Christmas Under Wraps (2014)
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.
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.
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.
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.