Love at the Christmas Table movie review


“Love at the Christmas Table, Living it up with Winnie Cooper!”

Love at the Christmas Table is something of a rarity in made for TV Christmas movies as it’s a love story first and foremost and simply set against the backdrop of Christmas.  This movie is about Christmas in the same way Master and Commander is about the ocean. 

Another rarity here is I don’t remember the girlfriend character being especially flat and bad guy-ish.  In fact, the movie doesn’t really have a strong antagonist – unless circumstance counts.  And, I guess it does.  I can’t say enough about what an oddity Love at the Christmas Table is; it’s cheap, drawn out, but also has a few decent characters (the leads aren’t terrible characters) and actors with backstories that, while ridiculous, at least make sense in their own universe.

And then, there’s the dance scene:

Check out the reactions on these people.  Did Jesus just return to earth or what?  Then, just when you think it’s over and they can’t possibly still hear the music… it just. Won’t. END!  Then the second couple comes out… it’s like they’re all infected by the same weird, “Let’s dance as far away from the music as possible” disease.  And the disease is SPREADING!  This scene is nearly four minutes long:  it’s what the kids call padding your movie.

Also, maybe this should be a Christmas song?

What really carries this movie is Danica McKellar’s smile along with her and Dustin Milligan’s complete and total commitment to their roles as well as the fact that Lea Thompson’s career had fallen so flat that she was available for this movie.  There’s also good use of Christmas lights, camera placement, that sort of thing – maybe the scene in the bathroom where they’re just hanging out and sitting in an empty tub doesn’t ring true, but it’s a lot more interesting looking than things you usually get in these flicks.

So while it’s not all bad, Love at the Christmas Table is a ridiculous film.  Not exactly a ringing endorsement…  It’s probably worthy of “So Bad It’s Good,” but that goes for most made for TV Christmas movies.  You can watch this flick on Hulu if you’ve got the guts or like the hipster ironic laugh.

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Posted on December 2, 2015, in christmas blog posts, movie review, tv review and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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