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12 Men of Christmas (2009)

A high-powered New York City publicist finds herself in Montana promoting a charity calendar after being betrayed by her boss and fiancé. Unfortunately, matters of the heart are just as complicated in the wilds as they are in the big city.

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Arlene Sanford

Writers:

Jon Maas (teleplay), Phillipa Ashley (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristin Chenoweth ... E.J. Baxter
Josh Hopkins ... Will Albrecht
Anna Chlumsky ... Jan Lucas
Erin Dilly ... Roz Baxter
Stephen Huszar ... Jason Farrar
Heather Hanson ... Lillah Sherwood
Jefferson Brown ... Eric
Craig Eldridge Craig Eldridge ... Mayor Bob Baker
Chantal Perron ... Dr. Marci Hempel
Paul Constable ... Dave Hempel
Aaron Abrams ... Les Pizula
Frank Chiesurin ... Scott Lewis
Peter Mooney ... Noah
Joe Norman Shaw ... Eddie
Jessie Pavelka ... Henry Diepeveen
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Storyline

E.J. Baxter has what she considers the trifecta of New York perfection: the perfect job as a PR executive with Lillah Sherwood's firm where she is the miracle maker; the perfect apartment; and the perfect man in her fiancé and coworker, Noah. E.J.'s life comes crashing down just before Christmas when she is fired from her job, and finds out that Noah is cheating on her, which not only leads to her calling off their engagement but changing what were to be their romantic holiday plans. After a few months of not being able to find a job with a reputable rival PR firm because of no one willing to cross Lillah, E.J. is forced to accept one of the two less than perfect jobs offered to her. The job that she accepts from Mayor Bob Baker is to work in Kalispell, Montana - population 19,000 and located hours from a large city - on a one year contract for its tourist board to encourage corporate retreats to the town. E.J. is a fish out of water in Kalispell, but finds that there are some ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

Calendar Girls meets The Full Monty

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Lifetime

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twelve Men of Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Bear, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Kristin Chenoweth's character talks to her sister about The Wizard of Oz (1939); Chenoweth starred in the Broadway musical production "Wicked" which parallels the story depicted in the classic film. See more »

Quotes

Jason Farrar: You know what gets me? When people have no problem with graphic violence but are horrified by the slightest display of the human body. No wonder the rest of the world thinks we're nuts.
E.J. Baxter: Mmm.
[points to Will across the street]
E.J. Baxter: Speaking of the disapprovers.
Jason Farrar: Ah, Will. He's a piece of work. You know what the thing is? We used to be best friends. We practically grew up together. Then, when his sporting goods stores became successful, he had a chance to help me get the job I really wanted, but instead...
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
Traditional
Words by Robert Burns
[New Year's Eve with the dog]
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Forgettable holiday fluff with a couple of highly watchable scenes
6 January 2016 | by JaynaBSee all my reviews

This movie is predictable and forgettable, a Christmas rom-com that ends happily ever after before barely grazing the surface of the leads' potential character arcs. Not that I am convinced either of the lead actors was capable of greater depth, but the script didn't give them any room to try. The secondaries were reasonably attractive and warm and human, but didn't get much in the way of lines or focus.

The reasons to watch:

1. Breathtaking mountain scenery 2. The photo shoot montage is excellent eye candy with humour attached 3. The mid-plot mutual-loathing confession of attraction that's a blatant ripoff from Pride & Prejudice but done in language far less polite.

4. The nod to the very real issue of cash-strapped Search and Rescue services, staffed by volunteers and relying often on borrowed or out-dated equipment, who manage at tremendous risk to life, limb, and family/romance to bring most people home most of the time from the wildernesses they've wandered into.

It's a 6 for those 4 reasons. Otherwise, it might be a 3.


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