Christmas in Homestead (2016) – Small Town Charms Meets Hollywood
of two months, there’s sure to be a Hallmark film to suit everyone. Whether
it be a film about a heavenly being finding the path to rescuing herself or a
woman being granted a gift of courage, there’s plenty of swoons to go round.
One of their latest additions is, in my opinion, also one of their best.
popular fantasy series, Jessica McEllis (Taylor Cole) is ready for the next
stepping stone. She’s about to leave California for her latest movie shoot. Not
only is she playing the lead role in the film, she’s also pulling double duty and risking everything to
produce the film.
Along with Sophie and her aunt, Zoe (Katrina Norman), Jessica also finds herself
drawn to Sophie’s widowed dad, the inn keeper and mayor, Matt (Michael Rady).
movie, it’s one with plenty of modern fairy tale elements. This script does
boast just such a premise. True no one is actually a royal, but there is
something of a fairy tale notion that takes root. We experience it in
the Hollywood royal finding her home and heart in the homegrown Iowa town, and
the good, but ordinary guy who wins her heart.
no! Not again!” reaction. Why, you
may ask? Well, oftentimes I’m so weary of the a.) girl-comes-to-small-town ploy
and b.) actress-comes-to-small-town ploy. So, yep, this one was a double whammy
that, upon first impressions, didn’t impress. But I was determined to watch this one if given the chance because its leading man is none other than Michael
Rady, my crush from the short-lived Emily Owens, M.D. Needless to say, up until now, I’ve been game to see Rady in
anything to help soothe the whole Emily dissing him situation.
The acting is, of course, charming. Michael’s leading man is wonderful, and I
respected the way he loved not only his daughter, but comes to cherish Jessica.
Or at least in as much as can be accomplished in 90 minutes. Also a sweet part
of the script was Matt and Zoe’s relationship. I haven’t seen such an
easy-going or genuine brother/sister friendship in a film for a while. Their
teasing banter and comfortable ease with each other is a testament to the
actors playing the roles. Though she looks different, our leading lady, Taylor
Cole will be remembered from Hallmark’s Appetite for Love. Taylor is the perfect actress for the role; she has the elegant
looks to pull off a popular Hollywood star.
mementos, and accomplish its task which is to thoroughly enchant. I watched this one over the Thanksgiving
holiday with my mother, and both of us were smiling big before ten
minutes were gone. Between the cuteness of Matt’s daughter, Sophie (don’t kids always make a story cuter!?) to the unique characters identifiers, this one is not
to be missed. The fact that the story, though familiar in a comforting way,
goes in the opposite way of clichés, is reason alone to enjoy this one. At the risk of contradicting myself, the
setting also assisted in the cozy feeling of warmth and joyful shenanigans.
short, Christmas in Homestead is like a treasured Christmas ornament. Something you look forward to seeing on
the tree year after year.