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The Christmas Trap (2018)

Christmas in the Heartland (original title)
TV-PG | | Family | 14 November 2018 (USA)
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Two girls realize they're both visiting grandparents they've never met and decide to switch places to see how the other half lives.


Harvey Lowry


Dave Matheny (screenplay)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Sierra McCormick ... Kara Gentry
Brighton Sharbino ... Jessie Wilkins
Bo Derek ... Elsa Gentry
Shelley Long ... Judy Wilkins
Christopher Rich ... Bob Gentry
JoeDon Rooney ... Jim Wilkins (as Joe Don Rooney)
Tiffany Fallon ... Sherry
Paula Trickey ... Ida Beth
Christian Kane ... Jeff Gentry
Tisha Bradford Tisha Bradford ... June (as Tisha Alexander Bradford)
Bryan Whorton ... Roy Wilkins
Gavin Taylor ... Roger Wilkins
Parker Ridings Parker Ridings ... Donnie Ray Wilkins
Thatcher Ridings Thatcher Ridings ... Junior Wilkins
Bryson Smith Bryson Smith ... Wesley


It's Christmas time. Kara Gentry's wealthy grandfather, Bob Gentry, who she's never met due to his estrangement from her father - his son, Jeff Gentry - has telephoned for the first time in years asking Kara to spend Christmas with him and her grandmother, Elsa Gentry. Jessie Wilkins, who has been living with her Aunt Jenny following the death of her mother earlier in the year - her father never having been in the picture for a reason she doesn't know - has just been contacted by her paternal widowed grandmother, Judy Wilkins, who she's never met, to spend Christmas with her. Kara and Jessie, both fifteen years old, meet on the same Burlington, Vermont to Stillwater, Oklahoma flight, and, becoming fast friends, learn of the other's Christmas plans which they are both dreading. When they also learn that they are both heading to the small town of Guthrie, they at the last minute decide to switch places so that Kara can experience a Christmas with who she considers a real person unlike ... Written by Huggo

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I used up ALL my WTFs in the last 15 minutes of this film.
23 July 2020 | by Poppycorn144See all my reviews

This is called The Christmas Trap (no doubt a lazy reference to The Parent Trap) so I thought I knew the level of cheese I was in for.

I was wrong

The plot holes are canyonesque in size and the multiple revelations made to the audience and onscreen characters in the final scene are just too much.

So why have I given it an above average score?

The first 80% is exactly what I expected and satisfied my cheese quota, and the final denouement was just insane and made me laugh so hard I cried, so I had to give it extra stars for that.

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14 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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Christmas in the Heartland See more »

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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