The Christmas Consultant (movie review)

TV veterans David Hasselhoff and Caroline Rhea are teaming up in The Christmas Consultant (or, as it’s known in Germany, Christmas Planner) and hilarious antics ensue… well, not really, but it’s not bad for a Lifetime Christmas movie.

Yeah, made for TV Christmas movies are pretty much the bottom of the barrel, but you can tell when everyone (except the screenwriter) try to do it right. Sure, the conflict is thin and Caroline Rhea’s character is unreasonable, but everyone is working hard, from the stars and their co stars right down to the grips. THe movie is well executed on both the technical and performance level, and it helps. The flat, boring antagonist who just screams all the time isn’t any fun, but she serves her purpose in the movie. In this case, you can’t ask for much more.

On paper, this movie should be awful, but it’s not. The pace moves and the cast works their butts off. There’s probably not enough singing by Hasselhoff for his sect of fans, but Caroline Rhea is charming – despite how poorly written the character arc she must pull off. I can’t say that you necessarily need to see The Christmas Consultant, but there are worse made for TV Christmas movies.

Trust me.

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Posted on December 10, 2014, in christmas blog posts, movie review and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. David Hasselhoff delivers, “I didn’t like it – I loved it!” The same way in The Christmas Consultant as he did in Hop. It’s his holiday movie special.

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