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Write Before Christmas (2019)

TV-G | | Romance | TV Movie 17 November 2019
Jessica gets dumped before Christmas. She sends 5 Christmas cards, affecting her BFF, brother, aunt, pop star, and past music/cello teacher, meeting her single, photographer son.


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Neal H. Dobrofsky (as Neal Dobrofsky), Tippi Dobrofsky
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Torrey DeVitto ... Jessica
Chad Michael Murray ... Luke
Lolita Davidovich ... Lila
Grant Show ... Tom
Madison Smith ... Carter
Lanie McAuley ... Angie
Drew Seeley ... Jax
Geoff Gustafson ... Todd
Kimberley Shoniker ... Mimi
David Quinlan ... John
Theresa Wong ... Ruth
Max Archibald Max Archibald ... Joshua
Jay Hindle ... Wes
Paula Giroday ... Leslie
Stephen Lobo ... Primo


The film's Love Actually-esque premise revolves around the recently single Jessica (DeVitto), who sends Christmas cards to five people who have influenced her life: the aunt (Davidovich) who raised her, her younger brother in the military, a pop star Jax (Seeley) who provided the soundtrack to her life, the music teacher who inspired her, and her best friend, who always tells her the truth. As each person receives Jessica's card, they are sparked to act in their own lives to make them better. Written by Hallmark

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17 November 2019 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Chad Michael Murray and Torrey DeVitto previously starred together in One Tree Hill (2003). As did Drew Seeley in the pilot episode of One Tree Hill as Vegas. See more »


In the exterior shot of the motor pool just before viewers are introduced to Carter and Angie, the flag on the building is a 48-star flag, last used as an official flag in 1959. See more »


Features It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »


What Christmas Means to Me
Performed by Stevie Wonder
Courtesy of Motown Records, a Division of UMG Recordings Inc.
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Affecting but cluttered!
18 November 2019 | by pauldaguirreSee all my reviews

This is a well-intentioned break from the Hallmark tradition in that it sprawls beyond the network's predictable and cloying formula to focus on several couples - and, if you can believe it, a further subplot that doesn't involve romance at all. That said, any one of these storylines could have fueled an entire film, and if you know how sketchily drawn the average Hallmark movie's characters are, imagine how little you'd get to know about them if you multiplied by four. Obviously, this entry is overplotted and bursting at the seams, even more so because the screen time between plots is uneven, so some characters are allotted only a small handful of scenes with which to register. Some actors look alike (is it Jax or is it Luke?), which often makes it challenging to register which subplot we're in. The seasonal charm is there, and the performances are true, but the end result is a hodgepodge embarrassment of riches. That said, it's encouraging to see Hallmark finally starting to expand its horizons in terms of scope and formula.

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