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‘Christmas a la Mode’: A Lifetime Romance to Watch

November 22, 2019 6 Comments

Though I’ve seen many in the past, for this season of new Christmas romances, Christmas a la Mode is the first of the ‘It’s a Wonderful Lifetime’ movies I’ve seen. Katie LeClarc stars as Emily White. Struggling to keep her family’s dairy farm going, no one works harder than Emily, but her business minded sister has other plans. Living in the city, Dorothy (Jennifer Ellis) and her company plan to see the farm to a farming group, a deal that Dorothy’s co-worker Charlie Blanchard (Ryan Cooper) comes to broker.

When Emily learns there’s more behind this deal, she sets out to save their legacy, and the dream her father built.

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Like any of the seasonal movies that air this time of year, this is another cute one. One of the things that most stands out as making this one “unique” is the family business being a dairy farm. It makes for an interesting plot, although the basic idea of saving a dream or small business is the same. There are some moments, while the characters work the farm, that feel a little sappy, but for the most part, this one does characters-working-a-farm better than some movies (which sometimes dress or style the characters impractically).

Fun bit of trivia is that Katie LeClarc and Ryan Cooper co-starred together in another production. Though I haven’t see the series, they’re pretty good together in this one. It’s a simple, cute kind of romance without dynamic sparks (not complaining), and I must admit confess, I do detest (but not in an emphatic way) this first kiss trope. The romance itself is “basic,” with the only real complications being the whole you-lied-to-me accusation. It’s fun to see LeCarlc (Switched at Birth) in something again (she’s also appeared on Hallmark), and I won’t mind seeing Cooper in the leading man role in similar productions.

Another of its unique approaches is the “catalyst” that “saves” the farm. It’s sweet (and tasty!). Much as I’d like to say more, I won’t in case you want to go in without all of the details!! Like its peers, Christmas a la Mode is an ideal treat. If your DVR has the space, it’s worth a Saturday night in indulgence.

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You can find Christmas a la Mode on Amazon Video (digitally) or find encore showings on Lifetime.

Content: This one is “clean.” There’s nothing in it that I can remember to call out or make note of.

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  • Anika November 23, 2019 at 8:42 AM

    This sounds like my kind of movie! Perfect to cosy up with.

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    • Rissi JC November 23, 2019 at 4:09 PM

      YES! It’s so sweet, Anika. Hope if you see this one, you find it just so: a perfect story to stay in and be cozy watching. :)

  • Megan Oneail November 25, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    Another one I will 100% be checking out!!!!! Thank you for single handedly filling up my holiday to-watch list ;)

    • Rissi JC November 26, 2019 at 11:51 AM

      So fun; let me know what you think if you see it! This is definitely my favorite from Lifetime (so far). :)

  • […] What I like so well about this is the cast. The young actress who plays Grace is darling; and really, she also does a great job at playing the role well. Sometimes this is hit or miss with new actors, but here Meara Mahoney-Gross plays the role just as she should, and seems “good” with her on-screen TV dad, too. Speaking of Ryan Cooper, it’s great to see him again in another Christmas romance; last year, he was one of my favorites from Christmas a la Mode. […]

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