LET IT SNOW (2013). Candace Cameron Bure co-stars with Jesse Hutch in this Hallmark rom-com. All text © Rissi JC

LET IT SNOW (2013)

December 5, 2013 11 Comments

Candace Cameron Bure has been a popular name on the Hallmark channel for a while now but more importantly she’s been an actress who has risen above her childhood career in the spotlight and actually has standards on top of that.  

Let it Snow (2013) Hallmark TV Film Review

Christmas means very little to Stephanie Beck (Bure). After her mother died, her father closed himself off from the world and his daughter. The successful business man (Alan Thicke) begins traveling and eventually ships Stephanie off to boarding school. This is when she realizes the only way to see her father is to work hard enough to one day join his company. Now, years later, Stephanie is working with her father at Falcon Resorts. Her recent assignment is the vacation lodge they just bought in a small Maine town that houses the beloved Snow Valley family lodge.

Determined to be up to the task, Stephanie finds herself challenged and conflicted when she sees what the place means to the family who runs it – including the owner’s son, Brady Lewis (Jesse Hutch), and it’s yearly visitors whose stay is more about warm traditions than obligatory family vacations.  

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Just reading about this one would have me conclude that Let it Snow isn’t likely going to be a favorite Christmas film. I underestimate it. Most of the story is similar to several that have come before it, yet there is a magical charm. Also because I’ve seen Candace is so many of these, seeing her as the headliner didn’t endear this. Needless to say, I’m happy to be wrong. She’s lovely in the role and the cute chemistry between her and Jesse is fun to watch, and for once the couple stays together without incident; sure there is some eventual tension, however there’s not a break up scenario!!

What I respect, love and enjoy so well about the Hallmark Channel is their films are always pro-family. Scripts often deal with some “normal” family discourse, yet they never fail to find a way to heal, too. That’s an excellent quality and one we see all too rarely. Speaking of the production aspects, the locations of this film are also quite lovely! So much snow-y gorgeousness and pristine backdrops; several of the scenes that are funniest take place out on ski slopes or with the characters exploring Snow Lodge. All of this gives credibility to the location and spotlights the “bigness” of the outdoors.  

All in all, Let it Snow is another charming piece of Christmas fluff. It’s got a great sense of color (which may sound unimportant but really makes the scenes “pop”) and seasonal décor. If you’re fans of the sweet gems of Christmas-time flicks, then be sure to catch a showing of Let it Snow. It’s one you may enjoy repeat viewings of.

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11 Comments

  • Ella December 5, 2013 at 5:26 PM

    Awww! This looks adorable.
    Have you seen Moonlight and Mistletoe? It has Candace Cameron Bure in it.

    • Rissi December 5, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      It is adorable, Ella. Be sure to check the Hallmark channel listings for future showings. :)

      …and yes, I have seen Moonlight and Mistletoe. It's been a while but as I recall, it was cute. If you liked that one, you'd like Let It Snow. :)

  • Renee (SteelerGirl83) December 5, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    Yay!!! I'm so glad you liked this. It was one of my favorites this year. :)

    • Rissi December 6, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      Me, too! It was really sweet – hope it's one that comes to DVD next year, too.

      …I owe you an email, BTW, so hopefully I'll get it written tonight, :)

  • Livia Rachelle December 6, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    I love this one! We just watched it again tonight. It is not one of the best of the best, but it is still really sweet. We liked that the couple didn't get into a huge fight or misunderstanding just before the end . . . which seems to be part of the typical Hallmark plot.

    • Rissi December 6, 2013 at 11:51 PM

      It is indeed sweet, Livia. LOL, absolutely – whenever the couple stays together, that's cause for celebration. And we know how rare it is (even for big screen) by the fact that it "stands" apart when they don't get into a fight ten minutes before credits roll. Kudos to the screenwriter of Let it Snow! :)

  • Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com December 6, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I love Candace. I need to see this one.

    • Rissi December 6, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      Yay! I'm pretty sure their are more showing of it yet on Hallmark Channel, Juju, so take a peek at the schedule and you might catch it. :)

  • Kristin December 10, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    My mom and I got drawn into this one while visiting my grandparents over the weekend (we don't have cable, but they do). Unfortunately we only got to see the first half before we had to leave. I'm pretty sure I know how it ended (ha :), but I'd still like to see it again and actually finish it. It was cute! I was hoping it was out on DVD so we could get it through Netflix, but I guess we'll have to try and catch another airing this month. (My mom and grandmother kept talking about how cute the guy was, which was amusing. I couldn't really disagree!)

    I love Full House, but this was the first time I'd seen Candace Cameron Bure in anything as an adult. She still sounds *exactly* the same as she did as 16 year old D.J. Tanner, which made me smile. :)

    • Rissi December 10, 2013 at 9:33 PM

      Fun! Glad to know you ladies were enjoying this one, Kristin. It was one of the best of the three I saw on Hallmark this year. So cute and the acting was actually good. I wish there was a way Hallmark would release some if not all of their Christmas programming the same year it airs – one year they did release a few and that was fun. It's hard to wait the entire year and even then, there's no guarantee the ones you want to see will be out (like you, we don't have cable).

      LOL, you girls have good taste. I'd have to agree; Brady was good-looking. ;)

      It's been years since I watched Full House but I don't doubt Candace sounds the same – she has the same "look" even years later. You should watch Moonlight & Mistletoe too; it has Candace in it and while I like this movie better, it's cute. :)

  • Duane December 6, 2019 at 10:57 AM

    I would love to know what brand of the coat Candace is wearing in Let it Snow. My wife loves it and I would like to get one for her.

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