Wednesday, December 11, 2019

'Tis the Season - Married by Christmas (2016)

Streaming Service: Hulu
Movie Name/Year: Married by Christmas (2016) a.k.a. The Engagement Clause
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Length: 87 minutes
Rating:  TV-PG
Production/Distribution: Fancy Pants Films, MarVista Entertainment, UPtv
Director: Letia Clouston Miller
Writers: Alison Spuck McNeeley, Casie Tabanou
Actors: April Bowlby, Jes Macallan, Lee Garlington, Adam Senn, Coby Ryan McLaughlin, James Eckhouse, Lauren Pritchard, Ryan Caltagirone, Meera Rohit Kumbhani

Blurb from Rottentomatoes: An executive may lose her job at the family company if she doesn't fulfill an old clause in a will, which requires that she get married.

Cat’s Point of View:
Ah, Hallmark and Lifetime channel movies… they really are like the boxes of assorted chocolates that don’t give you a list on the inside of the lid. You never know if you’re going to get something smooth and chewy or all together nutty. Personally, I dread the strange fruit-flavored crème fillings. Those are the worst. I digress…

The good news is that Married by Christmas wasn’t awful or even strange. It was generally decent, and I actually liked it. That being said, I wouldn’t put this on a list of favorites by any stretch, but when the credits rolled I didn’t feel that I’d just wasted 87 minutes.

The film was well cast and the dialogue flowed smoothly. Awkward moments were intentional rather than accidental. It was a bit on the predictable side, but then again most of the recipe made-for-TV movies are. The important part was that I found satisfaction that I was correct in my predictions, rather than annoyance. 

If you’re in the mood for a contemporary rom-com with holiday flare, this wouldn’t be a bad pick. 

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 33%
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score –  None
IMDB Score – 5.6/10
CinemaScore – None

Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 3.5/5

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