Switched for Christmas (2017) movie review

Can you handle the power of Candace Cameron Bure?  Can you handle it when there’s twice the Bure?  Let me just tell you THAT YOU CANNOT.


That’s right, DJ Tanner goes full Parent Trap/Prince and the Pauper on Christmas in Switched for Christmas.  And… it’s not terrible.

I know, right?  The premise is ridiculous.  Two adults with careers (teacher, real estate development… I guess?) who are identical twins switch places.  At work.  As in, they’re doing each other’s jobs.  Sure, the switching sister doesn’t actually teach children, but she does go to meetings with the boss…

Just so I’m being clear:  if you have an identical twin, DON’T SWITCH PLACES.  This is a terrible idea.

And yet, the movie isn’t that bad.  It has, dare I say, good pacing, decent performances, the dialogue didn’t make me throw up in my mouth (it’s not perfect), uhm… I dunno.  I’ve seen worse Christmas movies.  On the Hallmark Channel.  Starring Full House cast members.

There’s not a single surprise in this movie EXCEPT that they didn’t cheap out on the twin effect.  Most of them are simple (locked off camera with garbage mat, shot-reverse-shot with a double), but there are a few shots that really impressed me.


I guess that’s the bar – when you’ve just seen Hallmark Channel’s Finding Santa, any movie that has decent pace and just a little bit of density within the plot and the characters makes all the difference.  We all know where these movies are going, it’s nice to have something that’s not completely frustrating to look at along the way.

So do I recommend Switched for Christmas?  Not especially, but it’s not particuarly torturous.  For the Hallmark Channel, that’s a fete.


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Posted on November 26, 2017, in christmas blog posts, movie review and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. So this movie is par for the course as Hallmark movies go. It’s a nice piece of sentimental holiday fluff and Candace Cameron Bure is very likable in it. However, it was very distracting that the Hallmark folks didn’t do better research. Littleton, CO is not a “small town an hour away from Denver.” It’s a suburb of Denver. Big difference to those of us who actually live in Colorado.

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