The Nine Lives of Christmas
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Zachary is a handsome bachelor who enjoys the liberties of being single. When a stray cat adopts Zach as his owner, Zach falls in love with the little guy in spite of the fact that he wants to stay away from responsibility. His new pet brings him into contact with Merilee White, a beautiful woman who is Zach s opposite. Through his new pet, Zach begins to see that being accountability-free isn t as fulfilling as he thought and that the wrong woman might just be the perfect match.
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Brandon Routh was an inspired choice to play Zach, the single firefighter who gets adopted by a stray cat. Most people know him as Superman in "Superman Returns," and there are a few subtle references (intended or not) of his iconic role throughout the film (see if you can spot them!). Brandon isn't the typical D-list actor that tends to get cast as the male lead in Hallmark films. His presence, then, is very refreshing and adds a higher level of quality to the film. He's paired with Kimberly Sustad, a relatively unknown actress but not a stranger to Hallmark movies. She very ably portrays a funny, smart, and down-to-earth heroine you love to root for. Her character's relationship with Zach comes about very naturally and is allowed to evolve in a real way on screen - something also unique for a Hallmark movie. There is a bit of drama in the relationship, but nothing over the top or out of the realm of reality. You can truly relate to these characters and their budding relationship.
And who could forget the cat? Ambrose is absolutely adorable, and displays typical cat-like behaviors. As a cat owner, I chuckled at the scene when Zach is trying to kick Ambrose out of his bedroom at night, only to finally give up and let the cat sleep with him. So true! In addition to exploring a romantic relationship between two humans, the film also realistically explorers the relationship between human and cat. Both story arcs complement each other in a wonderful way.
Though this is a "Christmas" movie, the holiday doesn't overpower the storyline. The story can essentially happen any time of the year, making this a great movie to watch all year round.