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      Christmas Under the Stars

      TV-G 2019 1h 22m Holiday Romance List
      Reviews 45% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Nick loses his high finance job right before Christmas. Lost, he takes a gig at a tree lot, where he meets Julie and her son, Matt. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Ian Thomas Malone ianthomasmalone.com Christmas Under the Stars chooses some pretty bizarre plot points including parental medical debt and the future of a seasonal vacant lot to drive its narrative. Dec 10, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Jeff M Maybe I'm mellowing as I get older. Maybe the joy of Christmas is hitting me early this year. Maybe 2020 has affected my senses more than I realized. But I am actually recommending a Hallmark Christmas movie. If memory serves, this has only happened once before - it had something to do with Rob Lowe riding elephants in Africa. I think I was drinking during that one. I have spent my life ridiculing Hallmark movies and the people who watch them. I don't know if I just happened upon a rare goodie or if my tastes are changing or what. This was a fascinating 2 hours for me. The first 30 minutes or so is honestly pretty rough. We hit every cliche from every Christmas romcom ever made. And there is admittedly a peculiar delight in that - in a Rifftrax sort of way. But then a strange thing happened. I actually got involved in the story and these characters. I put down the notebook in which I was writing potentially witty barbs, and by the end I found myself breaking down into the ugly cry. I still haven't processed all this yet. Now don't get me wrong - this is not filmmaking at its finest. But it dots all the i's and crosses all the t's for this genre and what it does it does well. I'm not going to say Metcalfe necessarily gives a strong performance here, but he is filled with charisma and is extremely likable - he demonstrates here what I don't get from Zac Efron, another actor known more for his ridiculously good looks than his acting chops. It took me awhile to warm up to Reeser, who often sounds like she swallowed a Kardashian, but I eventually came around and she has a nice chemistry with the boy who plays her son. The standout in the cast is Peters, whose role has Morgan Freeman written all over it. I appreciate that the romance here took backseat to the goings-on at the tree lot - in fact this movie was based on Rikk Dunlap's novel THE CHRISTMAS TREE LOT, which would have been a much better title than the generic one chosen. Color me shocked, but not only am I heartily recommending this movie, I may end up watching it a time or two more before the end of the holiday season. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/24 Full Review Ruthann K Too many subplots, an unrealistic (even for Hallmark) premise and ZERO chemistry between the two lead actors. It passed the time while I played a video game on my phone….. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 11/26/23 Full Review Audience Member I don't really like the female lead but I love Jessie Metcalf. He is wonderful as Nick. But rte real star of this movie is the actor who plays Clem. He really brings the movie to life. It's a touching movie that really shows the meaning of the season. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Nick loses his high finance job right before Christmas. Lost, he takes a gig at a tree lot, where he meets Julie and her son, Matt.
      Director
      Allan Harmon
      Producer
      Charles Cooper
      Screenwriter
      Jamie Pachino
      Production Co
      Crown Media Productions
      Rating
      TV-G
      Genre
      Holiday, Romance
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 31, 2020
      Runtime
      1h 22m
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