My Dad's Christmas Date

1 h 31 min2020X-Ray13+
It's Christmas in York. Jules, 16, knows all she and her dad really need for Christmas is love. Jules attempts to set up her dad online with a girlfriend - what could go wrong? Plenty...
Mick Davis
Jeremy PivenOlivia Mai BarrettHadar Cats
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3.6 out of 5 stars

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Carol GolembiewskiReviewed in the United States on November 8, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well Acted Dramedy
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As far as rom/coms or dramedies go, this one works. Generally, when I see Jeremy Piven is in a movie, I think the acting will be good. He is equally adept at comedy and drama - rare for many actors. There is also something to be said of the fact that he's rarely if ever boring while on screen as well. However, the supporting cast also gave strong performances. For example, Olivia Mia Barrett is skilled at being both an angry and bratty 16 year old that is deserving of a swift kick in the arse, and then manages to pull off being sympathetic and relatable in the end too - no small feat.

The comedy aspect works as David Evans (Piven) is unaware of his daughter signing him up and setting him up for numerous ill-fated dates via online dating sites. He is both hapless and bewildered as to what is happening when he asks, "How did she know my name?" The movie's comedy is well-balanced with the drama of a small family (father and daughter) dealing with profound grief and grappling to find solace in one another through their process.

I'd recommend the movie. It initially appears to be the stuff of Hallmark and the Lifetime channel, but is a more than that.
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linda galellaReviewed in the United States on July 2, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not a traditional Christmas movie but
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takes place during holiday season in England.

Jeremy Piven plays the father of a headstrong, hurting teenage daughter. They’re both grieving the loss of mom/wife and not doing well communicating with each other. He’s throwing himself into work, she’s trying a boy for the first time and it’s only making matters worse.

When daughter, Jules, and her BF get the bright idea to get dad a date to make him happy, the story has moments of humor in the midst of all the sadness and relationship issues. Both David and Jules are trying to find a new normal without the person they loved most.

Some beautiful, classic English Christmas music is part of the soundtrack and the young woman playing Jules sings a brief solo near the end that’s quite good. It won’t be everyone’s cuppa, but I loved it!

Lots of opportunities for discussion with the family about this movie: death of a parent, grieving, dating, proper behavior when dating, discipline, lying, trustworthiness and more. There are a few soft expletives, hugging and kissing w/clothes on, drinking and smoking, (mostly by adults). Not a fun Friday movie, it’s more of a thoughtful Thursday but worth the 90 minutes🍿

Christmas in July 2021 #1
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ScotingtonReviewed in the United States on December 15, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Painfully Bad
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I really wanted to like this. It had a heart wrenching / warming moment when Jeremy realizes what his daughter was going through. But other than that the performances were ruined by a score/soundtrack that never went with the scenes you were watching.
Advertised as a Christmas Story in York, there was nothing musically evocative of the location. 80 percent of the Christmas music was performed by a loud Jazz Ensemble and was forced into so many moments yet never fitting the movie at all.

I bought this with a 6 dollar prime digital credit to add to my Christmas Library and will sadly never watch it again.
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freelywehavereceivedReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Could have been much better!
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This could have been a much cuter movie, but they ruined it with language and sexual content. Not a clean family movie. It also wasn’t very well done; doesn’t keep your attention.
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neaReviewed in the United States on July 7, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don't waste your time, this one is just stupid
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the entire premise of this movie is beyond stupid, I hope whoever wrote this isn't slapping themselves on the back too hard because it is beyond silly. A daughter sets her Dad up on a dating site and all of these women come after him and he has no idea what is going on.....The daughter is in school and getting D's. So maybe she should work on her own life and leave her Dad's alone. But either way it is just stupid and not sure I want to waste any more of my time here. So I won't.
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Miss Josh EmmettReviewed in the United States on November 23, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Yes, that is the original title. Glad they didn't use it or I'd have given this sweet movie a pass. Yes, it takes place during the Christmas season but it is not Christian.

Jeremy and Olivia-Mai have great chemistry as a father and daughter who don't have chemistry. Mom has died 2 years ago and, from the looks of it, neither one has been through therapy and certainly haven't talked about it to each other. Thus...both are going downhill and neither knows it. After all that time, things need to come to a head as she hits 16 but it is subtle. They ease into it through there own selfish ways until...lesson learned.

Yes the s-word is used about 4 times. Another reviewer mentioned 'all the sex' and I didn't see any. The daughter has a boyfriend and she stops him before his hands try to go further than she allows. He backs off.

Daughter joins dating sites and hooks dad up with some doozies! LOL

This is a 2020 movie that takes place in 2020. Which is nice to see. No rap but the teens are acting like teens. And dad is good at throwing out 'dad jokes.' I really enjoyed it.

Plus, the daughter gets the solo at church on Christmas Day and it is really Olivia-Mai with those beautiful tones.

Yeah, get out the popcorn, invite the teens, and cozy up on the sofa. Oh, and no Santa, sorry...
aslsReviewed in the United States on August 6, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not what you think it's going to be
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O.k., the acting wasn't as bad as some of the reviews allude to - BUT, if you're looking for a Hallmark-type Christmas rom-com, this is NOT it. I loved the dry wit & sarcasm, and felt the ending was sweet. However, while the title and description might lead one to think this is a light-hearted movie filled with funny dating situations for the dad (there are a few of those), it is actually very weighted with emotion almost as much as there are moments of levity. Still enjoyed it - it just wasn't what I thought I was going to be watching.
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akreaderReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
It’s ok
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I watched the whole thing, so it did keep me engaged (just barely) and couldn’t have been that bad. However, it is kind of a weird movie.

First off there’s almost nothing Christmas-y about it, feels like they just threw that in for marketing. It also isn’t really a family movie like you’re expecting, might be appropriate for teenagers but not younger kids, and it borders on dark and depressing for all but the last few minutes.

Jeremy Piven’s character is a jerk and his daughter isn’t much better. It’s supposed to be a feel-good movie but you don’t even like the characters much.

Now for the good: the actress who plays Piven’s daughter was magnetic and really held the movie together. And somehow it kind of works, which is impressive as this movie could’ve easily been a complete disaster.

Some parts of it are really off the mark, but on the whole it’s okay. Worth a watch if you’re interested but temper your expectations.
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