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Hats Off to Christmas! (2013)

After ten years, Mia hopes for a promotion to upper management in the store when the boss/owner wants to see her. But he wants her to show his son, Nick, the ropes. Mia's a widowed mom and Nick is single.

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Terry Ingram

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Deanna Talcott (story), Deborah Majinska (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Haylie Duff ... Mia
Antonio Cupo ... Nick
Jay Brazeau ... Michael
Sean Michael Kyer ... Scott
Melanie Papalia ... Ellie
Kendra Anderson ... Valerie
Lori Triolo ... Joann
Michael Adamthwaite ... Sam
Dolores Drake ... Peggy
John Innes ... Phil
David Nykl ... Dr. Tucker
P. Lynn Johnson ... Woman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kayde McWilliams Kayde McWilliams ... Child on Santa's lap
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Storyline

Mia (Duff), the loyal and hard-working manager of her small town's Christmas hat shop, is blindsided when her boss of over ten years asks her to train his son, Nick (Cupo), for a vacant upper-management position that Mia had been coveting. Although Nick is a handsome, successful New York City business consultant, Mia finds training him frustrating until Nick takes an interest in Mia's son Scotty (Sean Michael Kyer, "Girl in Progress," "The Color of Rain"), helping Scotty with a pumpkin carving contest. However, Mia's faith in Nick quickly diminishes when Nick fails to show up at the contest. To protect her son from further disappointment, Mia tries to keep Nick out of her and Scotty's fragile life, and Nick must decide if staying in the small town of Wilsonville is worth giving up the big-city perks he once had in New York. As Mia struggles to find a way to convince Scotty to return to physical therapy so he can walk again, she soon realizes that Nick may be the Christmas miracle she ... Written by Nick

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hats Off to Christmas! See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Good story elements, but rough execution
29 October 2017 | by Jackbv123See all my reviews

This story had good potential. Add one key element to the usual widow with a son breaks in the new boss plot-line. That element is that the son is in a wheelchair, injured in the accident that killed his dad. I also give this movie some small creativity points that Nick didn't come in trying to make Mia's life miserable by changing everything without asking.

I thought the execution was choppy. I expected more from Hayie Duff. At times she was OK, but at other times she seemed clumsy in her role. I got tired of seeing her tilt her head down in her humility pose. And she was clumsy at times with Antonio Cupo. They didn't seem to have chemistry and it sure didn't seem like Mia wanted to give Nick a chance. Most of the courting going on seemed to be Nick courting Scott, not his mom. There just wasn't enough of Mia and Nick connecting.

The company in trouble theme was also executed clumsily. (You don't leave your conference room door open when you are discussing ideas for cost cutting that affects employees.)

On the other hand, there were definitely some good moments especially toward the end. But they seemed like items checked off on someone's list of plot devices. Overall though, I guess there were enough positives that I give this movie a thumbs up, but barely.


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