DEAR CHRISTMAS

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6.11 h 27 min2020X-RayALL
Natalie’s the host of a popular podcast, Holiday Love, which shares true stories of holiday romance with its listeners, but she’s never truly experienced a romance of her own. As Natalie prepares to embark on a tour for her new book, she stops back home to spend Christmas with her family where she unexpectedly begins to experience her own holiday romance as sparks ignite with firefighter, Jack.
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Hartbreak Films, Inc.
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Romance
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English [CC]
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English
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3.9 out of 5 stars

403 global ratings

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  2. 12% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 11% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 8% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 12% of reviews have 1 stars
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LeslieReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
fake everything
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They chop down a real Christmas tree... the next shot is them carrying in a fake tree, with the wire branches exposed, and later they're bending the branches to make the shape look better (at least PRETEND it's real, guys!)

The sister has a baby... the doll's face was VISIBLE (as was the VERY stiff, straight-backed doll shape) and not even a little lifelike (friends, if it doesn't look real, you THICKLY swaddle and HIDE that kid)

But beyond the bad props, the chemistry between the characters and the writing felt even more forced and fake than the typical cheesiness Christmas movies are known for. It was boring and just really really bad.
24 people found this helpful
AllPay109Reviewed in the United States on October 28, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
It felt weird
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The "chemistry" seemed forced/odd from the beginning. It never felt like they were a compatible match. It was like some guy was hitting on his mom's friend. I had to force myself to watch - it progressed slowly. It was good to see the both of them as individual actors though. I gave a star for each actor and that's it.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 12, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Unbelievable
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It was really difficult to watch because I love Melissa Joan Hart, but everything was bad...the script, the set, the acting (especially Jason)...they definitely trimmed the cast (the party, the ball scene) either due to COVID 19 or funding. Also, the main characters had zero sexual chemistry...did she ever find her 8th grade diary? I skipped her podcast entirely because that's definitely not how people do podcasts. Save yourself time and respect for the cast by not watching.
15 people found this helpful
elbowReviewed in the United States on November 18, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I Really Liked It
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I read some of the less than stellar reviews and found myself asking, "Why?" I have every reason to be cynical. But, what I saw was an actor (Jason) looking at Melissa with eyes that showed real emotion. He not only was speaking his lines, but was doing what so many actors fail to do in movies nowadays, and that is to show the emotion and not just speak it. I have seen only one other actor do that this well. I believe there was real chemistry between the two leads, the mom and dad, and the two sisters.
I did not see this movie as a stink bomb that some have rated, but a nice surprise. I hope that someone looks at me someday like Jason looked at Melissa in the movie.
8 people found this helpful
linda galellaReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Wholesome family fare but
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the prop master should be looking for a new line of work.

I’m usually very forgiving on these low budget independent films but DEAR CHRISTMAS flaunted horrible props repeatedly; so much so, they were impossible to ignore. The pregnant character’s baby bump was so obviously a terrible pillow contraption. The only thing worse was when this mother gave birth, it was to a cheap, rigid doll. Couldn’t they at least spring for a doll that was actually infant sized and had limbs and a neck that moved?!?

There were other instances like these but it doesn’t do anyone any good to pick this film apart. MJ Hart and Jason Priestly were decent, (I really think Ed Begley and Faith Prince are better as Hart’s parents), as a middle aged couple but they couldn’t save the project from low budget mediocrity and the cuts necessary due to the 2020 pandemic 🍿

Home, Hearth and Holidays 2021 #12
5 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on November 23, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Put Some Rum in that Nog - You are gonna need it.
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Not the worse Xmas movie. Hits all of the clichés but something is off about it. Veteran actors that know their stuff. Script is tolerable. But something is missing. If you do a marathon of Xmas movies then having some extra rum or whiskey in the Nog will help this one go down a bit better.

That "podcast" BS is irksome, should have called it a radio show and maybe mention there it will be ported to a podcast episode for streaming. Dinking a star for for total inaccuracy and another for not feeling like a Xmas movie.
6 people found this helpful
AnitaJohnReviewed in the United States on November 20, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
The reddest, greenest movie ever
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Pros: attractive cast, pretty sets, gooey sweet plot, happy ending
Cons: pregnancy looks like a bowling ball, but it produces a stiff doll so I guess that's okay, lead characters that never seem to really click emotionally
Recommend: if you are looking for more than a bit of holiday fluff, keep scrolling.
9 people found this helpful
SwanReviewed in the United States on October 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
This was sweet!
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A good feel good movie if you are into christmas movies. I fully enjoyed it but had trouble beleiving they were in 8th grade together. He just looks so much older than her. If you can get past that it is good and sappy and made me happy! Just dont look to close at the baby... So fake it made me laugh.
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