off by such extreme measures of incredulity.
Call me crazy but I also appreciate a good-looking leading man and… I did not get that with this film. I don’t mind the actor looking “real,” or rough-around-the-edges but I also like to see a nice face to go with the charismatic character. This actor doesn’t fit this.
By the time credit’s roll, the story did win me over. If for no other reason than there’s a healthy dose of Christmas cheer to make anyone smile. After all, it had luck on its side.
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You can find Lucky Christmas digitally on Amazon Video