When it comes to Christmas movies, I cannot seem to stop watching them post-Christmas Day. This is why I carry over through the week in-between all while prolonging the season just a little bit longer.
Swept Up by Christmas (2020) Hallmark Movies & Mysteries Review
Working as an antique dealer is something Gwen (Lindy Booth) loves. She spent part of her career overseas working for a prestigious auction house, but there’s no place like being home. Her latest task is to get the Hawthorne house, a place Gwen has the best of childhood memories from touring the decked out home and sneaking in extra gingerbread. Her excitement and plans for the future are a little bit deflated when she learns who she’ll be working with.
Reed (Justin Bruening) is the owner of Dirt Clean One, a commercial cleaning company with whom Gwen didn’t have the best prior job experience with. But together, they find a middle ground and together, they’re about to rediscover the magic of this now lonely house.
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This is one of those Christmas titles I didn’t anticipate anything of one way or another. Swept Up by Christmas is about characters I didn’t anticipate meeting, and features one of my favorites from Netflix’s Sweet Magnolias (Bruening) so needless to say, seeing this is inevitable. He’s also been in previous Hallmark titles like Last Vermont Christmas, which I know some viewers don’t like him in. That said, I’ve liked what I’ve seen him in, and I’d always enjoy seeing him in other such titles.
Beyond this, there’s a sweet film here. It goes past the norm of good, especially since it features a hero I like, and a warm, supporting cast which also includes a Paralympic athlete. There’s a sweet subplot (and lots of fun wordplay, including the title), and while I don’t relate to Reed’s opinion of Gwen’s work, the story itself is sweet. The typical scenes are mostly here, but as most of the ‘Movies and Mysteries’ are, this is a more “grown up” kind of Christmas movie.
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Content: This one is a “clean romance.”
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