Though it’s not a new Christmas movie, in 2020, I finally watched Christmas Catch, a film that follows a cop tracking a suspected thief! We meet Detective Mackenzie “Mack” Bennett (Emily Alatalo) and her partner Reid (Andrew Bushell). Both are chasing a suspected art thief who always seems to be a step ahead of them. In order to close the case, Mack ends up going undercover to catch their thief. Trouble is, Mack is more awkward tomboy than cute girlfriend.
More trouble finds Mack when she meets Carson (Franco Lo Presti), a man who ends up being more charming than she anticipates.
Christmas Catch (2018) Film Review
This is one of those movies that’s bad in places (its production or script), but also has some really charming scenes. The latter of which tends to help make good on the awkward. I love this concept for Christmas movies mainly because it’s not one I see often, and also probably partially because I watch a ton of crime dramas, so this trope combines Christmas (of which there is plenty) and a little mystery, too.‘CHRISTMAS CATCH’ IS A SOMETIMES SILLY BUT ALSO CUTE MOVIE #CHRISTMASMOVIES #REVIEWS Click To Tweet
What’s interesting about this one is, we’re not quite sure who we’re supposed to root on. Not in a who’s-bad-and-who’s-good kind of way, but when it comes to Mack’s relationship. We have a kind of back and forth feeling, but one thing is sure, despite the bumps, there is still some pretty good dialogue. Additionally Lauren Holly plays in this in an unexpected role. Plus, we also see Yanic Truesdale from Gilmore Girls.
Some of the antics of the investigators are way over the top, but again… this one is, overall cute. The running gags about Mack’s appearance of lack of femininity are funny, and make for some of the more endearing moments between characters. Part of its charm is the cheese of the production. If you’re into something like The Santa Stakeout (2021, Hallmark) or the long ago TV film Undercover Christmas, you’d likely enjoy this one.
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You can see Christmas Catch with an UPtv add on or purchase it digitally with Amazon Video.
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Content: cannot remember anything of note. There may be some “tense” moments meant to create a bit or drama or a minor innuendo, but as this is one UPtv airs, there’s nothing bad.