Mark-Paul Gosselaar

12 Dates of Christmas (2011)

12 Dates of Christmas

12 Dates of Christmas (2011)


James Hayman


Mark-Paul Gosselaar

Laura Miyata

Vijay Mehta

Amy Smart


Starring Amy Smart and Mark-Paul Gosselaar, 12 Dates of Christmas is a romantic comedy that follows Kate, a young woman who re-lives the same first date on Christmas Eve over and over again. In an attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend on Christmas Eve, Kate ends up ruining her blind date with Miles, a handsome guy she’s been set up with. In a strange twist of fate, Kate is given the chance to re-live Christmas Eve twelve times! Kate decides to embrace what Christmas Eve has given her — a loving family, great friends and Miles, who turns out to be a great guy! However, just as she seems to think she has gotten it right, the clock strikes midnight and Kate must live Christmas Eve once again. Under these weird new circumstances, Kate learns to take risks and enjoy what she’s been given. Thanks to the gift of Christmas Eve, Kate finds happiness by finally trusting fate.


So this is Groundhogs Day following someone without much of an imagination. For some reason she follows her ex-boyfriend around the first four days. She doesn’t really try to get back with him after the second day, but she still follows him, it’s weird. She ends up moving past him but then goes back to stalking him for some reason. The whole ex-boyfriend storyline is stupid and she should have gotten past it faster.

Honestly Kate was really stupid. Like super stupid, it was amazing how dense she was. I know if I found myself in a groundhog’s day situation I wouldn’t waste my time like she did. Her emotional ups and downs were ridiculous.

I didn’t count, I didn’t feel like rewinding either, but I think there were more than 12 repeats. It certainly seemed that way.

By the end of the movie she was almost a completely different person, which was the point, but I always wonder, with this set up, just how long it would last.