We’re over halfway through the 12 brand-new premieres of the Countdown to Christmas season (*sad face*). Tonight’s film is a cute (albeit familiar) story about elves, a doctor and the beautiful location of Alaska. Here’s the story’s 411.Christmas Under Wraps (2014) #FWarchives Click To Tweet
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 plans to get a Boston fellowship, same as her dad. Things are falling nicely into place with her boyfriend who she suspects is about to propose. Instead, life takes 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). A guy whose father is suspiciously alike a widely loved Christmas figure.
Christmas Under Wraps (2014) Hallmark TV Film Review
In case you cannot 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 garners a following that enjoys seeing her return. For me, this movie falls a bit flat merely because I’d recently rented a movie in which Candace plays a doctor (Finding Normal). This means everything is quite familiar. That being said, I still like the fun concept of the story and of course, the setting.
Having family in Alaska, it’s a blast to see a setting in Alaska even if it didn’t film there; the general look and feel comes 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 like the emphasis on family as an important relationship to not 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.
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You can find Christmas Under Wraps digitally on Amazon Video