Jim Fall

Holiday Engagement (2011)

Holiday Engagement

Holiday Engagement (2011)

Director:

Jim Fall

Starring:

Bonnie Somerville

Shelley Long

Jordan Bridges

Plot:

Afraid to tell her family she’s been dumped, Hillary hires an actor to play her fiancé during a four-day Thanksgiving weekend at her parents’ house.

Review:

I had no idea how long ago 2011 was until I watched this movie. Holy shit there were so many bad clichés in Holiday Engagement. All the worst romance tropes, almost.

Hillary, Bonnie Somerville, has been nagged and guilt tripped so much by her mother, Shelley Long, that the idea of going to Thanksgiving and having to tell everyone her fiancé dumped her is soul crushing. Instead of growing a spine and telling her mother that she doesn’t need a man to fulfill her she hires an actor to pose as her fiancé. What could possibly go wrong?

Seriously, this was a shit holiday movie because there is almost no redemption for the mother character. She tells her daughter’s repeatedly that they need a man to take care of and give them an identity. She is horrible in how far she goes with this. At the end of the movie she apologizes to a degree, but her apology is just she wants what’s best for them. It was garbage.

Naturally, Hillary falls in love with the actor she hired, Jordan Bridges. He falls for her, even though he’s just seen the absolute worst with her family. They get married and I assume live off her rich father because neither of them have a job and almost no work history.

2/5

 

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Holly’s Holiday (2012)

Holly's Holiday

Holly’s Holiday (2012)

Director:

Jim Fall

Starring:

Claire Coffee

Ryan McPartlin

Gabrielle Dennis

Jeff Ward

Plot:

NYC ad exec Holly Maddux dreams of the perfect life, the perfect job, and of course, the perfect man to sweep her off her feet. When she wakes up one day to find the “perfect man” awaiting her, who is nothing more than a mannequin come to life, she must decides if “perfect” is the perfect fit for her.

Review:

Holly’s Holiday was a perfect mixture of Mannequin and The Wizard of Oz. I loved it!

Holly, Claire Coffee, has worked her butt off to be exactly where she wants to be career wise. Now, it’s time for her to find the perfect man so she can have the perfect romance and then perfect family. It’s all too pat, but she doesn’t see it, until Captain Awesome, Ryan McPartlin, rescues her from a caroler induced fall.

Perfection is a myth and she quickly realizes that what she thought she wanted wasn’t what she really wanted. Thankfully, the gorgeous boy next door Milo, Jeff Ward, is there to be everything she needed.

The supporting cast at times felt a bit shoe horned, but they were fun and cute so I didn’t really care. Everything was wrapped up fairly nicely, but I did feel like the ending was too rushed. We didn’t even get a nice ending kiss between the couple. It was a bit disappointing, but I still really loved the movie and would recommend to everyone who loves these holiday romances.

4.5/5