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Holiday Engagement

4.5 out of 5 stars 255 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Hillary Burns (Somerville) is always struggling in life and love while constantly feeling the pressure to marry from her demanding mother, Meredith (Long). This holiday season, she thinks she finally has it right but when Hillarys fiancé suddenly breaks up with her, she scrambles to find a fake fiancé. After posting an ad online, she hires David (Bridges), an out-of-work actor to pose as her fiancé in front of her mom, her dad (McMurray) and her snobbish sister Trish (Duff). Her fake engagement starts to unravel when she realizes shes in over her head and begins falling for David.

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  • Actors: Shelley Long, Bonnie Somerville, Jordan Bridges, Sam McMurray
  • Directors: Jim Fall
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Johnson Media
  • DVD Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008K1PY5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,836 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By J. Olsen on October 4, 2012
Format: DVD
Hillary Burns is looking forward to going home for the family Thanksgiving dinner this year, because this time she has a fiancee and her mother won't be disappointed in her. So it is a devastating blow when just days before the big dinner, her fiancee, Jason, calls the whole thing off. He says he needs to keep his priorities straight, stay focused on his career and not make a mistake. To make things even worse, the next day the newspaper for which she writes shuts down. She gets word while she is in the middle of interviewing one of those people who stand on street corners in costumes and wave big signs to get you to patronize a particular business. This guy happened to be dressed as a big, red cell phone.
Trying to solve the problem of going home to Mom without a man, her friend and co-worker, Sophie, convinces her to place an online ad for a fake fiancee. Most of the responses are not an option. But then comes the one from the guy who had been dressed as the cell phone, who, oddly enough, seems to be a pretty normal guy named David. So home they go to meet Mama and Papa. Mama, played well by Shelley Long, is an overbearing busybody who is consumed with making sure everyone is happy as long as it is her idea of happiness. She keeps pressing Hillary to set a date so she can plan the wedding. Apparently she has been feeling deprived for not having been able to plan a single wedding for any of her three girls. Her oldest daughter eloped and the youngest is engaged to the man Mama picked out for her--and has been for 2 years. She feels Hillary is her only hope. Hillary gets caught up in the wedding plans until "Jason" (David) points out to her that there isn't really going to be any wedding. She gets a grip on herself, realizes things have gotten out of hand and sends David packing.
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I like this program because after everything that has happened this girl decides this pretend fiance is the right guy and then she does marry him. He on the other hand goes out of his way throughout the movie to help her with her family even when she seems to be totally committed to the absent boyfriend. In the end when he is supposed to give up the prize tickets that started the whole mascarade the girl goes out of her way to make sure that he gets to keep them proving that she realized who she truly loved.
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I was so excited this movie was on Hallmark last night. This was one of my favorites from last year. Some may think it's kind of predictable, but this movie just warms my heart and shows us the meaning to true love. She needs a fake fiance since the loser fiance left. Yeah sounds like some other tv movies but it does not seem that way. To me, the script has some really cute, humorous parts. This movie has the greatest elements that we especially want to focus on during the holidays- love, romance & family. Thank you for this heartwarming movie, Hallmark! I could watch this one over and over.
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Hillary (Bonnie Somerville) is a struggling writer who is engaged to a lawyer--briefly. Shortly before Thanksgiving, he tells her that he will be moving and that their engagement is over. This news creates an immediate problem for Hillary. She's told her family that she will be arriving at the Thanksgiving dinner with her fiancé, whom the family hasn't met. She also has a pair of tickets for a Mexican beach vacation that she won in a radio contest. Courtesy of her adventurous friend, Bonnie comes up with an idea. Using the tickets as payment, she hires a struggling actor (Jordan Bridges) to portray her fiancé during the family visit. The rest of the story is strictly by the numbers.

But "by the numbers" isn't necessarily bad, and Somerville and Bridges do have a chemistry--appropriately subdued early on--that makes the movie work. Shelley Long, as Hillary's mother, and Sam McMurray as her father, turn in solid performances that help. With the likability the actors exude, the film works for those who want this sort of movie.

As this is a holiday movie, I'll add a bit about the setting. The majority of the movie is set during Thanksgiving. There is a slight nod to Christmas in that Hillary's mother decorates on the day after Thanksgiving. There is little religious content, and what little there is is conveniently ignored. (There is a scene in which Hillary's priest shows up and has a problem with the false fiancé's being Jewish. While such a difference in faith could present a serious problem, there is no exploration of this topic. Why it arises at all is a puzzle, but then there are other problematic aspects of the script, such as the father's incessant questions of the man he thinks is his daughter's fiancé. These questions seem to indicate that the father is guilty of a crime, but, again, this idea is not explored in greater detail.) That said, as long as you don't take the film seriously, it works.
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By Corps on August 19, 2012
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I loved this movie from the first time I saw it this past Christmas. I'm really glad it's on DVD so I can buy it. I liked the story and the people who played the characters. I thought they fit into the roles they played nicely and made them seem genuine.
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I'm one of those guys who has given up on trying to avoid watching Chick Flicks with my wife. So, my new strategy is to find chick flicks that I can enjoy. These are almost always Romantic Comedies (Rom Coms). I particularly like Holiday Engagement because, unlike many other modern films, in this movie the guy is not a jerk, not an idiot, or anything like that. His fault is that he's unable to read women, but eventually he is able to see the truth. In the movie he is hired as a stand-in fiancé for the Thanksgiving Holiday. But things soon go out of control as her family starts to really like him and try to keep them together.
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