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‘Write Before Christmas’: How to See this Merry New Romance

November 17, 2019 Rissi JC 8 Comments

As we head towards this latter half of November, the Countdown to Christmas romances continue. This week we see an old-fashioned romance apply titled Write Before Christmas, and starring teen heartthrob, Chad Michael Murray. Before I share the pros (and a con or two) of seeing this one, let’s have a quick look at the plot.

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THE STORY: In the aftermath of a break up, Jessica (Torrey DeVitto) writes five letters to the people who mean the most to her. One, meant for a former music teacher, unbeknownst to Jessica instead reaches her son, Luck (Murray). When he reaches out to correct the mistake, he and Jessica see each other during the Christmas season, and as they become friends, Jessica realizes she may still have a few dreams to follow…

The Cons

Because, it’s always more pleasant to get these out of the way.

Santa and Mrs. Claus

It’s silly, really, to even mention this, but I think the whole “Jessica Claus” thing goes a little too far. I get it’s supposed to be cute and all, but ehh, I just didn’t feel it.

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The Timeline & Stories

Sadly, this timeline takes a little too long to get going, and once it does, we have to share what we assume to be the “main romance” with other subplots. It’s a little distracting.

The Pros of Write Before Christmas

Ah, look! It’s Chad Michael Murray

Anyone who grew up watching A Cinderella Story knows this actor as a “teen heartthrob.” In the last few years, he’s appeared in some Hallmarks, and it’s been fun to see him in something again. Torrey DeVitto is another of my favorite actresses, so anytime she plays leading lady is good potential.

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An Adorable [Albeit Cliché] Meet-Cute

Who doesn’t love a good meet-cute? *raises hand* I do. This one is fun.

Writing a Letter

I mean, really, who among us doesn’t love this old-fashioned trope? This one isn’t really a “romantic” connotation because the letters go out to the people who mean the most to Jessica, but still… it’s lovely.

Catch Write Before Christmas tonight, November 17, on Hallmark; check local listings.

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You can also pre-purchase Write Before Christmas (digitally) on Amazon Video or eventually, find in store (on DVD), at WalMart.

Did you or will you see Write Before Christmas? Tell me what you do (or don’t!) like best about this sweet story of friendship and old-fashioned charm.

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Photos: Hallmark / Crown Media Press

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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amateur graphic designer. confirmed bookaholic. bubbl’r enthusiast. critical thinker. miswesterner. social media coordinator. writer.

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  • Megan @ Megabunnyreads November 18, 2019 at 8:12 AM

    Ohmygod you had me at “Chad Michael Murray” and then completely hooked me with “cheesy Christmas movie”. I am soooooo all over this!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Francine November 18, 2019 at 10:14 PM

    The whole “Jessica Claus” part actually came from the old movie, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”, so it’s actually a legit thing. :) I did enjoy this movie, especially following the multiple story lines.

    • Rissi JC November 18, 2019 at 11:17 PM

      Cool, and fun fact. Thanks for sharing, Francine. :) I did enjoy this one, I just didn’t think of it as a new favorite, and surprisingly, I think I liked Chad’s 2018 Countdown to Christmas romance better; I didn’t think I would because I’m not much for road trip stories. :)

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  • Chanel M. November 21, 2019 at 9:04 AM

    I blame the writing! There was no reason why I shouldn’t have loved this movie. I love Torrey and Chad, and they had potential for great chemistry. But they didn’t really spend that much time together in film and all subplots contributed to that. I was actually more attached to the romance for the heroine’s brother, in the end.

    • Rissi JC November 23, 2019 at 4:08 PM

      RIGHT!? I just felt like there wasn’t enough TIME between the two of them, and it’s kind of a bummer because this is one I anticipated thinking one of their 2019 best! I don’t think I’ve really seen one (so far) this year that I’d count as one of their “best.” How about you?

      …yes! Wasn’t that romance sweet?? Maybe we’ll have a sequel to tell their story next year. ;)

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