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Christmas Made to Order (2018)

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"When architect and Christmas amateur Steven (Jonathan Bennett) finds himself hosting his family for Christmas, he recruits holiday coordinator Gretchen (Alexa PenaVega) to bring holiday ... See full summary »

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Sam Irvin

Writers:

Matt Marx, Anna White
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexa PenaVega ... Gretchen
Jonathan Bennett ... Steven
Jo Marie Payton ... Rachel (as JoMarie Payton)
Jacob Young ... Jeff
Chelsea Gilson ... Marie
Andrew Roach ... Tom
Nathan Nonhof ... Nolan
Bailee Michelle Johnson ... Paige (as Bailee Johnson)
April Matson ... Kirsten
Tamari Dunbar Tamari Dunbar ... Lindsay
Rick Macy ... Ben
Anne Sward ... Ellen
Scott Christopher ... Davis
Darya Gemmel ... Leader
Greylin Rue Greylin Rue ... Samantha
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"When architect and Christmas amateur Steven (Jonathan Bennett) finds himself hosting his family for Christmas, he recruits holiday coordinator Gretchen (Alexa PenaVega) to bring holiday joy to his home. Gretchen's expert Christmas spirit brings Steven's family together, but neither expected it to bring them closer to each other. After a great opportunity presents itself to Gretchen, she and Steven must decide what's really important in life". Written by Hallmark

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Romance

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Jonathan Bennett (Steven) and Jacob Young (Jeff) both portrayed the character of J.R. Chandler on the soap, All My Children (1970) See more »

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When the lead female's SUV won't start due to a low battery, the lead male's sister diagnoses it as a bad alternator. Alternators generate electricity for vehicle engines, and they can only be tested by operating them to see if they output the correct voltage. Since the SUV would not start, such a test would not be possible. The correct process would be to jump start the SUV and then test the alternator. See more »

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The Christmas host
8 September 2020 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Before seeing 'Christmas Made to Order', catchy title don't you think, some of my previous Hallmark Christmas film viewings had not been particularly good (not at all in a few cases) so feelings were somewhat sceptical. Did have some glimmer of hope though for 'Christmas Made to Order', as the premise was interesting and as far as Hallmark Christmas films go it and the setting are or at least sounded different from the norm.

'Christmas Made to Order', actually saw it a while back but have been behind on my reviewing, turned out to be much better than expected. Of the Christmas films seen in the period it was seen in, 'Christmas Made to Order' was generally up there among the better ones. It's not great or perfect, with a few of the usual gremlins when it comes to talking about the flaws but with a good deal of good things that Hallmark Christmas films have quite a number of times shown.

It didn't for me start off particularly promisingly. Quite routine and a lot of the dialogue was laughably bad early on (the worst of it had me cringing in my seat).

Some of the support acting struggled to make much of an impression and was quite anaemic in roles that never were more than just there cliches. Also would have liked more development to the central relationship, it was nice and didn't seem forced but with more time to unfold and wasn't quite as whirlwind feeling.

To me though, 'Christmas Made to Order' did get a lot better. So don't be deterred. Jonathan Bennett is likeable enough and even better is Alexa PenaVega, refreshingly spirited in a role that isn't over-written or personality deprived. Their characters weren't meaty, but they at least had personality and personalities that actually appealed. Their chemistry is unforced and charming. It looks attractive in its own way, with nice scenery and the photography complements it nicely. The soundtrack is pleasant enough and is not as overscored as other Hallmark Christmas films. The direction is not exceptional but is solid enough for the type of film it is.

While the dialogue is far from perfect, it did improve later on and didn't feel as corny or gooey. It induced some smiles. The story may be straightforward and doesn't have many surprises, but the setting is made very good use of and there is not too much of a stale feel compared to other Hallmark Christmas films, not feeling as over-familiar. The film is very light hearted and really warmed my heart and when the sentiment came in it didn't feel excessive or manipulative.

Overall, pretty good. 7/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 2018 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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