With some unusually different storytelling and a secondary story for the “main” character, A Christmas Together With You sets out to prove it can be unique without changing its genre.
A Christmas Together with You (2021) Hallmark TV Film Review
Finding the time to be social or go out is not something Megan (Laura Vandervroot) has no interest in. She’s busy working her café job, and spending time with her favorite long-time customer Frank (Henry Lennix). However as the date of what would have been her wedding fast approaches she remembers the pain of breaking things off; and now she won’t be spending Christmas with her fiancé’s family as normal. During a conversation with Frank, Megan learns of the almost-fiancée he had prior to his wife of many years, and now, wanting to do something nice for Frank, Megan suggests they road trip to find Claire.
On the journey they find more than one surprise and quite unexpected, a possible rejection all while enjoying a warm Christmas at a lodge owned by Steve (Niall Matter).
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Seeing many of the Hallmark films is a long time coming this year. In fact, this is true of most of the other networks (GAC, Lifetime) or streamers, too. However I’ll watch a few into January and during the Christmas weekend, this is one I played. Niall Matter is one of my mother’s favorite actors from the network, so I always make sure to watch his with her and while this may not be my personal favorite of his, we both did enjoy this one.
There’s a unique aspect to this in that the primary relationship is Megan and Frank. Everyone else is second string and while their relationship is a good one, it almost makes the rest meaningless. By this I mean we don’t get the “normal” space of time to develop other relationships so that by the time the end rolls around the script feels more inauthentic than usual. Of course, as we have to suspend most sense of belief for these, it’s mostly okay; I just prefer a more realistic “I really like you” kind of end. This because most characters only know each other ten days (max) in these.
I like most of the cast with exception to one lead who isn’t bad, just not a favorite and the nostalgic moments are cute. The film is pretty well written and the road trip aspect balances well against the rest of the title; in other words, it’s not “just” a story about being on the road. If you enjoy Christmas movies that take different approaches (there’s not many “normal” activities in this one) then you may enjoy this 2021 romance.
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Content: old school Hallmark rating of TV-G with nothing that should bother anyone who likes the old standard of Hallmark.
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