Finding a TV film set at Christmas that’s the same, but also a good kind of different is a bit of a challenge. When you do find it, it’s a warm fuzzy feelings that only the best kind of Christmas movie can spark.
Christmas Sail (2021) Hallmark TV Film Review
Coming home was not in the plans for Liz Darling (Katee Sackoff). Yet when she receives a call from a neighbor telling her that her dad has had a bit of an accident, home she goes. With her daughter, Hannah in two, Liz arrives to her childhood best friend Luke Fletcher (Patrick Sabongui) picking her up and on the doorstep of her bewildered father (Terry O’Quinn).
Though her father has nothing more than a sprained wrist, Liz’s unexpected visit teaches her more than she anticipates. She learns her father told her a fib about their family boat and his finances are in more than a little mess.
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I have a lot of feelings, some negative, about Christmas movies this year, but Christmas Sail is one of the good ones. It’s early in the season so the chances of this remaining a favorite may be slim, but for now, I’m saying this is a good one. There’s more than enough Christmas to please those who love the Christmas overload but also there’s enough missing (cooking decorating, snowmen or the traditional tree decorating) to be unique. I like that the majority of the decorating is on a boat and that “fresh” feel for a movie like this.
Another thing I love is the cast. They’re all (mostly) newcomers to Hallmark and it’s lovely. Terry O’Quinn is familiar from many a TV shows including his recurring role in Hawaii Five-o. Katee Sackoff is also from 24 but I remember her best as Vic from the modern western Longmire. Everyone is great and like anything, these characters evoke feelings of welcome and warmth. What this script does well is its realism. Any relationship has to be willing to compromise, but BOTH of these characters are right in their initial reaction. It’s also a fair and honest response to their “what if.”
Doubtful it will be a “popular” favorite of 2021, but for me Christmas Sail is more genuine and honest (with its relationships) while still embodying all of the spirit everyone loves to see.
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Content: there is nothing of note. The film is a normal TV-G rating.
Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press