One Starry Christmas (2014 TV Movie)
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I loved this magical Hallmark movie and gave it a 10. I will watch this movie over and over. Every character was perfectly chosen, and I loved the respect for the parents. The parents were delightful in this movie. Wonder where Holly and Luke will live after they marry, since they both have jobs in different states.
This movie has it all. Romance, cowboys, humor, horses, and true love. To boot, it's also chock full of pretty winter wonderland scenes and city lights.
I don't think many Hallmark Christmas movies will ever win an acclaimed award, but they always manage to capture some of the magic of the season, and for me, that's enough.
1.) How many times does she flirtily call him "Cowboy"? a hundred?
2.) the boyfriend was unquestionably a jerk. He did not handle the competition well to say the least. and that proposal was cringe- worthy. But my lord, I kind of felt sorry for him. He was so painfully desperate.
3.)She flirted with cowboy right in front of said boyfriend. Not nice. In fact she was kind of a h0. She shows up at the breakfast table in a nice outfit to show cowboy New York City. Takes one look at him after he's had a chance to take a shower, and goes back to put on a sexier outfit and smack on some lipstick. Need I ask what her game was here?
4.) the horse ride through New York and New Jersey. Stupid Stupid Stupid. Yes, it was super corny. But it made absolutely no sense. Why didn't he take a cab? So here's the main thing:
5.) So she had a big problem with moving away from Chicago due to her position as an award-winning professor of astronomy. (don't get me started on that.) Yet she wants to hook up with a rancher in Texas, who can hardly compromise at all as to where he lives for the rest of his life. So what's the inevitable result? I guess Hallmark didn't think that through.
It wasn't all bad. I liked the parents, the boyfriend's acting was great. Damon Runyon as cowboy made a romantic hero. But her incredibly shallow behavior, the impossibility of a long-term relationship, the needless stupidity of the premise, and the corny clichés prevent me from giving it more than 4 stars. Nice coat wardrobe though.
However, I do say that I enjoyed it the first time I watched it. It is a sappy Christmas movie. If you can laugh at all the stupidity you will enjoy it. It has some cute scenes and the characters are kind of cute in their own way. If you expect Casablanca, it is not here. But if you want to watch a Christmas movie and have literally nothing better to do, you might enjoy.
And I found Holly's dad's love of John Wayne and the cowboy lifestyle to be endearing. After all, isn't Christmas about dreams coming true? Then, there's the ending. Yes, we all know a horse wouldn't run all the way from New Jersey to New York City on pavement, but come on people use your imagination! Yes, Holly and Luke falling in love this quick could only happen on a Hallmark Christmas film, but so what? Christmas movies are supposed to be about love and happiness and this one fits the bill perfectly. In fact, it was my favorite of 2014's Christmas season, so do yourself a favor, ignore the critics and watch this gem of a movie!
Hmmm....where to start??
Sarah's continuous, dopey smile throughout the movie........the dopey cowboy she meets......the meddling cowboy's brother, (another cowboy), who can't sing the awful song anyway...and thinks he is "Dear Abby" with advice about love to his "little brother".........the father who behaves like a silly 10 year old over cowboy stuff...and insists on taking in a stranger just because he is a cowboy..........the mother added nothing of value...
...the mention of rodeos in NYC (barbaric, juvenile events!)...the purposely imposed immature embarrassment of the line dance at an up-scale Christmas party.......and it continues to be awful, along with Sarah's continuous, dopey smile...
But overall, the dialog is so bad, even a good actors could not have saved the movie.
This film started off watchable. The two leads are good and I was thankful that the film did not start the would be lovebirds as adversary's.
In this film a young woman finds herself almost all alone on Christmas when at the last minute her boyfriend needs to go to New York to land a huge client! If he lands the client he will be set for life.
Before long she decides to surprise her boyfriend in New York and buys a last minute bus ticket. While on the bus she meets a cowboy. Before long they are hitting it off and then the bus breaks down. So the 2 end up in a rental car heading to the New York area.
Before long they reach her parents house and they insist that the cowboy stay in their home for Christmas. The cowboy is then allowed to bring his brother to what will be there first Christmas Celebration in years. Now what I ended up having a problem is with the costume they had George Canyon wear. He looks foolish, The scarf made look very foolish.
This film is watchable but extremely predictable. Family safe but most kids & adult males will hate this. It might not be the best Christmas film BUT it is still enjoyable. I would not buy this on DVD but if I stumble across it on TV I might watch it again
It doesn't matter, of course, because apart from giving her an excuse to look at the sky with a cowboy, the fact that the protagonist has just acquired such a doctorate, and earned such an award, has no part in the plot except give her something to feel blandly good about.
Nobody shows any real emotions, there is not the slightest smidgeon of drama, nothing of any importance happens, every single person is a cliché (cowboy = good guy, corporate lawyer and boyfriend of doctor at start of movie = bad guy, dot com millionaire = nerd = socially awkward skinny guy in specs with the emotional maturity of a 12-year-old and is too scared to talk to girls, etc. etc.) and the plot is non-existent.
Utter, utter, utter, utter, utter, utter, utter, utter rubbish.
The problems with her new 'we met on the bus' cowboy, potential soul mate is that their souls can never mate. His life is his ranch, born and bred. He is in love with that life style and gives no hint he would ever give it up to dwell on the pavements of Chicago. Holly's soul is her life long work. She wins a huge award and grant that fulfills her greatest academic dream. She gives a heart felt speech defining her deepest feelings for her future work at her school in Chicago. She tells Adam that she could never leave Chicago at this momentous moment in her career. we are convinced she means this to the depths of her soul.
Dumping Adam was a given in these types of stories. But this script leaves no ending other then a Christmas NYC fling between her and cowboy Luke. She is no 'big girl on the prairie' and the only viable end for their story would be nightly skyping from Texas to Chicago.
Many irritating scenes as well. Brother Bull interrupts a holiday dinner to play a guitar as the meal gets stone cold. How inconsiderate. Holly and Luke's hot slow dancing in front of her boyfriend Adam was another irritating scene. Getting into a car for a long drive to NYC with a virtual stranger made little sense. Why would her mother, aside from her dislike of Adam, be happy to see a working Texas ranch cowboy pull up with his horse to claim her daughter. Not only are their worlds apart but their 'minds' are also eons apart. Her mind could not be satisfied by mending fences and cleaning out barns. Remember, Adam is taking a bus with a saddle in his lap. He is not some wealthy gentlemen rancher. Her parents and Holly know Adam has an important Xmas party later that night yet parents and Holly invite Luke and his brother to dinner so that mother says: How can we go to your party, we have guests. Can Holly and her parents be any more inconsiderate? How will the creative writers resolve their 360 degree different lifestyles and thousands of miles that separate them? Easy... they don't! Making this the worst written love story ever.
In summary, I recommend doing yourself a favor and skipping this ridiculous Hallmark movie! There are lots of cute Christmas movies out there. This unfortunately is not one of them.
Girl and boy in a relationship. girl wants to get married, boy is procrastinating. Girl goes on trip to surprise boyfriend, but meets Cowboy. (Cowboy has painful acting skills with an even worse fake accent.)
Girl and Cowboy have some really boring cliché Christmas adventures, boyfriend gets jealous when he suspects she's moving away from him.
--If the acting couldn't get any worse, insert the parents of the girl... Saccharine sweet, corny, too many face lifts mother, is just about as annoying as annoying gets. The "perfect" family is so distracting that I can't even focus on the movie at this point. ~Cowboy has brother that has a great set of pipes and sings a beautiful song at the dinner table. (That is probably the only redeeming value in the movie)
Bad accent cowboy teaches New Yorkers how to miraculously line dance in just one, 2 minute lesson, and they're all urban Cowboys now!
Shockingly, the boy and girl break up, and girl rides off with bad accent cowboy. The end.
What makes it for me is Sarah Carter and Damon Runyan. They spend screen time together. They have fun. They make chemistry. Sarah Carter has an infectious laugh and looks for the happy things.
I enjoyed the singing and the dancing.
*** SPOILERS*** What I didn't like was the whole sequence around Holly breaking up with Adam. It is true that Adam didn't care about what made Holly truly happy. It is also true that his proposal was an embarrassment. On the other hand, he had good reason to be upset because she was flirting with another man right in front of him. She didn't set out to hurt him, but it was hurtful. But worst of all, the words that came out of her mouth to him sounded like nonsense to me. Part of it is the whole soul mate-myth/instant-love thing popular in romance movies. Also, riding a horse through urban New Jersey and New York is kind of silly. If you take this whole section and do it differently I might have loved this movie. As it was, it was slightly better than OK.
They also left open the whole Chicago - Texas, which is just as bad as Chicago - New York.