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Crown for Christmas (2015)

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After getting fired from her job as a maid at a ritzy New York City hotel, Allie reluctantly accepts a temporary gig as the governess to a young girl who is part of a powerful family in Europe that lives in a castle.

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Alex Zamm

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Janeen Damian (story), Michael Damian (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Danica McKellar ... Allie Evans
Rupert Penry-Jones ... Max
Ellie Botterill ... Theodora
Pavel Douglas ... Fergus
Colin McFarlane ... Chancellor Riggs
Amy Marston ... Miss Wick
Alexandra Evans ... Celia
Emma Burdon-Sutton ... Mrs. Claiborne
Rose Neville ... Lisa
Rollo Skinner ... Aaron
Deborah Moore ... Mrs. Hinden
Cristian Bota Cristian Bota ... Carter
Isabela Neamtu Isabela Neamtu ... Baroness Miruna
Matei Negrescu Matei Negrescu ... Count Busteni
Salvador Morales Salvador Morales ... The Nelson Kid
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Storyline

Allie Evans is a maid who just lost her job at a hotel for not getting a client's room prepared in time. She is then hired by a man named Fergus (who is working for a hotel patron that overheard what happened to her) where he invites her to the European country of Winshire to work as a governess for his employer. Upon arrival, Allie discovers that Fergus' boss is King Maximillian and meets his daughter Theodora who had been terrorizing other authority figures since the untimely death of her mother the Queen of Winshire. As Allie bonds with Theodora while getting acquainted to the other servants and Chancellor Riggs, she learns that King Maximillian is scheduled to be wed to Countess Celia. Written by Rtkat3

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Danica McKellar revealed in an interview that temperature on day of filming snow angels was eighty degrees. All of the snow in Romania was fake. See more »

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The King is frequently addressed as "Your Highness" as a King he should be addressed as "Your Majesty". As a princess Theodora would be addressed as "Your Highness" See more »

Quotes

Theodora: [to Celia and Max] Miss Evans says that you should never yell at a child. If you're angry, just lean in and whisper quietly. It's scarier.
Allie: [to Celia and Max] That was more of a joke.
Theodora: [to Celia and Max] Miss Evans says that good parenting lies somewhere between "Don't do that" and "What the heck."
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References Downton Abbey (2010) See more »

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The Twelve Days Of Christmas
Traditional, arranged by Frederic Austin (uncredited)
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Easy lies the crown
19 May 2020 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Watched 'Crown for Christmas' with not the highest of expectations, fairly mixed actually. While loving Christmas for as long as can be remembered and liking particularly Rupert Penry-Jones in other things, Hallmark have been very variable (veering towards average or less more than once) when it comes to films of theirs mixing Christmas and royalty. The title sounded sweet but the concept sounded so been there, done that and flimsy.

'Crown for Christmas' turned out to be much better than expected, being well above average and even really quite good. Which is not what the plot synopsis indicated it would be if it was executed wrongly. It may not be flawless or a masterpiece, but it is for me one of the best Hallmark Christmas films out of a very mixed bunch and one of the best of theirs mixing Christmas and royalty. Actually being one of the good ones and one that rises above its concept.

Sure it is thin in story, occasionally silly and can be very predictable. A lot of situations being quite over-familiar and lacking freshness.

Did have reservations here and there with Danica McKellar. Mostly she is appealing, but she also overdoes it for my liking at times.

Again though, mostly she is very charming with a character not too hard to root for and not too stock. All the cast are good, with the remarkably nuanced performance of Penry-Jones coming out on top. 'Crown for Christmas' is one of the Hallmark Christmas films to have characters that didn't annoy me, questioned the point of or come over as lacking in personality. Theodora could have been a brat but wasn't, showing growth, and the bonding relationship between her and Allie had heart and was relatable. Often have reservations with the use of music in their films, it was used well to me and had a festive feel, not sounding overdone in placement or balance.

It looks good, especially the interiors of the royal home which are wonderfully opulent. Lovingly shot too. The script doesn't get too corny or schmaltzy, the odd cringeworthy line here and there but there is heart here and a nice amount of playfulness. The story lacks surprises, but is very charming, very sweet, entertainingly light-hearted and movingly heart-warming.

On the whole, nicely done. 7/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bucharest, Romania See more »

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