The blanket statement can be made that all Hallmark films pull similar Christmas movie ideas that we already know and love. That said, this in no way reduces the bright light they are. This latest in the line of 2015 premieres, not to mention a telefilm airing on our favorite and most festive network, is the normal bit of fluff we all love.
Christmas Incorporated (2015) Hallmark TV Film Review
Riley Vance (Shenae Grimes-Beech) is ready to break out of the family business, and make something her own in the big city. Though her parent’s don’t understand why she pursues job interview after job interview (that end in rejection), they support her. Today, her resume is in the hands of William Young (Steve Lund), a young businessman eager to step out of his father’s shadow, not to mention, a man who goes through assistants like no one’s business. Riley is hired after impressing William in his discussion meeting about whether or not to close one of their toy factories… only trouble is, she does it while being mistaken for someone else; someone with a more prestigious resume.
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Once again, I give another “thumbs up” to Hallmark’s newest original. It’s as cute as its promotional material suggests and then some. While I do have some minor complaints, the overall conclusion is that this is darling. As I was watching this, that minor complaint is directed at the romance. Don’t misunderstand, it isn’t because I don’t like the leading couple together, it’s more in the development of their relationship. I felt there wasn’t enough interest written into the script. But on reflection and in thinking back over the film, my mind shifted towards a positive connotation. The relationship between Riley and William is actually really good. It’s more about William coming to see value in Riley, and there being a spark of interest beyond that. As a result, there wasn’t anything unbelievable that came about and while, I did think the end was way too… abrupt, my enjoyment of this was still 100%. The contrasting personalities of the leading couple was interesting and William’s Grinch persona (albeit a cute Grinch) counterbalances
Riley’s bubbly, cheerful self. The premise is good too as is the absence of any sort of exes from the lives of William and Riley; oh, and the tree decorating scene was perfectly adorbs! If you were to copy and paste any other review of a Hallmark film into today’s post, the result would be this. By this, I mean only the highest of compliments. I love the reliability these films have. They’re almost “comforting” on a cold winter night and if you happen to pair this with a cup of hot chocolate, that’s all the better. Pop some popcorn, curl up in your favorite blanket, and enjoy Christmas Incorporated.