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Another holiday chick flick to pass an evening.
on October 4, 2012
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. That is when she also realizes that she has feelings for him.
Despite appearances of normalcy, there is a lot of dysfunction going on in this family that surfaces as Hillary's deception unravels. But this is a Hallmark Christmas movie, so you can believe that things are going to end on a high note.
It had a "G" rating on TV and seems pretty benign, but there were two things I could have done without--the constant use of the Lord's name as an exclamation, and when Meredith, Hillary's mom, shows Hillary and her "fiancee" to their beds for the weekend, she says because the Inn is full, she won't give them separate rooms, but they will have separate beds--so they are sharing Hillary's bedroom. That may not bother some people, but it also didn't make sense when later in the show they talk about how they can't understand why Hillary's older sister is staying at a hotel when they have plenty of room. Go figure.
At times the acting goes a little over the top, but there are also some really sweet moments and some funny ones, too, in an awkward sort of way. May not ever be on a list of holiday hits, but reasonably entertaining.