Karon Riley

Merry Christmas, Baby (2016)

Merry Christmas, Baby (2016)

Director:

Rhonda Baraka

Starring:

Malinda Williams

Victoria Rowell

Karon Riley

Plot:

Marci throws herself into preparing for Christmas and building her new event-planning business. But when the business gets off to a rocky start and members of her family face their own hardships, Marci steps up to help everyone have a good holiday.

Review:

So in the first movie Marci, Malinda Williams, comes home because her favorite cousin is going to be a missionary in Haiti and she’ll be gone for five years. I mention this because, they have continued this plotline. They mention her in every movie and in this one they even do a video chat. I like that she didn’t just disappear.

Blair, Karon Riley, is still struggling with his law firm. Marcie is now trying to run an event business with her aunt Elizabeth, Chrystale Wilson, and Myra, Deetta West, wants to adopt the young girl from the last movie. Again all the same actors which is nice, but they’ve stopped growing. They’re more giving but apart from that they’re still the same people.

I was really hoping that Marcie would be back on top and that Blair would be a stay at home dad, but I guess that’s not the direction they want to go in which is a bummer. It also kind of ended abruptly it felt.

Once again, poorly sung Christmas carols, check.

Picking out the perfect Christmas tree, check.

Learning to give to those in need, check.

It’s interesting to see an entire arc with this type of movie. I thought it was very real to life, which is probably the major negative for me. I wanted something more fanciful, I wanted perfect, and super happy endings. It’s Christmas, I want everything to work our beautifully in the end, not be stuck working with someone you can’t stand. Still, I will be very interested to see if there are more of these movies.

4/5

A Baby For Christmas (2015)

A Baby For Christmas (2015)

Director:

Rhonda Baraka

Starring:

Malinda Williams

Karon Riley

Deetta West

Chrystale Wilson

Plot:

It’s Christmas with the Chandlers but no one seems to have the Christmas spirit – except for Stephanie, that is. Marci and Blair are obsessing over being the perfect parents, Myra and Donald have retired and suddenly feel useless and Elizabeth is bending over backwards to get a promotion at work. Add to that Stephanie’s blooming romance with Lawrence – who is torn between being with her and continuing his mission work – and Christmas seems to be taking a back seat. That is, until a group of kids at an orphanage helps the family to realize that there’s more to Christmas than wrapping gifts and baking cookies.

Review:

Alright, movie number three and we’ve still got the same actors. I wasn’t as big a fan of this one, mainly because Marcie, Malinda Williams, who loves her job decides that she’s going to give it up so that she can be a stay at home mom. Even though she’s about to land a huge contract and her husband, Karon Riley, is still struggling with his law firm. It doesn’t make sense to me why he doesn’t just become a stay at home dad.

Outside of the main couple we got more focus on the other Chandler sisters this movie. Elizabeth, Chrystale Wilson, is trying to get a big promotion and Myra, Deetta West, is coping with her husband’s new retirement. It was nice to learn more about them. Elizabeth didn’t really make much progress, though, she did realize she didn’t want to be cut throat and is now thinking about starting her own business.

Poorly sung Christmas songs, check.

False labor and a rush to the hospital, check.

Christmas baby, of course check.

Oh well, one more movie to go in this franchise and I’m curious to see what happens.

4/5 (Still giving a star for being a Christmas movie)

Marry Us For Christmas (2014)

Marry Us For Christmas (2014)

Director:

Drew Powell

Starring:

Malinda Williams

Victoria Rowell

Karon Riley

Plot:

In the sequel to the popular UP Original Movie Marry Me For Christmas, it’s a year after Marci and Blair declared their love for each other and decided to tie the knot. But as the big day approaches, Marci is so consumed with work that she hasn’t had time to plan her wedding. To make matters worse, she may have to team up with former assistant/fake fiancé Adam to win a project she’s been vying for – a little tidbit she hasn’t shared with Blair. But Blair, as it turns out, has a secret of his own. Thanks to years of doing pro bono work for financially-strapped clients, he quickly is running out of cash and might have to accept an offer to work for his longtime nemesis, Marci’s manipulative cousin Preston. Meanwhile, Marci’s mother Stephanie is making some rather bold moves of her own with her sexy salsa teacher, Antonio, who’s more than a little smitten with her – and about 20 years her junior. Will there be a wedding for Christmas? Better yet – whose wedding will it be?

Review:

This one was not as good as the first, but then I expect a dip with sequels, especially made for TV ones. The only really glaring mistake was that in the last movie she said she worked in Chicago but in this one it was New York. Everything else, character wise, and history wise was the same.

The big issue in this movie was a lack of communication. It’s one of my least favorite tropes because literally all the problems in the story can be solved if the two main characters talk to each other. It’s lazy writing. At least we had the mother’s side plot dating a younger man. That was interesting and unexpected, too bad it ended in the predictable manner.

I was kind of annoyed with the depiction of women and the male female relationship. However, I did like that the Uncle didn’t tell Blair what to do, just pointed out his options. The aunt did the same thing with Marcie which I liked.

Even with the dip in quality I’m interested to see how this is going to develop and I’m going to watch the next one.

3/5

Marry Me For Christmas (2013)

Marry Me For Christmas (2013)

Director:

Roger Melvin

Starring:

Victoria Rowell

Malinda Williams

Karon Riley

Plot:

To appease her family during the holidays, a single woman pretends to be engaged to her employee.

Review:

I like that this movie has sequels, more of these types should. It’s very family focused and a bit light on the romance. The tried and true trope of pretend engagement, is always a favorite though this one didn’t play out very realistically. There was not much affection between the two, though, they tried to imply that it was supposed to develop because the guy was trying to take her business. What’s awesome, though, is that they embraced that and the family realized what was going on.

Painfully sung Christmas carols, check. Oh my goodness, I had to mute it, it hurt so bad. It was intentional so don’t feel bad.

Overbearing family that means well and are all pretty nice, check.

Overheard conversations, check.

Multiple marriage proposals, check.

4/5