A divorced lover of Christmas books a chalet with her mother and daughter for the holidays, there she meets a writer who despises Christmas. Together they learn the magic of Christmas and family.

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Jennifer Gibson
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Erica Durance ... Grace
Robin Dunne ... Jack
Elva Mai Hoover ... Helen
Micah Kalisch ... Lexi
Stephanie Belding ... Charlotte
Damon Runyan ... Tom
Jennifer Gibson ... Nancy
Martin Roach ... Steve
Michael Gordin Shore ... Christmas Tree Worker
Dale Whibley ... Andrew
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A divorced lover of Christmas books a chalet with her mother and daughter for the holidays, there she meets a writer who despises Christmas. Together they learn the magic of Christmas and family.

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Erica Durance was in an episode of Stargate SG1 with Amanda Tapping, who co-stared with Robin Dunne in Sanctuary . See more »

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A Christmas chalet that could have done with more magic
3 August 2020 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'The Christmas Chalet' was one of those films that was part of my Christmas film completest quest that has been happening on and off over-time after it appeared as a recommendation here earlier this year. Absolutely love Christmas, have said this quite a number of times in my reviews in the past but am trying actually to not make it as obvious now unless when challenged if a review for any Christmas film is negative. Have also liked liked Erica Durance and Robin Dunne in other things.

Saw 'The Christmas Chalet' actually with relatively mixed expectations, excepting at least some degree of heart and charm while not expecting a particularly great story or dialogue. Which is pretty much exactly how the film can be summed up. 'The Christmas Chalet' is not a must avoid and there are things that did impress me, it does take a lot for me these days to call something a must avoid, but there isn't much special about it either. Am feeling rather bad saying this and am probably going to get crucified for this review, which is going to be as reasonable as possible.

It, 'The Christmas Chalet' that is, looks good. Loved the scenery especially, regardless of any authenticity being called into question there is a festive look to it and it looks picturesque. Personally thought the photography, while never extraordinary, complemented it nicely, not overblown while not basic either. The music is a nice enough fit and is pleasant music on its own, it doesn't make as much of a mistake as other Christmas films of being used too constantly or being too loud (something that a number of Hallmark Christmas films are guilty of).

Moreover, there is a natural flow in some of the dialogue (a lot of it in the film is great though) and there are moments where it doesn't have as much of the corn or mawkish factors that some Christmas films have. The middle act warms the heart and has some "aww" moments and the characters while not complex didn't bore or annoy me. Durance and Dunne are charming leads and Damon Runyan has often done solid work and he does too. The performances are better than average on the whole, and Durance and Dunne's chemistry is sweet. The chemistry between the actors is well done on the whole even, the mother-daughter one also has spark.

However, the story on the whole could have been a lot more engaging. It has its moments, but the excessive predictability from doing nothing new with very familiar done to death ground does hurt it. As does the dull pace of the first third, which suffers from paper thin storytelling and overlong set up. In fact, the story in general felt too thin and the pace doesn't ignite enough.

Wasn't crazy about a lot of the script either, which did tend to be very cheesy and too cutesy, also didn't think it needed to be as talky. While some of it is relatable, this aspect could have been done with more subtlety and freshness.

On the whole, decent but nothing special. 6/10


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1 December 2019 (USA) See more »

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