Like a handful of the “usual suspects” in a Hallmark film, Danica McKellar returns in a 2020 Christmas original sure to be a must-see for her multitude of fans.
Christmas She Wrote (2020) Hallmark TV Film Review
Writing is what Kayleigh (McKellar) loves. She’s always had a passion for it but a broken heart five years ago inspires her career. Now as Christmas approaches the New York newspaper where her impressively popular self help column runs is undergoing a shift in leadership and new layoffs. To her surprise, Kayleigh is one of the people let go. With nothing to keep her in the city, she decides to head to California and visit family while she figures out her next move.
Tripp Easton (Dylan O’Neal) is the new editor of the paper, and what he doesn’t know is his boss is quite unhappy with him. You see, Kayleigh’s readers aren’t happy she’s no longer a part of the publication, and that means bad sales. Tripp must bring Kayleigh back no matter what, only this job may prove more of a challenge than Tripp is up for!
The plot of Christmas She Wrote is darling and as usual, I have to share the fact that I’m all for a good writer-ly type movie. The fact that this is a different kind of writing (one I’m not familiar with) doesn’t really matter because it’s coming from a place many of us can relate to. The story also sets itself up to be a bit different. Sure there’s still the usual girl-returns-home but the way it all plays out is the tiniest bit, well, different.
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Familiar from Hallmark’s Cedar Cove or the Gourmet Detective movies, I don’t know that Dylan O’Neal has been in any (or many?) Christmas originals. If not, it’s too bad because all in all, I quite like him. He’s good in the detective mysteries and I think he does a Scrooge and good guy well. You’ll also spy a familiar face from Chesapeake Shores here, too! (Also, props on doing an audience kiss – if you must, the right way.)
Lights and cocoa, a bakery and snowmen, plus a snow ball all come together to write this charming seasonal rom-com. It’s even has the always hoped for happy end.
‘CHRISTMAS SHE WROTE’: A DIFFERENT KIND OF HALLMARK ROMANTIC COMEDY. Danica McKellar stars with Dylan O'Neal in this 2020 title. #Hallmarkies #HallmarkChristmasMovies @HallmarkChannel Click To Tweet
Content: There is a same-sex character in the film. There’s allusions [by the end] that perhaps this character has found their “person.” The film rates TV-G.
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