Sometimes when you immerse yourself into the world that is seasonal TV movies, you discover there’s one that everyone loves. This is the trap Lifetime TV’s The Christmas Contract falls into. Finally I’m adding all my thoughts to the conversation.
The Christmas Contract (2018) Lifetime TV Review
Christmas for Southern girl Jolie Guidry (Hilarie Buron) is going to be anything but merry. About to head home to celebrate the season with her family, and her a ceremony for her father, Jolie is miffed to learn her ex (the son of her father’s best friend) will also be there. To make things worse, he’ll also be there with a new girlfriend. This inspires Jolie’s best friend to pair her with her brother, Jack (Robert Buckley). All they have to do is fake date for the holiday. Only trouble is, Jack and Jolie don’t exactly have warm feelings for each other.
Jack is an author struggling not only to publish his work-in-progress novel, but to write the ghost novel his publisher has handed him. Will his unexpected Louisiana visit inspire him, or will his creative plans go array?
As usual, this is another sweetheart of a seasonal romance full of charming moments and all the things we long for in a good romance novel. To be honest, I still don’t think this one is “all that.” Will I re-watch it again? Sure! It’s just not the one I’d coin as my most favorite of 2018. Is this because I’d seen so many things about it leading to my watching it? Perhaps. But whatever the case, it’s still cute.
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Part of the buzz surrounding this one is the One Tree Hill reunion. Since I never watched the show, I don’t care about this, but it’s fun for fans of something to see favorite characters reunite. Hilarie Burton is no stranger to the genre, and in this role, she’s again fabulous. Whether she’s playing a cool and sophisticated insurance investigator (White Collar) or Southern girl who returns home, I enjoy each of her characters. Everyone else is fabulous as well, though I’ll admit it’s most fun to see Robert Buckley in another TV romance. It’s also lovely to see Cheryl Ladd (Charlie’s Angels) and her real-life daughter, Jordan together.
I do like some of the story cues of this one. Like the genuine “feeling” we get from this friendship or the adorable awkward-less moments between Jolie and Jack. Still, there are plenty of common tropes that creep in, and some are over the top silly. In the end, I did really enjoy The Christmas Contract. I simply didn’t find it as good as the hype. That said, if ever I found it on DVD, I’d be likely to add it to my shelf. Until then, I can honestly say I enjoyed its seasonal romantic story.
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