When it comes to Christmas movies, this time of year is not where it’s at. Almost every year, Hallmark fans however agree that July is a must for Christmas films. Christmas in Toyland is one of their 2022 new additions and is all the usual shenanigans.
Christmas in Toyland (2022) Hallmark TV Film Review
Working at a toy company as a data analyst isn’t the dream of Charlie Sawyer (Vanessa Lengies) but she is good at her job. She works hard and knows her tasks well. When the company she works for decides it’s time to go exclusively online, Charlie fights this change. People like to go into stores otherwise they don’t really know what they want she says. When she finds the one store that does seem to thrive, Charlie gets the go ahead to go there to discover what’s different.
The store’s manager Grant Levinson (Jesse Hutch) has a different approach to how he operates the brick-and-mortar store. Together, Charlie and Grant will have to discover the winning formula before it’s too late.
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Like I said, I’m not a Christmas movie girl outside of Christmas. It’s just not my thing, and honestly, I get kind of bored while watching. This film is no different. Sure, it’s cute and there’s some fun moments like shopping for a tree or having hot chocolate, but overall, it’s just okay. The film has many of the same attributes we see time and again, but it’s nice to see Jesse and Vanessa in something new. Jesse has been in prior Hallmark films with Candace Cameron Bure, and Vanessa was in Heart of the Holidays with Corey Sevier.
The sets and backdrops tend to be colorful with the toy store setting and the movie moves as a good pace. There’s the festive activities and spirit, too. Plus, anyone who’s not me will just enjoy this simply because it’s a Christmas title. Teamwork is a theme in the film if you like to root on good theme, plus like always, you’ll see some romance take shape too.
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Content: there’s nothing beyond the TV-G rating. This is an old-fashioned style of Hallmark film.
Photos: Hallmark Channel / Crown Media Press