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Christmas in Rome (2019)

Angela, an American tour guide in Rome, agrees to teach a culture-shocked businessman named Oliver about the heart of Rome at Christmas.

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Ernie Barbarash

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Gregg Rossen (teleplay), Brian Sawyer (teleplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lacey Chabert ... Angela de Luca
Sam Page ... Oliver Martin
Franco Nero ... Luigi Forlinghetti
Holly Hayes ... Margaret Fletcher
Bryan Bounds ... Jack Fletcher
Fernanda Diniz ... Francesca Gianelli
Petar Cvirn ... Pietro Gianelli
Natasha Estelle Williams Natasha Estelle Williams ... Estelle Burns
Francesca De Martini ... Sofia Forlinghetti
Simone Spinazze ... Tomasso Toffino
Dragos Olaru ... Luca
Cleo Demetriou Cleo Demetriou ... Betty
Clara Ciobanu ... Monica Gianelli
Nathan Clough Nathan Clough ... Joey Princer
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Storyline

American Angela de Luca is a tour guide in Rome, it a job she loves in showing visitors what she finds special about the city that can't be found in standard guide books. Her exuberance does end up getting her into trouble as, a few days before Christmas, she is fired by her boss Tomasso Toffino for not sticking to the "tourist hot spots" protocol one too many times. It is when she is nursing her wounds about the job in not knowing what to do that she literally runs into Oliver Martin, who works for the New York based acquisitions firm Fiske and Drummond, he in Rome on business to acquire famed high end Italian ceramics company Forlinghetti for Fiske and Drummond. Oliver is all work and no play, he especially seeing the Christmas season as an opportune time to do business as no one else wants to work and thus will rush into deals. He expects to meet with Luigi Forlinghetti, seal the deal and leave Rome without experiencing any of it. A promotion to vice-president of the company rests ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-G
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Official Sites:

Official Website

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

30 November 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christmas in Rome See more »

Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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References A Room with a View (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Buon Natale (Means Merry Christmas to You)
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Performed by Nat 'King' Cole
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Much better than Chabert's Chocolate and Safari movies
1 December 2019 | by Jackbv123See all my reviews

This is a great vehicle to do different things in a Christmas movie. For one thing, this movie is as much a travel movie in a fictional setting as it is a Christmas movie, at least in the beginning. So many things are new to the American especially one who has never been to Rome. Beauty is an understatement. Wow. And it goes deeper than the view. Angela is teaching Oliver about the culture and traditions in Rome. I have no reason to believe those things are anything but accurate. This whole aspect alone of the movie makes it very enjoyable.

I wanted to do a spot fact check, so I looked up the three coins in the fountain. There was a movie by that name that goes along with the legend Angela quoted. I found one reference to that legend that went beyond that movie, so it appears this reference in the movie is at least partially accurate and possibly entirely accurate.

It is refreshing that you don't see snowball fights or Santa Claus in this movie but there are a few traditional activities that are familiar. If you watch as many Christmas movies as I do, that's a nice change.

Lest you think it's all business, or touring the sights, Chabert and Page manage some chemistry and some witty dialogue.

This is at least the second movie Lacey Chabert and Hallmark have done recently that goes behind the scenes in a travel setting. I can guess that there will be more to come. (I don't remember if Love on Safari fits this model exactly, but I think it probably does.) I thought this edition was better than the previous one(s) (Love, Romance, and Chocolate).

Does a movie have to have conflict or tension? For me, in Romance movies, especially Christmas movies, I can live without it if the story is otherwise enjoyable. There is a bit of tension with Oliver's boss being too demanding which results in a plot line that has been overused in this kind of movie. It works here, but I didn't think it was needed.

The climax includes a choir singing a Christmas song in St. Peter's square, another impressive sight (although some of it looked green screened).

There are pluses and minuses in this movie, but for me, the pluses were enough to get the best rating.


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