With their 2+ (usually more like four!) weekend slate of premieres, it’s tough to keep up with all of the new Hallmark premieres. Still, once a year, I overindulge in these productions, and I’m proud of it. Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas may boast a long title, but its story is as pleasing as we expect it to be.
Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas (2018) Hallmark Movies and Mysteries Review
It’s been years since Heath “Lee” Sawyer (Josh Henderson) went home for Christmas. His career as a country music singer keeps him busy and in New York, far away from his Oklahoma hometown. This year, as everyone he knows leaves for the holidays and he’s on a deadline for a new song, he finds he feels a bit more nostalgic. The addition of his mother’s phone call prompts him to buy a plane ticket and embark on the nightmare that is holiday travel.
Also a part of the madness is Cara Hill (Megan Park). A business woman, Cara is in New York in an attempt to secure a loan and save her business. When she hits a snag, she makes plans to return home to Oklahoma where she’ll have to tell her father the disappointing news. When she and Lee become airport friends, they find their paths continue to cross in serendipitous ways.
One of the favorite TV tropes is the “prodigal” character. I’ve seen it many a time already in 2018. This one follows this type of story, but does it a little bit differently. It’s more like a road trip journey through the country; a journey that not just leads to home, but also a new appreciation for family, and hope.
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Based on the novel of the same name, I don’t mind saying, this isn’t my favorite of the ones I have seen. Nonetheless, many viewers will love this one, and its emphasis on family is sweet. I like the little nuances of the journey, and the simple things Cara and Lee discover on their way. Road trip stories aren’t ever a favorite of mine, which is probably why it’s not a favorite. This one is a bit different and for these characters, it works. You’ll recognize Josh from the TNT re-boot of Dallas; and Megan plays Susannah from the Rachel Hauck adaptation of Once Upon a Prince.
Those who like stories that take their protagonists on a literal journey with plenty of Christmas cheer will find a festive story in this new movie. Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas is another piece of festive fluff you’ll enjoy staying in for.
Content: as usual, this film is TVG, and contains nothing bothersome.
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