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A Wedding for Christmas (2018)

Haley escapes her small-town and builds a life in Los Angeles as a wedding planner. When her sister asks her to plan her wedding, Haley returns to her childhood town and reunites with a childhood flame.

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Fred Olen Ray

Writer:

Anna White
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Cristine Prosperi ... Haley Foster
Colton Little ... Carter Wilson
Vivica A. Fox ... Ms. Reynolds
Lesli Kay ... Jane
William McNamara ... Frank
Adrienne Thomas ... Lisa Brooks
Natalie Mauro ... Angela
Robert Livingston ... Paul
Elizabeth Covarrubias ... Brenda (as Elizabeth Alvarez)
Curtis McGann ... Ryan
John Eddings John Eddings ... Chris
Elaine Partnow ... Florence
Richard Bradsher Richard Bradsher ... Reverend Wilkins
Hayden Tweedie ... Julie
Manuela Osmont Manuela Osmont ... Kammie
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Haley escapes her small-town and builds a life in Los Angeles as a wedding planner. When her sister asks her to plan her wedding, Haley returns to her childhood town and reunites with a childhood flame.

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Pretty typical plot development
4 December 2020 | by Jackbv123See all my reviews

This is a wedding planner movie where she has too little time for the wedding her sister always dreamed of. The leads were friends as children on her family's tree farm where the three of them (including her sister) made wishes on a wish tree. The sister's wish was to get married at the farm. I bet you can't bet what one of the other wishes was. The male lead Carter later bought the farm - no I mean he purchased it.

The plot follows most of the usual themes including the totally cliché misunderstanding based on what one of them saw from afar. Actually there is not much of a plot besides the wedding. Haley, the planner quickly finds out too many things aren't available on short notice and that consumes most of the story. Since that leaves the story a little thin, Haley's boss has to threaten her periodically because the boss has agreed to another short notice wedding. Trouble is, that thread totally fizzles just as you'd expect.

A movie with a simple plot needs something to hook the audience. Often, that's the relationship between the leads. Just one problem. Haley proceeds to insult every possible vendor she can find, implying in effect that their hick town standards aren't up to her requirements. (Shouldn't "the best wedding planner in LA" know something about tact?) She even disrespects Carter at first. She's annoying. For some reason, it seems to be a requirement in these movies that the leads start out badly in the beginning and then all the disagreements disappear. This is where Cristine Prosperi and Colton Little should have had chemistry. And they had a little, but it wasn't great.

Many reviewers have heavily criticized the acting. The actor playing the sister was pretty good. I don't completely agree that the others were terrible. Most of them were fair, and none of them distracted me with acting. I've seen a lot of movies where the acting is distracting.


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25 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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Casamento de Natal See more »

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