Christmas 2019 is over, and many may be packing up their twinkle lights, but over here, the celebration continues as I post a few more (not too many additional, I promise) Christmas film reviews to add to the archives.
Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays (2019) Hallmark Review
Harper Ellis (Kaitlin Doubleday) is a busy career woman who’s never in one place long enough to settle, and for the most part, she loves it. But this year, she’s ready to be home for Christmas, to celebrate with her sister’s family and to enjoy a simpler pace. Home for Harper is Tennessee and the historic Graceland, where Harper worked for many years before she began a career.
Owen Reed (Adrian Grenier) is a busy businessman, who is also a widowed father of three. When he spontaneously meets Harper, she finds she may be able to help him while she has this down time (and awaits news on a new job!) over the holidays. Harper helps to take care of Owen’s kids while also assisting to plan a Christmas event that doesn’t exactly go as planned…
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Like anything else from this class of 2019 seasonal offerings, if you enjoyed the slew of romances to pop up on your TV, you’ll like this one! In my second annual “ranking” of the seasonal originals, at the time of publication, I rank this film seventh out of twelve titles, and though I’ve seen more since then, I think this one holds up pretty well. It’s entertaining, and though not the first to use the temporary nanny trope of the year (the first is Picture a Perfect Christmas), it’s one of the better uses of the plot.
I really enjoyed seeing some new faces in these roles, and it’s always fun to see Adrian in something, an actor who I first saw as Anne Hathaway’s patient boyfriend in The Devil Wears Prada. Previously, he played in Hallmark’s Love at First Glance. Kaitlin has been in shows like Nashville, and also played a modern version of Meg March in The March Sisters at Christmas (Lifetime).
To be honest, Christmas at Graceland (the sort of prequel to this, though it’s unrelated expect for location) wasn’t my most favorite original. This one however is much more to my liking. The young actors are all adorable, which keeps the energy up, and makes the typical scenes (cookie baking, etc.) fit better into the story.
There’s beautiful scenery, plenty of snowfall (perfect for those of you who don’t have snow, but might want to pretend your season does!), and lots of sweet sentiment in Christmas at Graceland: Home for the Holidays.
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