Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie "A Christmas Melody"

MOVIE REVIEW

Movie: A Christmas Melody

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: December 19, 2015









CAST:

Mariah Carey ... Melissa Atkinson
Lacey Chabert ... Kristen Frank
Fina Strazza ... Emily Frank
Brennan Elliott ... Danny Collier
Kathy Najimy ... Aunt Sarah







PLOT:

via Hallmark: “A Christmas Melody” revolves around Kristin (Lacey Chabert), a beautiful, stylish divorcee who is a talented clothing designer and her young daughter. Kristin has just had to close her small Manhattan boutique to return to her Ohio home town and live in her parents’ former home. It’s an adjustment for Kristin and Emily – especially when she runs into her former high school rival Melissa (Mariah Carey). Melissa is president of the PTA and tries to make Kristen feel as unwelcome as possible. Kristen and Emily struggle to find their new normal with the help of the hunky local music teacher Danny (Elliott) and Kristin’s Aunt Sarah (Najimy), the local coffee shop owner. With a little holiday magic and music, Kristin and Emily find that home is where the heart is.



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14 comments:

  1. When will you have the review of this Mariah Carey movie up on here?????

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  2. Local newspaper article. This movie is still shooting now! http://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/movies/2015/10/07/mariah-carey-christmas-movie-filming-cincinnati/73507388/

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    1. Thanks for the scoop!

      Misty

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  3. ^^^Newspaper article says that Lacey Chabert will also star!

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  4. OK, the Mariah Carey movie, now called "A Christmas Melody" also stars Lacey Chabert according to this Billboard article (OK, the Mariah Carey movie, now called "A Christmas Melody" also stars Lacey Chabert! (see: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop-shop/6721935/mariah-carey-mean-girls-lacey-chabert-hallmark-christmas-movie) and confirmed by Lacey’s own Twitter (https://twitter.com/IamLaceyChabert/status/651944296887795712), where she linked to this Daily Mail article (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-3263416/Mariah-Carey-making-directorial-debut-festive-movie-Christmas-Melody-star-favourite-Mean-Girls-actress-Lacey-Chabert.html)!

    The local Cincinnati news seems to be going crazy with Carey sightings: https://t.co/Vha1RwPSbv

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  5. More on set pics ...

    https://twitter.com/lovelovejack/status/652035303536852992

    From Carey herself: https://twitter.com/MariahCarey/status/651808823385194496

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  6. Now that I see who else is starring in this movie, I'm REALLY looking forward to this one. :)

    Misty

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  7. I live 20 minutes from where they are shooting. The town is called Wyoming and is a cute little town with great Victorian style homes. Another Christmas movie was filmed in this little town in the Late 80's early 90's that starred Olivia Newton John . People are scampering to get a view of both stars and they have incorporated some of the kids at the school they are shooting at.

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  8. This was cute! Brennan and Lacey were together again (yay!) so that's what made it great for me!

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  9. Okay, here I go...Brennan and Lacey are adorable together and have such good chemistry...BUT...what was up with Mariah Carey not being in any scenes with others? It was so distracting to see only close ups of her face and with no one else in the shot. Was anyone else put off by that? It seems she filmed her scenes alone. Weird!
    I loved the movie, though, but MC's mean character could have been played by another actress and it would have been fine.

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  10. Susan, I couldn't agree with you more on the close-ups of Mariah. Her entire face filled the screen. I just find her tedious & she can not act...that's probably why she was hardly in the movie. I love Lacey Chabert but this was, in my opinion, the worst Hallmark movie of the season. And two close-ups of Folger's Coffee??!?! Are they going to start talking about how delicious Folger's coffee is in future films? It's distracting & ridiculous!

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    1. Product placement pays for the movie. Unless you'd rather no movies.

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    2. As good as this movie was, there were three things that I found disappointing:

      First off, I agree with Anonymous. I felt that Mariah’s acting abilities were very stiff and unnatural. Mariah is a talented singer and has potential to be a good director. But she should just stick to singing and possibly directing. I personally think that Mariah Carey’s character should have been portrayed by a different actress (maybe Pascale Hutton from “When Calls the Heart”).

      For her first time directing anything, I thought Mariah did a good job with directing this movie. However, I felt that the ending was a bit abrupt. What was up with Emily getting a puppy for Christmas? She never mentioned anything about wanting a dog, so that part to me seemed random.

      I remember seeing a post on Hallmark Channel’s Twitter feed that Fina Strazza (Emily in “A Christmas Melody”) starred in the Broadway musical “Matilda”. After reading this, I was excited that Hallmark had casted an actress from Broadway to act and sing in one of their movies. Fina is such a talented actress for such a young age! But in this movie, I felt like her singing abilities were watered down. I was really hoping that she would sing either a Christmas ballad (example: O Holy Night) or a duet with Mariah Carey, something that would have positively showcased Fina’s singing abilities.

      About the Folger’s product placements, this is not the first time Hallmark Channel has done something like this. They have featured other products from their sponsors in past movies, such as having characters carrying Walmart shopping bags or showing characters eating Jimmy Dean breakfast foods.

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