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Holiday in Handcuffs (2007)

A struggling artist working as waitress kidnaps one of her customers to bring home and meet her parents at Christmas.

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Ron Underwood

Writer:

Sara Endsley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Joan Hart ... Gertrude 'Trudie' Chandler
Mario Lopez ... David Martin
Timothy Bottoms ... Dad Chandler (as Tim Bottoms)
Markie Post ... Mom Chandler
June Lockhart ... Grandma
Kyle Howard ... Jake Chandler
Vanessa Evigan ... Katie Chandler
Gabrielle Miller ... Jessica
Layla Alizada ... Lucy
Cedric De Souza ... Taj
Marion Eisman Marion Eisman ... Mrs. Barber
Karen Hines ... Maria
Maureen Jones ... Barbara
Marty Hanenberg ... Mr. Portnoy
Matt Embry Matt Embry ... Slick Guy
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Storyline

Would-be painter Gertrude 'Trudie' Chandler loses her waitress job and boyfriend Nick on Christmas Eve - her only shot not to feel like her family's black sheep. To replace the ideal son-in-law with even hunkier dream-prince, David Martin, she kidnaps him at gunpoint to attend the family holidays in a secluded luxurious log cabin. Crazy lies prevent David from convincing the Chandler family he's not Nick and from escaping. After finally passing a rescue call to his spoiled fiancée, David decides to play the perfect catch to make her undoing worse. Before the police rescue him, he and the family realize they adore each other, the others all prove imperfect, and David and Trudy reassess their relationship after getting to know each other. Written by KGF Vissers

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She's bringing home the perfect boyfriend...even if it's a federal offense


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Official Sites:

ABC Family [United States]

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USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Holiday in Handcuffs See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Trivia

The movie became the highest viewed broadcast in the history of ABC Family with 6.7 million viewers and adults 18 to 49 (a 2.4 rating). See more »

Goofs

The movie is set in a cold, winter climate but the store where they stop to buy gas only has a screen door on the front. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Trudie: [narrating] I'm not crazy. I'm a long way from crazy. Doing one crazy thing does not make a person crazy, though I have to admit this isn't how I expected to be spending my Christmas... and I'm sure it's not how David Martin planned on spending his.
[to David who is walking down a snow-covered road in the middle of nowhere]
Trudie: So, you've been walking for what, about an hour? And you've gone exactly 1.8 miles and the nearest gas station is 20 miles away - you do the math. Look, why don't...
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Taking A Ride
Written by Chris Pelcer and Kari Kimmel
Performed by Kari Kimmel
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Dumb, but fun
22 November 2009 | by MartianOctocretr5See all my reviews

An utterly ridiculous premise. A girl breaks up with her boy friend, and kidnaps a guy with hand cuffs to get him to pose as her boy friend for Christmas with her family. Make sense? Of course not, but it doesn't matter.

Even using her Sabrina powers, I doubt the tiny MJ Hart could over power Mario Lopez. Nor is it likely the parents would be fooled by this absurd scheme, especially when the guy starts yelling to them for help! Well, it's a rom-com, so anything goes. On top of that, the Christmas theme demands the exact sentimental outcome you'll see coming more than 50 light years away. Even if you can't give it the poetic license it needs (a lot, lol), you can still laugh at how ludicrous the whole thing is.

Silly nonsense, but utterly harmless. For a brainless diversion, this one, believe it or not, works.


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