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~ James 1:17

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Which πŸŽ„ 2021 CHRISTMAS MOVIES πŸŽ„ made the *It's a Wonderful Movie* NICE LIST! πŸŽ…




Welcome Friends -
to the 2021 Christmas Movie Review Page!

Here's what you'll find here...

To give us all a sense of which NEW Christmas Movies ARE and which movies ARE NOT family-friendly, I am going to be updating this page with reviews and comments on almost every NEW MOVIE from *It's a Wonderful Movie* family members throughout Christmastime. Be sure to bookmark this page by adding it to your favorites and return for reviews added for each film. Hopefully this will help us all enjoy many of the wonderful Christmas movies airing this Holiday Season - and make our Christmas movie viewing experience a whole lot easier!

My personal reviews come from a Christian view point, and I appreciate those who visit here at *It's a Wonderful Movie* and share these same moral standards and traditional values with us. Thank you to those of you who have contributed a review, thus far, and if you haven't shared, yet, but you would like to, please see details at the end of this post. Whether you share a little or a lot - it is all appreciated!

I hope you enjoy all of the movie reviews below...


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*Christmas movies are listed in order by their premiere date below - underneath each individual network.


🌟GAC FAMILY:

Much Ado About Christmas - October 30, 2021
(Susie Abromeit and Torrance Coombs)

πŸŽ„"Just finished Much Ado About Christmas and really enjoyed it. It was very well acted and the storyline believable. I was wary of the storyline, but it was done so much better than I anticipated. Loved the attention to detail of the Christmas spirit and loved the romance between Hailey and Claud." ~Misty

πŸŽ„"I watched the premier holiday movie on GAC, "Much Ado About Christmas". I was more than pleasantly surprised. The movie was well-written, produced and directed. Casting was excellent. Storyline was heartfelt and nostalgic. This movie had all the elements of Christmas and then some. It was the first holiday movie I have ever seen where the snow looked real and there was so much attention given to detail that truly helped to capture the essence of the holidays. This movie is a classic and one I will watch again & again." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"Both Much Ado About Christmas and The Christmas Promise were wonderful! It is hard to believe we had two great movies on in the same night. These will stay on my DVR indefinitely. I will say, for me, The Christmas Promise is the better of the two. Though it is Hallmark, it is family friendly. Loved the JOY sign! ------ In my previous comment, perhaps I did not word it correctly. I loved those two movies equally well. If I were forced to choose, it would be The Christmas Promise first and Much Ado About Christmas second. Can't wait to watch them both again." ~kitkat

πŸŽ„"Review: Much Ado About Christmas Family-friendly: Yes Keeper? Yes GAC is off to a great start! I really enjoyed Much Ado About Christmas, and kept thinking "what a sweet and innocent movie" while watching it. Torrance Coombs' character came across as rather shy and introverted, and that is something you rarely see in one of these movies. Susie Abromeit also came across as very likeable, and the chemistry between the two characters was right on! A keeper!" ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„"Much Ado About Christmas was good too, LOTS of Christmas. we probably won't watch it EVERY YEAR, but we would definitely watch again. We all agreed it was SO nice to watch a movie for the first time and not worry for one second about what is coming next :) it felt like old hallmark!" -brother in Christ



The Great Christmas Switch - November 6, 2021
(Sarah Lind and Dillon Casey)

πŸŽ„"Sorry to say, but I thought The Sister Switch was very boring. I didn't get why they would switch places. It also didn't seem very Christmasy. Looking forward to the next movie, though." ~Misty

πŸŽ„"I will talk about this movie 1st cause it was GAC Family, and it was a movie I was surprised i liked so much. The Great Christmas Switch!!!! I do usually like the twin sister switch movies, but when i saw the preview, the blond hair the 2nd sister had looked so bad, i didnt know if i could watch the entire movie with the bad wigs. But i decided to give it a try. As I was watching, i was apprehensive cause the sister that was married's husband was spending time with the sister switch so I was like "where are they going with this" and being so used to Hallmark, i said "wait a minute, give this a try cause this is GAC Family". I was glad i did. All I liked from the Great Christmas Switch--1st and foremost, that a married couple was having problems and looked like they could be headed for divorce, BUT worked it out and talked and I was so happy. We all know life isnt perfect, but i love to see married couples work things out. Loved that Sophia moved to Ohio to be with her sister and her sisters family. Loved Sophia's relationship with the kids. Loved that Kaelynn could see she was so rigid and perfect and didnt want to be anymore. She could see that was one reason why her marriage was struggling. I liked this movie a lot." ~Sabrina

πŸŽ„"Review: The Great Christmas Switch

Family-friendly: Yes
Keeper? Yes

I did not have high hopes for this movie, since many times in "switcheroo" movies the two personalities, portrayed by the same person, are not different enough to make you believe that are indeed two different characters. Not so here. Sarah Lind (you may remember her from the Martha's Vineyard Mystery movies) does an excellent job in making you believe that these two sisters are indeed two different people. (Spoiler: My favorite scene is the one at the dinner table where Sophia finds out how Kaitlynn has caused her to lose her apartment AND job - Sarah's reactions are great!) This movie, along with the great acting, has warmth and humor in a family setting. A keeper for me." ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„"I like Sarah Lind although I have to say I don't think she's a good match for Jesse Metcalfe in Martha's Vineyard. Howwver she comes into her own here. This movie hasn't generally been received well and while there are some obvious drawbacks to it I personally really emjoyed it. I was a bit dubious about what to expect and the first 20 minutes or so were very fragmented - I'm sure there will have been more than a few who might have stopped watching but stick with it because it turned into a captivating and compelling watch. I thought Kaelynn's husband was charming and had great charisma - he was maybe the hit of the movie, Sophia's love interest had a quiet yet appealing demeanour. It was well scripted in showing how each twin had very different facets to their personality and in the switch was able to realise her mistakes and even help the other. A couple of downsides were that I couldn't believe Kaylynn's kids couldn't recognise that Sophia wasn't their real mother although she did manage to avoid having full contact with Patrick and towards the end I was getting so frustrated that they just didn't explain the situation - hardly a big deal. The reconciliation between Kaelynn and Patrick was wonderful and joyful -it gave me a lovely fuzzy feeling and the making up between Sophia and Jonathan at the New Year's Eve old time dance made a great ending. One word of warning - although the movie is set at Christmas there's not a lot really "Christmassy" about it but this didn't spoil the enjoyment for me. Overall after the early scens a surprisingly compelling and light-hearted movie which I actually slightly preferred to Much Ado." Florence's rating - 8


Christmas Time is Here - November 13, 2021
(Dewshane Williams, Rukiya Bernard & Tom Pickett)

πŸŽ„"I just finished watching Christmas Time Is Here and loved it! It had everything I love about Christmas romance movies. It felt like a true Christmas movie and had what so many movies have been missing...chemistry! I loved the comedic, dramatic, romantic moments in this movie!" ~Misty

πŸŽ„"I too loved Christmas Time Is Here! Enjoyed it so much I watched again last night. Those two stars are adorable together.....a perfect match!" ~kitkat

πŸŽ„"CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE (GAC) Family Friendly. This was so cute! Absolutely love the two leads and their chemistry. So fun to watch too. Had lots of laugh watching this." ~CH Mom


A Kindhearted Christmas - November 20, 2021
(previously: Secret Santa)
(Cameron Mathison and Jennie Garth)

πŸŽ„"A Kindhearted Christmas did not disappoint. I will watch this again. A Kiss Before Christmas is family friendly, and I really enjoyed this movie. James Denton and Terri Hatcher are good together, plus I loved the story. Another keeper for me. The stories have been told before in both of these movies, but I never tire of seeing good deeds and life changing things happen. When you leave a movie feeling happiness and joy, it is a good thing. That is how I felt." ~kitkat

πŸŽ„"I watched Nantucket Noel, A Kindhearted Christmas and Five More Minutes. They were family friendly. I would watch A Kindhearted Christmas and Five More Minutes again. I really like David Hayden-Jones. I had to grab tissues for that last movie." ~Mary

πŸŽ„"A Kindhearted Christmas was a wonderful movie! Fun, sweet, and very family friendly!" ~Grace

πŸŽ„"I watched A Kind Hearted Christmas and it was pretty good. IMO, you would have to be out of it not to know who was the Secret Santa was to build a news story around it, but it was still enjoyable. Great Christmas theme and great chemistry with all the cast." Misty

πŸŽ„"A Kindhearted Christmas is such a good, sweet and inspiring movie. It is all about kindness and love. It inspires you to do some good things for other people, show them that they matter, and they are not alone in this world. I love Gac movies, they have something special about them." ~Oksanka

πŸŽ„"A KINDHEARTED CHRISTMAS Family Friendly. This was a feel-good movie for sure. The chemistry and romance were definitely there. Always love Cameron and he was wonderful as always. The whole secret santa "reveal" thing and misunderstanding was a bit odd. But all in all, it was a sweet, feel good holiday movie that inspires the spirit of giving." ~CH Mom


Angel Falls Christmas - November 26, 2021
(Chad Michael Murray and Jessica Lowndes)

πŸŽ„"Angel Falls Christmas "The ultimate act of love is to put aside pride in giving everything to the other person" I have been waiting for this movie to watch and I was not disappointed. It was such a good one. It was full of wisdom and lessons to learn. For me is a different story with a refreshing ending. Chad Michael Murray and Jessica Lowndes were just brilliant in this movie." ~Oksanka

πŸŽ„"Been going through my DVR this weekend and I want to say that Time For Them to Come Home for Christmas, Making Spirits Bright and Angel Falls Christmas are all family friendly and that old style feel-good we know and love." ~Anonymous


Royally Wrapped for Christmas - November 27, 2021
(Jen Lilley and Brendan Fehr)

πŸŽ„"Loved Royally Wrapped Christmas!! I wasn’t sure I would because I’m not a big fan of Brendan Fehr, but Jen Lilley is one of my favorites. They were both excellent! Not only was it family-friendly, but it may be the best one this year. I haven’t decided yet. It’s definitely in the top three along with Next Stop, Christmas and the Great Christmas Switch. You all will enjoy this movie about giving so put it in your immediate to watch list!" ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"Review: Royally Wrapped for Christmas Family-friendly: Yes Keeper: Borderline, but leaning toward no Let's see...a commoner ends up in a royal kingdom, she and the prince fall in love, and there are obstacles to overcome. How many times have we seen this?! But what helps here is the adorable Jen Lilley. She is excellent as being shy and unsure about her feelings and what to do about them. Unfortunately, I found Brendan Fehr's performance as the prince somewhat wooden, especially when compared to princes in other movies. Bottom line - if I keep it, it is solely because of Jen Lilley, but I am not even sure that is enough." ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„"Royally Wrapped for Christmas from GAC Family is family friendly. Nothing overly special about the movie but Jen Lilley is solid as usual." ~Keith

πŸŽ„"Had another sister girl night ;) Royalty Wrapped for Christmas was wonderful. I loved the message of giving rather than receiving. And I really admired Lindsey's family tradition, give a gift to keep and one to give away. Even if it's small. What a kind gesture. I want to continue it myself. The movie was real sweet and clean and had great characters. Did not disappoint. Jen Lilley looked cute in that red dress too!😊" ~Abigail

πŸŽ„"ROYALLY WRAPPED FOR CHRISTMAS (GAC) Family Friendly. To be honest, i'm not a big fan of royal themed movies. A lot of them are so pretentious to me. I'm also not the biggest fan of Brendan Fehr, but he was actually really decent here! This movie was actually not too bad. It was quite fun to watch. Jen Lilley was great as always, and I loved that they included the little scene with a girl who was getting adopted. I would've loved a different way to end it. It felt too abrupt to me." ~ CH Mom


Christmas is You - November 28, 2021
(Becca Tobin and Matthew MacCaull)

πŸŽ„"Christmas is You on GAC Family is family friendly. Nice version of Silent Night sung in the movie too." ~Keith

Jingle Bell Princess - December 4, 2021
(Trevor Donovan and Merritt Patterson)

πŸŽ„"Jingle Bell Princess was great. GAC Family is the new home for family Christmas Movies. I have given up on Hallmark. I tried watching some Hallmark movies this year but I keep waiting for some non family moment so it ruins them for me." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"Jingle Bell Princess was a nice movie. The set decorations were beautiful. It had all the elements for a nice, relaxing Christmas movie watching experience. And you can’t go wrong with Trevor Donovan and Merritt Patterson." ~Jennifer R

πŸŽ„"I absolutely adored Jingle Bell Christmas. It was 100% clean and family friendly. The plot was real sweet and filled with kindly characters. I thought Amelia's tradition of making a wish for someone else by tying a ribbon on the tree was very sweet. Trevor and Merritt really went well together, not surprising. Was wonderful and did not disappoint. 😍😊 GAC Family is looking better and better. Hope they become the next Hallmark." ~Abigail

πŸŽ„"I watched A Jingle Bell Princess even though I don't care for royal movies. I thought it was pretty good. I don't like how there is a blizzard one moment and then the weather is nice and no piles of snow the next. Pretty good chemistry and the daughter was cute." ~Misty

πŸŽ„"Jingle Bell Princess was such a good movie. I really enjoyed watching it. And it is such a good feeling when you don't have to worry about the content of the movie, because you know that GAC movies are family-friendly, and most of all, I like that they show some important values, such as, for example, in this movie the tradition with a ribbon (to make a wish not for yourself but for other people). And I like a beautiful Christmas atmosphere in each movie, and how cosy and warm you feel while watching it." ~Oksanka


A Lot Like Christmas - December 5, 2021
(Maggie Lawson and Christopher Russell)

A Christmas Miracle for Daisy - December 11, 2021
(Jill Wagner and Nick Bateman)

The Christmas Star - December 12, 2021
(Sara Canning and Daniel Lissing)

When Hope Calls: A Country Christmas, Part 1 and Part 2 - December 18, 2021
(Morgan Kohan, Ryan-James (RJ) Hatanaka, Wendy Crewson, Neil Crone, Hanneke Talbot, Jefferson Brown, Lori Loughlin, and Daniel Lissing)

Joy For Christmas - December 19, 2021
(Cindy Busby and Sam Page)



🌟HALLMARK CHANNEL:

You, Me & Christmas Trees - October 22, 2021
(Danica McKellar, Benjamin Ayres, and Jason Hervey)

πŸŽ„"Happy to report to viewers, You, Me, And The Christmas Trees is family-friendly. Love Danica but do not enjoy watching Benjamin Ayers in anything. Someone else with Danica would have been more enjoyable. I won't voice an opinion until I watch it again. I was on edge the whole time since I took a chance watching it without a review first." ~kitkat

πŸŽ„"As far as “You, Me and Christmas Trees” I would give it a 5 out of 10. Most of the positive goes for scenery. Very predictable about whole story line. Not a lot of debth to really get into. I usually rate a movie on if I would want to watch it again and here there is not a lot to go back to. Just my opinion. Be interested in seeing others." ~JoCo

πŸŽ„"As others have reported You, Me And the Christmas Trees is family friendly. Like Kitkat said, I was on the edge, so afraid it would suddenly appear out of no where!! Story line is different for sure, but not one that I will watch over and over. The story line is a little slow and not the best chemistry between the leads. But as is always Hallmark style, a happy ending." ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„"I enjoyed You, Me, And The Christmas Trees. I liked how science was brought into the movie. It is family friendly." ~Mary

πŸŽ„"You, Me & Christmas Trees". Kinda cute, kinda hokey, at times kinda "thin"/silly/unbelievable. Both lead actors have much better Christmas movies out there from past years. This one was not a keeper for me; but I suppose it wasn't a total waste of time, it had some Christmas "feels". Family friendly except for a few small parts about drinking hard cider and a cocktail-making competition. It was nice to see Candace Cameron Bure introduce the movie, but I was not impressed with the set behind her (didn't feel very warm and Christmas-y to me). On to the next one!" ~~Jane

πŸŽ„"So we saw You, Me & The Christmas Trees and it was family friendly but didn’t feel that excited about it. It was good but the story or the chemistry felt off. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it! But my girls liked it so I was happy about that." ~Sarah S.

πŸŽ„"Review: You, Me & the Christmas Trees
Family-friendly: Yes
Keeper?: Leaning toward No
Danica and Ben had to wait hours to see if her experiments would help save the trees...and at times I felt as if I was waiting along with them! This movie just seemed to move so slooooowly! I wish Ben Ayres would show more emotion or excitement - I think that is part of the reason why the movie dragged. Still, chemistry between the two leads wasn't totally lacking, and it was nice to see Hallmark kick off their season with a family-friendly movie! But I am hoping that The Winter Palace, Danica's first GAC movie in January, will be better." ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„"I really liked You, Me, and the Christmas trees! I enjoy both Danica McKellar and Benjamin Ayres and I did like them together. The theme of the movie was fresh and different. I also liked the puns and joking throughout the script. It made the whole story more relatable. My family has different tastes in Hallmark movies (no, they aren't all created the same!) but we all enjoyed this one." ~Amanda D.

πŸŽ„"You, Me & The Christmas Trees" – I thought this movie was TREEmendously cute, lighthearted, and yes, family friendly! Sometimes, it was also a bit cheesy, but I loved all the fun puns, too! Danica McKellar and Benjamin Ayres were a joy to watch and their chemistry was excellent. I did think their romance developed rather quickly, but these things usually happen rather fast in Hallmark movies. Since I am from a farm family – I found myself quite interested in the issue with the trees withering and the history of the Connor Christmas Tree Farm. It was also fun to see Danica’s co-star from "The Wonder Years," Jason Hervey, portray her rival in the movie. Overall, a delightful watch! This movie is one that will surely “leaf” you with a smile on your face! (Sorry... I couldn’t resist adding in one more tree pun!)" ~Net

πŸŽ„"YOU, ME, AND THE CHRISTMAS TREES Family friendly. Love the chemistry between Danica and Ben Ayres. I haven't liked some of Danica's recent movies and I actually really like this one. Loved the cheesy puns and the storyline was quite unique. I mean, at least it's not another "real estate developer meets struggling property owner" again and again ;)" ~CH Mom


Boyfriends of Christmas Past - October 23, 2021
Catherine Haena Kim, Raymond Ablack, and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee

πŸŽ„"I think that Boyfriends Christmas Past is terrible. I thought that Boyfriends of Christmas Past is as bad as Nashville Christmas Carol." ~Chris

πŸŽ„"We also started watching Boyfriends of Christmas Past and within 5 minutes I could tell it wasn’t going to be family friendly. We didn’t watch past those minutes because in the opening scene I could see that there was an alternative lifestyle couple. But it didn’t feel like a huge loss because the premise and the commercials didn’t really draw me in anyway. We only started watching it because my oldest daughter was interested but we changed the channel and just found AFV which made up for having to skip it! I could be wrong because it wasn’t explicitly shown but we changed it pretty quick but it did look like they were snuggling. Someone who watched further might find that I was wrong but I didn’t want to take the chances of continuing to watch it with my kids in the room!" ~Sarah S.

πŸŽ„"Boyfriends of Christmas Past content warning - There is a gay couple sprinkled throughout. The movie started out very stilted and they didn't play well off each other but I would like to see the lead actor again." ~Kay

πŸŽ„"So...I watched Boyfriends of Christmas Past yesterday. (and like I said I've never commented here before, but wanted to share now) I really enjoyed both of the leads, they were pretty good together, and the story was a really fun idea! (I'm a big Christmas Carol fan) I wish I could say I will watch this again, but that is sadly not the case. There was a same-sex couple that popped up maybe three times, they played no part in the movie whatsoever, so I dont even know why they had to keep showing this same couple. It felt really forced to have them there. Very sad. Especially since it seemed like they stuck them in this movie to solely say they have another movie with representation. *minor spoiler to plot of movie ahead* Another issue I had with it, about halfway through the movie, Lauren,(the lead) is in the past with one of her boyfriends, and the reason they break up is because the boyfriend asks her to move in with him. Marriage is not talked about or considered one time during this part of the movie. They obviously don't move in together because she breaks up with him so nothing actually happened. But the movie still made her out as being the wrong one because she wasnt ready to take the next step in their relationship. They made it clear that moving in together should come before marriage. At that point I was already upset to see the first red flag, and this didn't make it any better lol It breaks my heart to see the way Hallmark's morals have dropped so low. oh well, all we can do is pray, and hopefully I can help someone else out that has no interest in watching what is becoming more and more the regular hallmark Christmas movie." Sincerely, - A Fellow Brother In Christ -

πŸŽ„"Hallmarks version of Boyfriends of Christmas Past actually didn't look like a Hallmark production at all. It felt more like a production from a Hallmark want to be channel. Too bad it just did not have the same kind of feel to it." ~Paul Li


The Santa Stakeout - October 24, 2021
(Tamera Mowry-Housely, Paul Campbell, and Joe Pantoliano)

πŸŽ„"The Santa Stakeout is so funny. I couldn’t stop laughing πŸ˜‚ in between 2 Police Detectives Tanya Morris & Ryan Anderson s with wildly different approaches to pretty much everything. They’re reluctantly partnered on a case involving a rash of robberies taking place during high-profile holiday parties around town. undercover as newlyweds Tasha & Rupert, moving into the vacant house next to Mr. Francis Miller to crack the case. They become swept up by Christmas, begin to see each other in a new light & start to fall in love. Ryan, Tanya, & Police Officer Talbot dress as elves & bellhop at Christmas committee to eyeing an ornament." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"I watched The Santa Stakeout last night. I absolutely loved Tamera Mowry-Housley and Paul Campbell together, they were hilarious and had great chemistry. I also really liked the story, it was super fun! BUT...Hallmark sadly couldn't resist putting their agenda in their. About forty-five minutes into the movie, Tamera's and Paul's characters are introduced to two men, they are verbally never specified as a couple, but they didn't need to, it was quite clear what they were. They are shown a handful of times in the movie, and like in Boyfriends of Christmas Past, they played no real part in the movie, except to meet their quota for Hallmark! I will admit, unlike Boyfriends of Christmas Past (I think I turned off a little over the hour mark in Boyfriends, whenever the couple was confirmed of my suspicions) I did finish The Santa Stakeout though. I was just enjoying the leads and the story so much. If it wasn't for the gay couple, I think this movie would've been a classic for me, I was loving it so much, but sadly after the agenda came to the party, even though I kept watching, it didn't have its Christmas magic anymore. So, needless to say, I won't be watching this one again, which is too bad because it was ALMOST very good. - A Fellow Brother in Christ -

πŸŽ„"I just watched the Santa Stakeout. It was a cute movie with lots of little funny one liners in it. I did notice two things though. When the lead characters being introduced to the people at a party, they are introduced to two guys who appear to be there together. There is no mention of them being gay, and nothing shown, but I just got the feeling that it is implied in the couple of scenes we see them in. Maybe I'm just super sensitive to these things now...I don't know. I also noticed that there was a focus on a toy that the lead character bought for a family member and it happened to be a rainbow coloured bear. Again, it could be nothing or it could be a subtle message." ~Karen

πŸŽ„"The Santa Stakeout was a good movie. It does have what appears to be a gay couple who show up at gatherings here and there. No real personal displays of affection but it was pretty clear." ~ Anonymous

πŸŽ„"Santa Stakeout. I didn't know if I would like this movie after watching the trailer. But! I was pleasantly surprised. Paul Campbell's projects have really been taking a shine. I thought this movie was clever, creative and it hooked me, right from the start. The leads work well together and so do the minor characters. I think my parents would love it." ~Amanda D.


Christmas in Harmony - October 29, 2021
(Ashleigh Murray, Luke James, Loretta Devine, Michelle Williams, Basil Wallace)

πŸŽ„"I thought that Christmas in Harmony was great it made me feel great with all the music and Church choir. I felt inspirational." ~Chris

πŸŽ„"Friday night I watched Christmas In Harmony and I really enjoyed it, it is my favorite new one so far. I really liked Ashleigh Murray and Luke James together, and Loretta Devine was super great as well! I loved how the movie was set at church, and God is mentioned in a positive way several times throughout the movie. It was REALLY nice to watch a Christmas movie that was a little more Christ centered than the rest. There were of course a few little things that I didn't care for(no need to go into detail, just my personal opinions lol) but it was family friendly!! I don't remember anything on it that would make it not friendly. AND, it was the first one this year that felt like Christmas to me. I probably won't watch this one EVERY year, but I would definitely watch it again!" -A Fellow Brother in Christ-

πŸŽ„"I missed most of Christmas In Harmony, but I saw one part that showed one of the characters being very open about their faith, which you never see much on any Christmas tv movie, let alone Hallmark. So that looked to be family friendly too!" Misty

πŸŽ„"I did watch Christmas in Harmony Friday night, and it was one of the best movies I have watched on Hallmark in a long time (besides any SSD). I really enjoyed Ashleigh Murray and Luke James. It was the most real and down to earth movie Hallmark has made in a long time. Some of the singing scenes with the choir sounded like they were almost green screened for singing, whatever the term is for that. That was really the only part that made me remember this was a Hallmark movie, as in it is shot in 2 weeks and they usually have major plot and story issues cause of it. The storyline was very believable, the family closeness was so wonderful too. It was a family of blood, friends, the church, all together and it had a lot of feel good feels. I love the song Harmony sung in the end, and this movie was really good. It felt so authentic, real and that came across as a very good movie to me." ~Sabrina


Coyote Creek Christmas - October 30, 2021
(Janel Parrish and Ryan Paevey)

πŸŽ„"I turned off Coyote Creek Christmas about 10 minutes in, because the main character and her sister run into another girl on the sidewalk, the sister acts very awkward, and, after parting ways, there's talk about how they should be together, as the sister says she has no time for dating. Clear enough for me to decide I have better things to do with my evening! Hoping "The Christmas Promise" will be good." :-) ~Alicia

πŸŽ„"Coyote Creek Christmas features a same-sex relationship. In case you want to skip or flag it." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"I am so sad to say that Coyote Christmas is NOT a family friendly movie. Very early on they made it clear that a main character was interested in a person of the same sex and then the rest of the movie continued to develop and encourage the relationship until they end up together at the end. Otherwise, I enjoyed the movie. I usually love every movie that Ryan Paevey has been in, but I won't be keeping this one around." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"Coyote Creek Christmas" exposes so many of Hallmark's weaknesses. For example, how is it that Asian and Caucasian parents have a Latina daughter? Adopted? Never addressed. Never resolved. Could this explain this year's exodus of some of the network's major, and most popular stars. Hilarie Burton expressed these "short comings" years ago when she declined to sign on for more than her initial 3 Hallmark movies sighting (years before the network clumsily tried to change) the lack of diversity in its programming. ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"As some have reported Coyote Creek Christmas is not family friendly. I was really bummed out, was really anticipating this one! The first clue was a little confusing, so I continued to watch. But it becomes very clear what's going on. I did finish the movie but will not watch again. This would be a great movie if not for the gay couple. The leads were great, the story line not original at all though. I think the pattern for HM now is not to advertise the same sex couples hoping you will see enough that you will want to see the end, which is exactly what happened to me! It seems they are putting same sex couples in almost every movie now." ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„"I've always been one to read comments on HM FB page & other social after a movie airs. So, I was interested to see what kind of comments Coyote Creek Christmas garnered. The reviews for this movie were more negative than positive. I turned it on but sadly, turned it off less than 20 minutes in despite being a huge Ryan Paevey fan. That is how long it took for the movie to lose its family-friendly, feel-good elements. Last year when HM began to introduce more controversial elements to their storylines in the mix of their holiday movie programming, it was done subtlety. However, they have taken an in your face approach in an effort to prove they are trying to be relevant among the ranks of television programming. I watch holiday movies to escape from the reality of life, not to sit for 2 hours and watch art imitating life. What once was a standout channel, now makes them just like everyone else. This is no disservice to the actors who work hard to bring viewers good acting and stories to watch. However, when viewers are also making negative comments about the actors, this certainly speaks volumes. We have to remember that be it a good or badly scripted movie, this is work for actors. Overall, viewers are losing patience with HM's new direction. The good thing is viewers have options and can decide to watch or not. Many are choosing the latter. So far, not incredibly impressed with HM's offerings this year. Hopefully it improves as the season unfolds." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"Not sure where to post this but presume Net you have now had feedback from viewers of the Coyote Creek Christmas movie from Oct 30 which unfortunately Hallmark is following their plan to infuse many of their movies with the "gay subplot" however subtle, in this one it is the lead lady's sister with the lady musician asked to perform at the last Christmas celebration. I am so sick of this...but just a heads up. Net so appreciate all the work you do to help keep us informed. Look forward to GAC movies we can watch without filter." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"Coyote Creek Christmas: I am a big Ryan Paevey fan but I had a hard time getting into this movie. I didn't find he and Janel Parrish had alot of chemistry. I preferred Janel Parrish in the movie she did earlier this year -- Right in Front of Me." ~Amanda D.


Christmas Sail - October 31, 2021
(Katee Sackhoff, Patrick Sabongui, and Terry O’Quinn)

πŸŽ„"I watched Christmas Sail last night and have no regrets! I enjoyed every bit of it, my favorite one from this year so far! I loved the story, the characters, it was so Christmas-y! It is a new favorite for me!! It was definitely family-friendly!! I plan on watching this one at least one more time before the year is over, I really really enjoyed it. All of the acting was good. I would love to see Katee Sackhoff in more Christmas movies! There is so much I could say about it but i don't want to spoil for anyone so I'll stop here! :) Christmas Sail for me is an instant classic! P.S. Thank you again to the people who reviewed Coyote Creek Christmas, sadly one more I'll scratch off my list, but I truly appreciate knowing before turning it on so I can avoid altogether, thank you!" -A Fellow Brother In Christ-

πŸŽ„"I did catch Christmas Sail, which I really liked. Family friendly with great characters and a more original storyline." ~Savvy Girl


Gingerbread Miracle
- November 5, 2021
(Merritt Patterson and Jon Ecker)

πŸŽ„"I just had to come on here after watching Gingerbread Miracle and say how much I loved it! It was definitely family friendly and as someone who is married to an immigrant from Mexico, it felt extra special. Some of the comments about being first and second generation immigrants and the expectations that are felt were spot on. And while I enjoyed the actor, William Levy, from South Beach Love (he was in one of my favorite telenovelas from years ago), this movie felt much more authentic as well as it feeling like a classic Christmas movie. Most of the movies this year haven't felt as good as years past but this one felt like it! Just had to share how much I enjoyed it!" ~Sarah S.

πŸŽ„"Watched Gingerbread Miracle last night and very pleased to say it is family-friendly!!! It was a super SWEET movie, Merritt Patterson and the lead guy were real good together. There was lots of Christmas and Gingerbread, it made me really hungry :) I'm not a huge Merritt Patterson fan, only a few of hers I watch every year, but this is now one of them!! I enjoyed this movie from beginning to end! Highly recommend!" -Brother in Christ-

πŸŽ„"We watched "Gingerbread Miracle" tonight based on the excellent reviews it received. We loved it and especially enjoyed the focus as the end on the Mexican Christmas tradition of Las Posadas and welcoming Mary and Joseph as they search for a room in Bethlehem. It is a heartwarming story of family, faith, love, Christmas miracles, and amazing Mexican food." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"Review: Gingerbread Miracle
Family-friendly: Yes
Keeper: Yes
I very much enjoyed this movie and how they incorporated immigration into the plot. Merritt Patterson has become one of my favorite "newer" Hallmark movie regulars, and she didn't disappoint in this one. A keeper for me." ~Mark 25


Next Stop, Christmas - November 6, 2021
(Lyndsy Fonseca, Chandler Massey, Lea Thompson, and Christopher Lloyd)

πŸŽ„"Next Stop Christmas was a nice surprise. It is family friendly, thank God. I loved this movie! This is a keeper!" ~kitkat

πŸŽ„"I saw some of Next Stop, Christmas and it started off good, but then just seemed to lose steam at the end. The end was so blah." Misty

πŸŽ„"What a treat to watch Next Stop, Christmas last night. Lea Thompson and Chris Lloyd were perfect for their roles. The movie was family friendly, which can no longer be counted on as the norm for HM. Huge fan of BTTF movies so it was a pleasure to see Thompson and Lloyd together again. The film had a little of the feeling of Polar Express too. Fun film for the entire family." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"Next Stop, Christmas was absolutely perfect! It was family-friendly and it was SO good. No doubt my favorite this year so far. It might even reach my all time favorite list too, it was a lot of fun! All of the characters were amazing and the story was not only fun and comedic, but also very heartwarming. This was one of my most anticipated ones this year, and it did not dissapoint! Will probably watch at least 3 more times before the year is over lol" -brother in Christ-

πŸŽ„"Next Stop, Christmas. LOVED Lyndsy Fonseca, she is so witty, funny, beautiful, and so good. Enjoyed Chandler Massey although i don't know any of his work before. I did see Lyndsy on Y&R back in the day, but haven't watched Days since i was a kid. so I don't know his work, but I really enjoyed him a lot. The movie wasnt bad or good, just ok to me. I liked all the acting, i think i just knew how the movie was going to go, pretty much she rides a train back 10 years and she has to decide if she is happy in her current life or if she maybe missed something. I think her and Ben were cute together, but she hadn't given him a 2nd thought for 10 years, so I didn't believe they were in love. I believed he loved her, but not she loved him. They were childhood friends that grew up together and he had a crush on her, and thats all.
It felt a lot like they were trying to be back to the future, like she had to do something from the 1st party to get her parents to decide to not go down the road of divorce. and the golden ticket, it was missing round trip, like the picture from back to the future kept fading away the kids like they were never born cause george and lorraine never got together. It just felt they were trying to capitalize on the back to the future and Doc and Lorraine, and wrote an ok story.
Takeaways--the acting by all was great. The cast was great. The storyline, ok, and I didn't believe she loved Ben at all." ~Sabrina

πŸŽ„"Next Stop, Christmas was great! Best one so far this year, not that I’ve watched many! Family-friendly and funny! The ending was a bit confusing, but definitely worth the watch!" ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"Next Stop, Christmas: I LOVED this movie. This is a great one -- for a family or dynamic group of people. The leads were amazing. I am not familiar with either of them, and I thought they had great chemistry together and were both enjoyable on their own. I hope to see them both in more Hallmark movies! The train scenes were beautiful. Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson were great additions. And plot wise, the movie had many ups and downs (in a good way) and it wasn't clear how things were going to turn out. We had a lot of laughs -- this one's a keeper." ~Amanda D

πŸŽ„"Review: Next Stop, Christmas Family-friendly: Yes Keeper? Definitely This is my favorite new Christmas movie so far this year. Although, like many time-travel movies, if you look too closely you will find many holes. But that said, I really enjoyed this movie primarily for two reasons: 1) It had some comedy in it. I love it when these movies include some comedic bits (which is why The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is my all-time favorite), and this one had me chuckle many times. 2) Lyndsy Fonseca. I was not familiar with her at all before this movie, but this looked like a role she was born to play! Great timing, and her facial expressions (astonishment, confusion, etc.) were right-on. I hope we see a lot more of her. And then throw in the always-great Christopher Lloyd, and you have a real winner here!" ~Mark 25


A Christmas Treasure - November 7, 2021
(Jordin Sparks and Michael Xavier)

πŸŽ„"I watched A Christmas Treasure last night and happy to say it is family friendly. But...it's not that great of a movie. The best part was Jordin singing Oh Holy Night! Not much chemistry between the leads. Not one I will be watching over and over." ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„"A Christmas Treasure was really good and family friendly." 😊- Grace

πŸŽ„"I'm surprised no one has commented on A Christmas Treasure. They edited the lyrics of "O Holy Night" and left out "when Christ was born." Hallmark is falling apart at the seams and I think I'm going to just collect the older movies on my DVR and be done with them. Previously I didn't mind sifting through bad films to find good ones, but actively deleting God is where I draw the line." ~Anonymous


Open by Christmas - November 12, 2021
(Alison Sweeney, Erica Durance, Brennan Elliott)

πŸŽ„"Open by Christmas not family friendly. Gay engaged couple introduced at party. Alison Sweeney is one of the Executive Producers of this movie. I will not trust her work going forward. A little surprised to see Brennan Elliott involved in a move that is family unfriendly. Disappointing." ~Andy T.

πŸŽ„"Watched Open by Christmas. Not family-friendly, which surprised me with Alison Sweeney and Brennan Elliott. About halfway through, one of the male high school classmates Nikki runs into introduces her to his fiancΓ©, another man. He also talks about his high school crush who was a guy. I turned it off at that point, so not sure if they were shown again or not." ~Jennifer R.

πŸŽ„"So sorry to report that Open By Christmas is not family friendly. About one hour into the movie there is a gay "engaged" couple introduced. I don't know if they are in the movie more than that one time. I stopped watching at that point. The movie is not that good, or at least the hour I watched wasn't. Story was hard to follow and not the best acting I have seen. I had just commented to my husband that "this is a very boring movie" when the "wham" came. So I just turned the channel at that point. So disappointed again. Alison is one of my favorites! Was so hoping we wouldn't see this!!" ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„"Open by Christmas has a gentleman in it whom she thinks may have written the card. She asks him at a party and his fiancΓ© another gentleman enters the scene. Other than that it was a really cute movie. So if same gender attraction is not something you want to see don’t watch, but if it doesn’t bother you the movie is recommended. ~cami

πŸŽ„"Open By Christmas has a gay couple! Beware!" ~kitkat

πŸŽ„"I watched Open By Christmas last night. Once again, Hallmark had to dissapoint. About halfway through the movie, Allison Sweeney's character is talking to a man trying to figure out if he wrote her the Christmas card, about halfway through this conversation, his male fiancΓ© comes into the conversation. It was probably a 2 minute scene. Not much, but enough. I didn't see anything after that so I don't know if anything else happened in the rest of the movie. If anyone did, pretty please let me know who the card was from, I'm still curious, lol I'm sure it was somehow from Brennan Elliott. Still heartbreaking and frustrating that hallmark thinks they need to slip 2 minute scenes into so many movies now, not thinking about if it even effects their story, only caring about the loudest voice in society." -brother in Christ

πŸŽ„"I have not watched "Open by Christmas" but decided to check Facebook and found mention of a gay couple being briefly inserted, just for wokeness, as Sabrina says. Bummer, I was hoping this one would be clean. Hallmark is losing me a little more each week, but, you know what, it's okay! I love that we have this community to help each other seek out the good, clean movies, and my life is great without the misfit movies." ~Alicia

πŸŽ„"I've just started to watch Open by Christmas and was very sad to see the same sex couple in the middle of it. It's a pity, because till that moment it was quite a good movie and I love Alison Sweaney and Brennan Elliot, they're such good actors. I'm so disappointed with Hallmark. They used to make family-friendly and clean movies. And now you're not sure what you will see in the movie, and that's why you're not relaxed and not enjoying this movie in full." ~Oksanka

πŸŽ„"ARG! I thought I'd give HM another chance this rainy Saturday evening and began watching Open by Christmas, with my two faves, Allison Sweeney and Brennan Elliott. I was very much enjoying it, especially the chemistry between Allison's character and that of her best friend played by Erica Dorrance. And then I was smacked in the face with a non-family friendly character. That's when I shut it off and came here. Oh, I could cry. Well, I tried. ~Savvy Girl

πŸŽ„"Open by Christmas" with Allison Sweeney has a gay couple in it for a couple minutes. The gay guy introduces his fiancΓ©. I am so sad! Not family friendly." ~Judy

πŸŽ„"Open By Christmas--I watched this anyway cause I love Allison Sweeney, and i do believe on Days her son is gay, I dont watch Days and haven't for years, but i believe her son Wil was gay so I can see her movie having that tiny bit of woke in it. But this movie was.......................SO BAD!!!!!!!! It was going so well. The best was the secondary story of Erica Durance, who i had never saw before and loved, and her fiance and son and all they did for her, i mean i was thinking this movie was so good, til the end and i dont get it, Brennan Elliot (who seems like a stalker for real) who she didnt even know in high school at all loved her and wrote her a card and she didnt even know who he was???????????????!!!!!??????? Not to mention she lives in NY and had no plans to move back, so did they kiss at the end, and then she went home? I did not see LOVE at all between these 2. The movie was so bad and just a few lines here and there could have fixed it, i mean what director wants to put their name on such a mess of a movie? It was so rushed at the end, i kept expecting her to finally remember him or something. I get that sometimes people like people in high school and they have no idea, but they usually at least knew of the person." ~Sabrina

πŸŽ„"As someone else mentioned, Open by Christmas is a favorite as well, but not for the main characters, but for the secondary storyline. Totally loved the best friend and her fiance and son. They gave me all the feels. Allison Sweeney and Brennan Elliott just felt off." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"Open by Christmas - Allison Sweeney...agree with the other posts. Not family friendly and so sad to see that Allison Sweeney produced this. Is there any other way to communicate with these people (producers of movies or the actors participating) in how disappointing it is to see they are partnering with this very "unfriendly family content".?? And the fact most of these Hallmark movies just have a scene here or there or commentary like a token mention is just sickening..it has nothing to do with story lines etc. I know Hallmark has a Dec 19 movie airing that is totally "gay agenda focus" but all the rest of their movies are just "honorable mentions" of which I use that term loosely there is nothing honorable about defiling what honors the Lord God creator of male and female and heaven and earth. super sad days we live in and how far we have fallen.


My Family Christmas Tree - November 13, 2021
(Aimee Teegarden, Andrew Walker, James Tupper)

πŸŽ„"From what I can tell, "My Christmas Family Tree" is family friendly.

Also, did anyone else notice the fun Tyler Hynes cameo, plus the restaurant that Vanessa and Kris stopped at looked very much like the one in "Roadhouse Romance" ~ Sarah B

πŸŽ„"I noticed the cameo too! Apparently he and Andrew Walker are good friends. I think you’re right. I believe that was the restaurant from Roadhouse Romance. I’m glad to report this movie was family friendly and such an enjoyable one. I will definitely watch this one again. It might be my favorite this year." ~MelissaπŸŽ„
 
πŸŽ„"My Christmas Family is family friendly and I loved this movie! Story is so different from the usual same ole, same ole! You just have to watch it and see the love this family gives to the main character played by Aimee Teagarden. All the actors gave outstanding performances! They even say grace at the dinner table! It's just a top notch movie! And watch for the Tyler cameo! Thought I was seeing things! Lol! This is definitely a keeper!" ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„"My Family Christmas Tree was a sweet movie that departed a little from the usual Hallmark tropes. I love Aimee Teagarden and was refreshed by a family friendly and family-centered movie." ~J.F. Hale

πŸŽ„"Also watched My Christmas Family Tree! Happy to report it is also family friendly!! It did have a TINY bit of older audience content, sort of.(just because the entire plot is based around the father having a daughter with a woman he was never married to). But I think they handled it pretty well, the dad makes mention of being involved in a church pageant, and one thing I really liked, the family said grace before supper. I think that was their subtle way of showing that he has made mistakes, but that was in the past and he has clearly changed since then. Also.....TYLER HYNES!?!?! I had to rewind like 5 times make sure it was him! Lol Once Upon A Christmas Miracle is one of my all time favorites, so I was SO happy to see Aimee again, and she was REALLY good with Andrew. I had high hopes for this one and it didn't dissapoint, it was really sweet and Christmassy. Will definitely watch again! -brother in Christ

P.S. I hope this review and the review for One December Night is enough detail for a parent to decide if child should watch or not, I know it is hard to decide how old a child should be for certain content. If anyone had any other questions on the films, I will do my best to answer." -brother in Christ

πŸŽ„"I will join the people who have good reviews of "My Christmas Family Tree". After a few disappointments with the previous Hallmark movies, this one was definetely worth watching. It was such a heartwarming, touching story (I've had tears in my eyes a few times). It is one of those movies that will be remembered and rewatched many times. I don't remember the last time I've watched Hallmark movies and felt in this way." ~Oksanka

πŸŽ„"A Family Christmas Tree--not bad, but I dont understand, once again a few more lines like the DNA place calling her back to say that was her family. they left it that the DNA place said they got it wrong, which really??? The DNA place is just matching DNA, they don't mess up the names. To DNA your name is like what your favorite color is, it is matching your dna they dont get names wrong. But they took that they were biological cause of a picture he had of her mom that she doesn't even remember cause her mom died at 6? A few more lines, such as her showing them her mom's pic when he showed his pic of her. or the dna place calling back to say sorry again she is the right Vanessa, or even them doing a dna test at the end and they get the results while her and andrew walker are on a date, and the family is at home decorating for valentines day. I didnt believe her and andrew walker liked each other, they just seemed like brother and sister. Things i did like: the family doing lots together, the kids were cute, the mom saying many things like "I dont like the word step, we are all family" and she also said what's her husbands is hers, and that meant Vanessa was hers too, so sweet. The mother was my favorite character. But the movie love story was not good." ~Sabrina

πŸŽ„"MY CHRISTMAS FAMILY TREE Family Friendly (other than potentially discussing the topic of being pregnant before marriage). Oh so sweet! This was a tearjerker for sure. Really like Aimee Teegarden and Andrew Walker, but mostly Aimee. Not a lot of romance storyline between them though, but the family aspect here is the heart of this movie. I love that the family said grace in the movie. I just adore the step-mom character Pauline. Also the incorporation of Polish culture. *****spoiler alert***** Just one concern, and this is just me being nitpicky... I'm just a little puzzled in the end when the DNA company said it was a mix-up, but then it was not? It wasn't too believable to me for the DNA company to screw up 2 times like that. I felt like it was an unnecessary issue to create a climax. Even with this concern, it was still a wonderful movie." ~CH Mom


A Holiday in Harlem - November 14, 2021
(Olivia Washington, Will Adams, Tina Lifford)

πŸŽ„"Holiday in Harlem is family friendly. I usually come here to see if a movie is this way before I watch it, but because I didn't see anything regarding this movie, I thought Id bite the bullet, watch and report to the community. I was a little taken aback by the comment by Brother in Christ that he saw a character in a preview that didn't promote a lifestyle he supported. There is a character in the movie who is a bit "flamboyant" but we need to be careful not to characterize people who come off this way as having a contrary lifestyle." ~Keith

πŸŽ„"A holiday in Harlem was a really fun movie. I really enjoyed Olivia Washington and would like to see her in more hallmark movies. I enjoyed the story of her coming back to the community and trying to carry her mom's legacy. I really wonder if a Nativity Scene with the Drummer boy's drum working really exists." ~Brenny


Nantucket Noel - November 19, 2021
(Trevor Donovan and Sarah Power)

πŸŽ„"Just watched Nantucket Noel and happy to report it is 100% family friendly. One of my favorites so far this year. I love both leads!" ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"I went back on my word and watched Nantucket Noel because of Trevor Donovan. Trevor is a favorite! Thrilled to tell you this movie is family friendly and enjoyable." ~kitkat

πŸŽ„"Like kitkat already said, Nantucket Noel is family-friendly!! I personally didn't really like it, but that's just my opinion. Still enjoyed it for the fact that it was friendly, but probably won't watch again. I really hope someone else enjoys this family Christmas movie though!!" -brother in Christ

πŸŽ„"I tried watching Nantucket Noel, it was just really boring, mostly cause it is the overdone plot of a big business is coming to a town to revitalize and the shop owners are upset. Old, overdone and hard to watch anymore. It was a great cast, but i watched the 1st hour, struggled thru it, and did not feel much chemistry with anyone on the movie to each other. The lady's shop is supposedly so busy but there was like nobody around any of the shops. Boring and old and not a fun subject to suffer thru." ~Sabrina

πŸŽ„"Well, only because of Trevor Donovan, I did watch Nantucket Noel. Thanks to all your posters here for letting us know it was family friendly. That said, the storyline was the usual "I'm going to lose my family business because of the big bad developer." And once again, the main characters won the contest (sorry for any spoiler!). I might be a stickler, but the Nantucket landscape doesn't have green leaves at Christmas time, and I wish HM would pay more attention to details like that. I found it strange to find another boat parade as well (Christmas Sail). I did like Trevor's father portrayal and he does that very well, but I felt he and the female lead lacked chemistry, and that their love blossomed like that in just a few days before Christmas was kind of improbable as well. I have to also say that i did find what the little girl did in the first scene out of character for a HM Christmas movie, but I guess that's the norm for HM now. That said, it was predictable, but Trevor, and the actors who portrayed his father and his father's significant other, saved it for me. Thanks, Net and Happy Thanksgiving week!" ~Savvy Girl

πŸŽ„"I watched Nantucket Noel, A Kindhearted Christmas and Five More Minutes. They were family friendly. I would watch A Kindhearted Christmas and Five More Minutes again. I really like David Hayden-Jones. I had to grab tissues for that last movie." ~Mary


A Christmas Together With You - November 20, 2021
(Harry Lennix, Laura Vandervoort, and Niall Matter)

πŸŽ„"Happy to say A Christmas Together With You is family friendly. It's a little slow getting started, but it gets better as the story unveils. The story line is different too. But still probably not one I would watch over and over." ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„"I watched A Christmas Together With You thanks to good reviews here, thank you everyone! I really enjoyed it! I've never seen Laura Vandervoort before, but her and Niall were very very good together. I do wish they had a little more screen time together, but then Frank's story of finding his lost love would have to be cut short, and i REALLY enjoyed that, especially the way they incorporated the song I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm, love that song! altogether i really enjoyed this Christmas movie!!" -brother in Christ


A Kiss Before Christmas - November 21, 2021
(James Denton and Teri Hatcher)

πŸŽ„" "A Kiss Before Christmas" is family-friendly, and I liked it very much. One of my favorites so far. James Denton and Teri Hatcher were great in their roles and great together. Stories from a male character's point of view seem to be rare on Hallmark, so I enjoyed that aspect of it. I love this type of "It's a Wonderful Life" story, even if it has been done many times before, and this one did not disappoint." ~Amy Lama

πŸŽ„"A Kiss Before Christmas is family friendly, and I really enjoyed this movie. James Denton and Terri Hatcher are good together, plus I loved the story. Another keeper for me. The stories have been told before in both of these movies (including A Kindhearted Christmas), but I never tire of seeing good deeds and life changing things happen. When you leave a movie feeling happiness and joy, it is a good thing. That is how I felt." ~kitkat

πŸŽ„"Kiss Before Christmas was not bad or good, just ok. Kind of what i expected." ~Sabrina


The Nine Kittens of Christmas - November 25, 2021
(Brandon Routh, Kimberley Sustad, and Gregory Harrison)

πŸŽ„"Watching 'The Nine Kittens of Christmas" and near the 40 minute mark a reference is made to a same sex marriage. So far nothing has been shown, but nonetheless I am very disappointed" ~Sarah B

πŸŽ„"The Nine Kittens of Christmas was totally family friendly but in my opinion it was nowhere near as good as the first one(The Nine Lives of Christmas-2014). Maybe worth one watch if you really like the first one, but not good enough for repeat watching." ~Anna

UPDATE: Thanks, I read the other review of the movie and I totally missed the reference Sarah B. mentioned. I thought character said Becket or something like that. I went back and watched the part again and it sounds like she actually said Becca. Sorry for not being more thorough." ~Anna

πŸŽ„"I noticed two different reviews for the Nine Kittens of Christmas...one saying family friendly and one mentioning a same sex relationship comment. I just wanted to let everyone know that there is in fact a quick same sex comment in the movie. The one firefighter says "Becca's wife". I probably would have missed it because it was so fast, except I was specifically looking for it." ~Karen

πŸŽ„"I agree with everybody else, the nine Kittens of Christmas was very disappointing. Like someone else on here said, for all we know they broke up the very next day lol we really like the first one too, we will probably just pretend this one doesn't exist" -brother in Christ


Christmas CEO - November 26, 2021
(Marisol Nichols and Paul Greene)

πŸŽ„"Just wanted to let everyone know "Christmas CEO" is family-friendly. The storyline is certainly nothing new or outstanding, but I enjoyed the movie more than I thought I might. Good for at least a one-time watch. Paul Greene was great, and his character was fun and lovable." ~Amy Lama


An Unexpected Christmas - November 26, 2021
(Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hynes)

πŸŽ„"I’m sad to say that in An Unexpected Christmas, Tyler Hynes’ sister reveals she was married to another female and they are now divorced because she wanted to adopt and her spouse did not. This happened around the 40 minute mark. I stopped watching so not sure if it was referred to again." ~Jennifer R

πŸŽ„"An Unexpected Christmas isn’t keeper for me after reading an article about that movie. Paul Campbell wrote the movie. Hallmark’s formula because it’s more from a man’s perspective and it has a same-sex couple among the co-stars." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"Very disappointed with Unexpected Christmas. So looking forward to it as we really like both of these actors. Watched until the scene with his sister when she reveals her relationship with another woman and the tells Tyler if he won't marry Bethany she will to keep her in the family. At the beginning I thought sure this would be my favorite Christmas movie this year. I hope these actors see the responses on this web site and realize how many fans they and the Hallmark channel are losing." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"Just read that Tyler Hyne's movie features a lesbian couple. It happened when they were wrapping presents. Something about Becca's wife. Very small and completely unneeded. I don't believe we ever met Becca. Just a word of advice, if Paul Campbell is attached, don't watch if you're against that stuff. He's very in to inclusivity. Very disappointing of Tyler. Going to have to be very discerning even with my favorite actors." ~Melissa

πŸŽ„"When I saw that Paul Campbell wrote the movie, I was apprehensive, but I was really enjoying it until the sister mentioned her relationship. I kept praying, please don't say it, but she did. I was so saddened by this. I find it very cruel that HM does this--little jabs in an otherwise what seems family friendly movie. This is absolutely intentional on HM's part. I was so hoping that this would not be the case because the leads are such fan favorites. I gave them the benefit of the doubt, but there's not much more I can do except not watch at all. So sad." ~Savvy Girl

Just a little addendum--I did not turn off the movie, and I did watch until the end, but the sister's storyline totally ruined it for me, and I should have shut it off. I also noticed some other references to the sister's sexuality in the movie, and that's when I knew I can't watch anymore HM unless I know for sure they are family friendly. I am hoping Lacey's new one is and my prayers are with her and her family. God Bless." ~Savvy Girl

πŸŽ„"The thing about Paul Campbell being about inclusivity is it is getting old and I call it woke when it is in every movie he does/writes. I watched An Unexpected Christmas and i didnt realize he was the writer, but i kept watching. I must not have been paying attention and was about to be like what he didnt put a gay couple, but i guess maybe the sister had a partner or girlfriend, i guess. To me, I dont understand why it has to be in every movie. It is UN-SINCERE. I mean is there a gay/lesbian couple in every single family in America? NO. Its just ridiculous and it is not at all sincere. I wish more gay/lesbian would call them out on it. The movie was ok, probably a little better than many of the movies i watched this weekend. Funny to see Andrew Walker making a cameo in the restaurant scene. Will avoid Paul Campbell in the future." ~Sabrina

πŸŽ„"Just saw An Unexpected Christmas with Lenz and Hynes. The sister is a no longer married single mom because her former female partner didn't want to adopt. The same gal was striking up relationship with another woman in the movie a few times thereafter. Paul Campbell was co-writer." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"I'm glad several have already come here to share the news, I meant to comment a couple days ago but I haven't had the time. I watched An Unexpected Christmas the night it aired, I was SO excited for Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hynes, they are in some of my favorites! But I was REALLY let down, obviously having the same sex couple was sad, but the entire movie in general was......Unexpected, and not in a good way. It didn't even feel like a Hallmark movie many times. They tried SO hard to make this a comedy, that some of it came off as weird and almost delusional. SO many parts were just very different. I dont like to be so negative, but this was in no way a family movie. There is drinking on several occasions, there was a LOT of lying in this movie, and some of the lies were not even resolved and made right like we normally see in hallmark. Also, why couldn't Hynes'character just tell his family him and Joy Lenz broke up. His character came off as very cowardly. 2 ENTIRE months he just made stuff up about him and her. It was all very very sad." -brother in Christ

πŸŽ„"UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS Not Family Friendly. I have seen the reviews about it not being family friendly, so I made sure not to watch it with my kids, but I still wanted to watch it because I love both Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hynes, and was looking forward to this. This started out really cute and had a really fun premise. Unfortunately not only was the movie ruined by the clear liberal agenda, I couldn't really feel a lot of chemistry. I don't know. Bethany's acting in the beginning was kind of borderline annoying to me, sadly. Tyler was alright.. I should say maybe a little off than his usual charming self. Personally, it just didn't really make sense why they broke up in the first place... and why they got together again other than still feeling the love/chemistry with each other (but still, the problem of why they broke up was not solved?). Not sure but I didn't pay attention too much to the movie after the unnecessary blatant liberal agenda that was included in the movies repeatedly. " ~CH Mom


Making Spirits Bright - November 27, 2021
(Taylor Cole and Carlo Marks)

πŸŽ„"Been going through my DVR this weekend and I want to say that Time For Them to Come Home for Christmas, Making Spirits Bright and Angel Falls Christmas are all family friendly and that old style feel-good we know and love." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT Family friendly. I really enjoyed it! Lovely chemistry between Taylor and Carlo. The italian carol singing was so cute. The plot did go a little repetitive/slow at times (the childish battle between the dads), but Taylor and Carlo are so cute as a couple and it makes up for it." ~CH Mom


Christmas at Castle Hart - November 27, 2021
(Lacey Chabert and Stuart Townsend)

πŸŽ„"We just watched Christmas at Castle Hart and it is family friendly. There is a little bit of drinking in the pub, as they are in Ireland, but nothing excessive." ~Karen

πŸŽ„"CHRISTMAS AT CASTLE HART Family Friendly. Lacey was solid as always. Chemistry between the two leads was decent. The movie was quite fun to watch and I had many laughs. Really like a lot of the banters and the conversations. I wasn't a big fan of the whole idea which was based on lying though." ~CH Mom


Christmas in Tahoe - November 28, 2021
(Laura Osnes, Kyle Selig, Pat Monahan, and George Lopez)

πŸŽ„"I really enjoyed Christmas in Tahoe, which was 100% family-friendly. I'll admit, I didn't care for the music that much, but the characters (especially the supporting roles) were very like-able and I laughed aloud several times during the movie!" ~Sharon-shutterbug

πŸŽ„"Review: Christmas in Tahoe
Family-friendly: Yes
Keeper: Not for me
While I love Laura Osnes, and she does a fine job in this movie (although I was disappointed that she doesn't sing in it), unfortunately it is not a keeper. The plot is almost a rehash of an earlier movie of hers, In the Key of Love. (In that one, she has a new career after she sang with her ex; in this one, she has a new career after she managed her ex's band.) The plot is just so predictable, and the performances at the festival were rather bad. I'll stick with One Royal Holiday. (And how did they ever get George Lopez to do such a small supporting role??)" ~Mark 25

The Christmas Contest - November 28, 2021
(Candace Cameron Bure, John Brotherton, and Barbara Niven)

πŸŽ„"The Christmas Contest is family friendly but I'm not a fan of this movie. I didn't think I could watch it at first. Story is just missing something. Of course this is just my opinion! Others may love it!" ~Joyce in Carolina


Eight Gifts of Hanukkah - December 3, 2021
(Inbar Lavi and Jake Epstein)

πŸŽ„"Eight Gifts of Hanukkah is family friendly & its lovely movie. It’s a keeper for me. Daniel Meyers is Sara’s best friends & the boy next door. Every night Sara and her family light Hanukkah candles together & have dinner with Daniel Meyers, their semi-orphaned childhood next-door neighbor, who is also renovating Sara’s optometry practice. Sara is intrigued when an anonymous suitor sends her a gift for each night of Hanukkah on the porch. Every night when Sara receives a thoughtful gift from a secret admirer on the porch. When she received only 7 Hanukkah gifts minus 1? Sara could’ve figure it out it’s actually Daniel is her secret admirer. At Matzel Ball, the band plays Sara & Daniel’s favorite song called; “Collide by Howie Day. Daniel asks Sara for dance - For Sara, Night 8; Daniel shows Sara a ring, it’s actually promise ring that belong to Sara’s late Grandma Babbe Rose who she gave it to him & Daniel hopes 1 day he would give a promise ring to Sara when he puts a promise ring on Sara’s finger - Promise rings can be worn on any finger. Popular options are the ring finger or the middle finger of the left hand or the middle or fourth finger on the right hand. Daniel & Sara are meant to be together." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"Really enjoyed The Eight Gifts of Hanukkah. Family friendly and I loved the family dynamic and secret admirer mystery. You could see her falling in love with each gift. Such a sweet story. They were "meant to be." ~Melissa

πŸŽ„"I believe Eight Gifts of Hanukkah is family friendly. I fell asleep once during it by accident :) but I'm pretty positive there was nothing bad in the film. It was just ok to me, I didn't care for how many different men were interested in her at the same time (I think 4?) And she was kind of flirting with several of them at the same time, did not really care for that." -brother in Christ

πŸŽ„"I really liked this movie too. The cast seemed connected. The couple was believable. I remember Jake Epstein in "Mistletoe and Menorah" and liked his acting then. This is one that I'd watch again." ~Mary


A Very Merry Bridesmaid - December 4, 2021
(Emily Osment and Casey Deidrick)

πŸŽ„"Not sure if this has already been mentioned, but A Very Merry Bridesmaid features a same sex married couple. Turned it off after that point so not sure if they were shown again or not." Sarah B

πŸŽ„"A Very Merry Bridesmaid is NOT family friendly, the best friend in the movie is married to a woman, not sure if we see these characters more throughout the film, but around the half hour mark(I think) is when I realized the two women were together" -brother in Christ

πŸŽ„"I watched all of "A Very Merry Bridesmaid." That couple was strategically placed together a few times throughout the movie. The story line was decent but I wouldn't watch it again." ~Mary

πŸŽ„"A Very Merry Bridemaid isn’t family friendly. Lena mentions those ladies that she had crush on her Brother’s best friend, Drew. One of the lady says Drew is the Best Man. Lena says to thoss ladies that they’ve Twins. It’s Lena’s 30th Birthday as the same day as her Brother; Paul’s Wedding Day on Christmas Eve. Lena is Merry Bridemaid because of her Birthday on Christmas Eve." ~Anonymous


Sister Swap: A Hometown Holiday - December 5, 2021
(Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Ashley Williams, Mark Deklin, and Keith D. Robinson)

A Dickens of a Holiday! - December 10, 2021
(Kristoffer Polaha and Brooke D'Orsay)

A Royal Queens Christmas - December 11, 2021
(Megan Park and Julian Morris)

Sister Swap: Christmas in the City
(Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Ashley Williams, Mark Deklin, and Keith D. Robinson)
Not promoting due to content - see *here*.

The Christmas House 2: Deck Those Halls - Not promoting due to content - see *here*.

'Tis the Season to Be Merry - December 19, 2021
(Rachael Leigh Cook, Travis Van Winkle, and Karen Malina White)



🌟HALLMARK MOVIES & MYSTERIES:

Christmas in My Heart - October 23, 2021
(Heather Hemmens, Luke Macfarlane, and Sheryl Lee Ralph)

πŸŽ„"Christmas in My Heart" was my pick of Christmas movie to watch, since I always enjoy Luke Macfarlane and any movies that have a music theme. I'm happy to report it's family friendly. I enjoyed the story a lot. It had some deeper elements to it that I always appreciate about movies on HMM. The little girl was very cute and a good actor. I would watch it again, but it's not going to be a top favorite because I felt like the leads lacked chemistry and their characters needed to have more scenes together. And as much as I like Luke Macfarlane, I'm afraid he's not a singer!" ~Amy Lama

πŸŽ„"Also, I didn't plan on watching another movie this weekend, but after I picked the wrong two to begin with lol I needed something better, and I saw someone here say Christmas in my Heart was friendly! It was so nice not having to keep my guard up while watching, for me it wasn't a classic. What Amy Lama said is really what I thought of the movie too lol but it was clean!! So that alone made for an enjoyable night, even if the movie wasn't beyond amazing, it was still heartwarming and Christmas-y! -A Fellow Brother in Christ-

πŸŽ„"Review: Christmas in My Heart
Family-friendly: Yes
Keeper? No
This was my Christmas movie for yesterday (the 25th). My thoughts: * It was family-friendly, but throughout I kept thinking how Hallmark went extra lengths to have 3 inter-racial couples integral to the movie (Sean and his deceased wife, Beth's father and his recently deceased wife, and then Sean and Beth). Also, more than once someone mentioned how difficult it was/is for people of color to have the opportunities afforded to others. And while I couldn't agree more, this seemed like a major point the writers wanted to hit home. * The story just kind of trudged along. It was hard for me to get wrapped up in it. * There was a definite lack of chemistry between the two leads. I thought Luke Macfarlane did a good job in some other Christmas movies, but here it just didn't seem like his heart was in it. * As mentioned elsewhere, Luke cannot sing, and his facial expressions while he attempts to sing are over-the-top. * And finally, for the record, the bench pictures on the poster are nowhere in the movie. Not a keeper for me." ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„"I tried to watch Christmas in My Heart, I even tried to get past Luke's very bad country accent. I have to say Heather Hemmens is beautiful. She has such a pretty smile and I could watch her over and over, just not this movie. The child actress, i guess I am hard on the child actors/actresses sometimes, but this was not good. I will stop there. I changed the channel when someone brought over the Hanukkah gifts, I mean this movie couldn't be more woke." ~Sabrina


The Christmas Promise - October 30, 2021
(Torrey DeVitto, Dylan Bruce, and Patrick Duffy)

"The Christmas Promise was very sweet, I always enjoy Torrey DiVitto and she was good with Dylan Bruce. I really liked the story, it was definitely more dramatic. It was family-friendly to the best of my knowledge. Without giving any spoilers away, I will say I think it could've been better, i feel like parts of the story weren't quite complete, I might be the only one that thinks this lol especially the storyline of Nicole's dad, it never felt resolved, like I said, it might just be me lol but it was friendly and Christmas-y, my favorite parts was the big Christmas tree in the field and the beautiful house!" -A Fellow Brother In Christ-

πŸŽ„"Both Much Ado About Christmas and The Christmas Promise were wonderful! It is hard to believe we had two great movies on in the same night. These will stay on my DVR indefinitely. I will say, for me, The Christmas Promise is the better of the two. Though it is Hallmark, it is family friendly. Loved the JOY sign! ------ In my previous comment, perhaps I did not word it correctly. I loved those two movies equally well. If I were forced to choose, it would be The Christmas Promise first and Much Ado About Christmas second. Can't wait to watch them both again." ~kitkat

πŸŽ„"The Christmas Promise
Family-friendly: Yes
Keeper? Yes
A rather serious topic - the death of a fiancΓ© - is handled well but in an entertaining way. The always-enjoyable (to me, anyway) Torrey DeVitto does a good job in portraying someone who is in conflict, grieving over the loss of her loved one while falling for a new guy. And Patrick Duffy (from Dallas fame - cue the theme music!) is always good in his supporting roles. A keeper for me!" ~Mark 25

πŸŽ„"I loved the Christmas Promise. It's a tear jerker for sure but had so many life lessons in the story of dealing with grief and healing. All the actors did a great job in their roles It's a keeper!" ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„"THE CHRISTMAS PROMISE Family Friendly *i think*. It was vague, but I was under the impression that the two guys in the friend group (Allan & Teddy) were a couple, although it was NOT mentioned or talked about, I believe. The scene when they were washing the dishes together sort of made me think that way, and also that the other people in the friend groups all clearly have their spouses (Susan and Tom, Gail and Teddy). Seems like they want to imply it but not be so blatant about it. I might be wrong since it's been a while since i've watched it, so someone please correct me. Anyway, aside from that, this was very sweet. I loved seeing Torrey DeVitto again in Hallmark. I like the way they brought up topics of grieving and how the people around her tried to support her in different ways. How she also didn't want to get in the house that was being renovated. Love the natural connection and the build up between the two leads which didn't feel forced." ~CH Mom


Debbie Macomber’s A Mrs. Miracle Christmas - November 6, 2021
(Kaitlin Doubleday, Steve Lund, and Caroline Rhea)

πŸŽ„"Sad to say that A Mrs. Miracle Christmas has a same sex couple near the end. You do not see this coming! I was so into this movie, and wham...there it is!! It's subtle. A child watching would probably not even recognize what this was. The story is intense and funny. Paula Shaw stole the show! Rhea was good, but she's not Doris Roberts." ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„"I watched A Mrs. Miracle Christmas early this morning, and much to my disappointment this movie is not family friendly as it does include a same sex couple. Unfortunately, yet another movie ruined by the counter culture agenda
~ Sarah B.

πŸŽ„"How could Hallmark add a lesbian couple at the door of a church? This is a new low for Hallmark. I watched Mrs. Miracle Christmas and it was a beautiful story, and all the actors were great, but Hallmark had to snub all Christians and our Lord. This will not end well for Hallmark." ~kitkat

πŸŽ„"I'm seeing it has already been shared, I should've just waited to see reviews, I knew I was going to love this one, so it broke my heart that A Mrs. Miracle Christmas was not friendly, it was the last one I was expecting to do this. The movie was AMAZING up until the end, the main characters were very talented and the story was so sweet and different than what we are used to. And than in THE LAST 3 MINUTES OF THE MOVIE, their plan worked, you've watched the entire movie already so you can't not support it now, so they throw in their agenda for ABSOLUTELY no reason at all. So sad, especially because it was very, very, very, very good until then." ~brother in Christ


One December Night - November 13, 2021
(Peter Gallagher, Bruce Campbell, Eloise Mumford and Brett Dalton)

πŸŽ„"One December Night" is family-friendly, though it does deal with a couple heavy topics (alcoholism and Alzheimer's) that might be too much for the very young.

For me, the movie fell a little flat. I couldn't quite put my finger on why. I don't know if it was the script or the acting or the chemistry or what.

There were moments I did enjoy, and I loved the songs the duo sang at the end. I would love for them to release them as singles. In case anyone else wonders, like I did, the first song they sing, "Coming Home," was released a few years ago, sung by Maggie McClure." ~Amy Lama

πŸŽ„"One December Night is family friendly and touches on some real life issues. As someone else has said might not be good viewing to small children. It's a little slow at first but the last hour of the movie is great. It's a heart warming story over all!" ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„"One December Night, I LOVED. It is family friendly though definitely not light and fluffy. There are some hard topics but they were handled well and, by the end, it turned out to be downright heartwarming. After several disappointments from Hallmark already this season, I was just glad to find a couple genuinely good movies that my family and I could enjoy." J.F. Hale

πŸŽ„"Started with One December Night. I REALLY enjoyed this one. As others noted it does definitely have some older topics(Eloise's dad being a former alcoholic), but I think anyone who has even a basic grasp of what that is will be fine watching it. because he did overcome this addiction, so all content involving alcoholism is just talk about the past, he is never actually drunk in the film. Otherwise family friendly!!! I REALLY liked Eloise and Brett together, all of their Christmas films are amazing! I enjoyed both of the dads, and the entire story was just very festive and heartwarming. Loved the music too. Will definitely watch again. No question it is my favorite on Hallmark Movies and Mysteries this year so far." -brother in Christ


Five More Minutes - November 20, 2021
(Nikki DeLoach and David Haydn-Jones)

πŸŽ„"Oh my goodness! Not only is Five More Minutes family friendly it is soooo good! It's got a little mystery, lots of family love and honors our military too! This one is a keeper! Warning...have tissues close by!! Thank you Net and all who come here to write reviews for these movies! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!" ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„"Five More Minutes" is also family-friendly, but I'm not sure what to make of the story. I'm still trying to decide if I liked it or not. On one hand, there were some touching things about the story, and I like David Haydn-Jones. On the other hand, there wasn't enough of David Haydn-Jones' character, and I found an aspect of the story (I'm trying not to spoil anything) a little too unbelievable or odd for me, even though I usually love stories that have a fantastical element to them. I also saw the "twist" coming from the beginning, so it wasn't a big surprise." ~Amy Lama

πŸŽ„"Just finished watching Hallmark Five More Minutes. It reminded me of the old Hallmark Christmas movies. Great movie, Great family theme. I was putting off watching this movie because Hallmark disappointed me so much this year." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"I watched Five More Minutes this evening, no regrets!! It is family friendly and amazing!!! My personal opinion, the best one on movies and mysteries so far this year, and it might remain the best for the rest of the year too! One thing that surprised me in a very good way is it had a bit of a military theme which we haven't really seen this year like we used to, so that was wonderful!! I don't want to give anything away so I won't say anything else, but it is definitely a new favorite for me!!! It is a VERY special Christmas movie!!" -brother in Christ

πŸŽ„"I watched Nantucket Noel, A Kindhearted Christmas and Five More Minutes. They were family friendly. I would watch A Kindhearted Christmas and Five More Minutes again. I really like David Hayden-Jones. I had to grab tissues for that last movie." ~Mary

πŸŽ„"I just want to share my impressions of Five More Minutes. It was was such a wonderful and touching story. One of the best. Watching it was such a joyful experience for me, I felt so warm and happy. I like Nikky Deloach, she was just amazing in this movie, her emotions were real. And thank Scotty Mccreery for such a wonderful song, which was the inspiration for this movie. It is indeed a very beautiful song. This movie will become a Hallmark classic, for sure." ~Oksanka


πŸŽ„"Watched 5 More Minutes last night. Very family friendly. Dealing with loss at this time of year touches all of us in different ways. I think an earlier comment mentions a fantasy element that was used in a good way I thought. In some ways it reminded me of 2002s A Christmas Visitor with William DeVane and the 2004s Angel in the Family with Meredith Baxter and Ronny cox. (I think these were the titles). They also had elements of wanting more time to get closure that used supernatural means." JoCo


Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas - November 27, 2021
(Jessy Schram and Brendan Penny)

πŸŽ„"Time for them to come home for Christmas is family friendly and in my opinion one of the better movies so far. Glad to finally be able watch one all the way through." Sarah B

πŸŽ„"Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas" is a beautiful and emotional story with a great theme of family and forgiveness (and completely family-friendly). There's a fun cameo from 2019's "Time for You to Come Home for Christmas" too! I definitely recommend." ~Amy Lama

πŸŽ„"Happy to say that Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas is family friendly. Overall it was a good movie but not the best in this series in my opinion. Chemistry is good between the leads. Certainly worth watching more than once!" ~Joyce in Carolina

πŸŽ„"Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas--This has been the best movie all season on either channel, probably best all year and in past years. i adore Jessie Schram and she is just so good with Brendon Penny. A really wonderful, family friendly (and I was worried cause this was Blake Shelton who i have been on the fence about for a while now, but he did not disappoint). I loved the mystery thru the whole movie. Loved all the places they stopped, loved the hard to think of subjects in this movie, things that are hard for everyone to deal with and this was such a great movie. Loved the Allison Sweeney in the movie and a tidbit on her family from Time for You to come home." ~Sabrina

πŸŽ„"Time For Them To Come Home For Christmas" is family-friendly! I enjoyed it, even if it's not one I'll watch over and over. Grief and loss are dealt with, leading me more to sweet, quiet personal reflection than Christmas cheeriness. There's a surprising cameo--I won't ruin it." :-) ~Alicia
πŸŽ„"I watched Time For Them To Come Home For Christmas!! It is family friendly and amazing!!!! Jessy Schran and Brendan Penny were perfect together! Quite possibly my favorite one this year, not sure if anything else will top it, but hopefully I will be surprised :) Even though hallmark has sadly dissapointed several times this year, i am so thankful that I have found many this year that are sweet, fun Christmas movies!" -brother in Christ

πŸŽ„"Been going through my DVR this weekend and I want to say that Time For Them to Come Home for Christmas, Making Spirits Bright and Angel Falls Christmas are all family friendly and that old style feel-good we know and love." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas is family friendly. (Review may contain SPOILERS) Rebecca’s monogram is RB on her luggage. Her Brother in Law named Mark wants to come to Charleston Christmas Tree Trimming Lighting with his Family; Rebecca’s Sister; Annie & her Niece; Ava. Rebecca orders cherry pie & coffee at the cafe. She lost her memories since the car lost control in the middle of the night. She ends up at the Hospital & she doesn’t know her name & goes the name Jane as in Jane Doe. The dog is lost as Jane & Paul follow the dog its owner: Katherine, Jack, & Will. Alison Sweeney made a cameo as Katherine from Time for You to Come Home for Christmas is in the movie & Katherine married to Jack & bring 3 Hot Chocolate with Whipped Cream. Katherine hands a gift box of Winter Cookies. Jane regains her memories that she’s Rebecca. The lady hands a gift bag of Journal with North Star. Mark calls out Rebecca when Rebecca regains her memories when Annie is her Sister. Rebecca & Annie could make up for now. Rebecca asks Paul to join her for Christmas party at her Sister’s place." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"I absolutely loved Time for Them to Come Home for Christmas. I watched because of everyone here saying it was family friendly and thanks so much for that! Jesse and Brennan had great chemistry, the storyline had complex family issues, and there is an absolutely lovely scene in a church with a choir. I did not care for last year's version with Lacey Chabert and Stephen Husar (spelling?) and I have yet to see the other two, but I will be on the look out for them now. Merry Christmas!" ~Savvy Girl

πŸŽ„"I also just couldn't get into last years Time for Us with Lacey and SH. I tried a few times but I just couldn't get into it. I saw the 1st 2 movies, the 1st was really good, not a re-watcher for me though. the 2nd one was very boring to me, love Ali Sweeney, but it was blah boring. But Time for Them, it had mystery, i was waiting and waiting to see when she would remember, and the little clues along the way, to me, weren't so over the top hit you in the face. I kind of figured she might have been a writer. But all the rest I was surprised and was so happy that Mark was not a love she was running from. This is just my opinion and not anything to be mean, but Jessy Schram was perfect in this role cause she is someone that can wear very little make-up and she is just so beautiful. and she is apparently not afraid to be filmed in less make-up, like many other actresses that go to bed in full on false eyelashes and lipstick and wake up with the make up perfect. It made it so much more real to me that Jessy looked so natural and like someone in the hospital and that was dealing with a trauma. So just an aside there that other movie makers and actors and actresses could learn from. Since we have so much inclusivity nowadays, maybe we could have some inclusivity of people who dont sleep in mascara, false lashes and their hair done. I loved the mystery and the different people along the way. Really would watch a follow up movie with Jessy/Brendan and his cousin his wife and family. And, I just the other day, realized that the message he listened to in the beginning, was his brother before he passed. it all of a sudden hit me the other day, and i had some tears in my eyes. I think I thought of it again cause the brothers voice on the vm was Peter Benson's (the director) voice. when I first watched I was like, is Peter Benson in the movie too? I didnt even realize til a few days ago he was his brother. Fantastic movie!!!!!!" ~Sabrina


Our Christmas Journey - December 4, 2021
(Holly Robinson Peete, Lyriq Bent, and Nik Sanchez)

πŸŽ„"Our Christmas Journey is family friendly & uplifting movie. Lena & her family cross country to Hope Hills Academy Guesthouse whose owns by Amanda’s family: her Son; Henry & Daughter; Morgan. Lucy the dog is so cute. The dog ratted Lena out by seeing her autistic teenager Son; Marcus. Lena got bust by a lady works for covert program & thanks a lot Lucy when the dog whimpers. Maya & Amanda’s Son named Henry look so cute together. Morgan helps Marcus to relax & gotta be okay. They’re on stage for Christmas pageant. Lena & her ex-Husband; Rick Wilson are back together to make their children happy. Hilda Martin made her first debut role as Maya Wilson loves her 18th years old Brother; Marcus." ~Anonymous


A Godwink Christmas: Miracle of Love - December 11, 2021
(Katherine Barrell and Alberto Frezza)

Christmas For Keeps - December 18, 2021
(Christa B. Allen, Ryan Rottman, Ashley Newbrough, Marielle Scott)



🌟HALLMARK MOVIES NOW:
(Hallmark's streaming service)


Every Time A Bell Rings

πŸŽ„"Warning to all who might want to watch “Every Time A Bell Rings” when it airs on Hallmark Movies Now… there is a same-sex storyline and it is a prominent one as it includes one of the three sisters that they story revolves around. We live near Natchez, Mississippi, where it was filmed and tonight they had a special showing of it just for the locals. I love Wes Brown and was so looking forward to this, especially since I would be seeing sights that I’m so familiar with but I’m just so disappointed. I can’t believe this is even something we’re having to deal with on Hallmark. I’m just heartsick." ~Rebecca

πŸŽ„"I just saw an advertisement on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries this morning that is advertising "Every Time a Bell Rings" on December 6th. My forewarning is - DON'T WATCH! Hallmark has now done it again....at the end they show the lesbian kiss...I could see it coming and zipped past but it just ruined the whole film for me. It was early in the show that it was going to be LGBTQ but wanted to see how far they would go! I am so disappointed with Hallmark, just don't know why they keep this up. Anyway, you might want to forewarn the It's A Wonderful Christmas community!" ~Janet

πŸŽ„"Every time a Bell Rings is not family friendly. As the sisters are catching up around the dinner table it is reeled the the youngest sister Nora is dealing with a breakup with someone named Vanessa. Yet another movie ruined by Hallmark counter culture agenda." Sarah B

πŸŽ„"I think that Every Time a Bell Rings is not family friendly one of the three sisters is a lesbian I don't know which one." ~Chris



🌟UPtv:

(*A few of these movies premiered last year on ION. They are listed below as an *UPtv CABLE PREMIERE.)

A Royal Christmas Engagement - November 6, 2021
(*UPtv CABLE PREMIERE)
(Paige Bach, James Nitti, John Schneider)

πŸŽ„"A Royal Christmas Engagement. Not a keeper. I couldn't even make it halfway through. That's partly just my personal taste because I don't think there are many movies that can pull off the royal-prince-goes-undercover thing. However, I absolutely loved Hallmark's version of a "royal" movie, One Royal Holiday, and will buy the dvd when it becomes available. But this particular ION movie was just not my cup of tea, I felt it was just lacking in several areas. For "royal" movie fans, it might be worth a watch(??), but not for me. The little bit I saw was family friendly." ~~Jane

πŸŽ„"I must say - this movie didn't hold my interest very well. It was great to see John Schneider (from "Dukes of Hazzard"), but his role, unfortunately, was very small. I also recall the movie being family friendly." ~Net


Christmas With A Prince: The Royal Baby - November 7, 2021
(Kaitlyn Leeb and Nick Hounslow)

πŸŽ„"Christmas with a Prince: The Royal Baby review: This movie is family-friendly, light-hearted and somewhat silly and cheesy, at times, but cute, too. If you enjoyed the first 2 movies in this series, then you'll want to see the arrival of the royal heir - which comes with some surprises and a bit of royal family drama." ~Net

πŸŽ„"I was able to watch the Royal Baby movie on YouTube. Had a girl night with my younger sisters. You were right, it might have been a little cheesy, but it was sweet and the children in it were adorable. And it was fully clean, what a blessing!😊 Thanks and God Bless❤" ~Abigail


A Snowy Christmas - November 13, 2021
(Elysia Rotaru and Damon Runyan)

πŸŽ„"A Snowy Christmas – The premise for this movie is a little silly, but it wasn’t overly outlandish. Two adult sisters build a snowman and the single sister, Kelly (played by actress, Elysia Rotaru, from “It Was Always You”), pretends she is building the perfect man and says all the qualities she desires in the man of her dreams. Then, a man, whose names is Forrest (played by Damon Runyan, “One Starry Christmas” and “Christmas Festival of Ice”), appears rather suddenly – and he is dressed just like the snowman and has all the qualities Kelly is seeking. Is he real or just Christmas magic? This family-friendly story is cute and a little quirky; however, there is a heartfelt story about Kelly’s (deceased) father that touched my heart. Plus, the mother, (played by Mary Long from “Christmas Next Door” and “A Veteran’s Christmas”) obviously misses her husband, but chooses to be happy and enjoy life’s present moments with her family. Her attitude was very inspiring, especially for those who are missing loved ones during the holidays." ~Net


Snowed in for Christmas - November 14, 2021
(Kayla Wallace and Jeremy Guilbaut)

πŸŽ„"Snowed in for Christmas was very family friendly and fun. My kids now want special Christmas pancakes with bacon." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"I did watch Snowed in for Christmas from last week. And while this plot is done a lot, the someone getting stuck somewhere cause of weather, this one was cute, loved the cast and their connections with each other, it was very family friendly, and gave me all kinds of warm feelings. Kayla Wallace is a gem, and it was a little different in that the parents she au paired for got stuck where they were. And she didn't want to leave the kids with Uncle Ethan who barely sees them cause he is so busy working all the time. It was a great movie of spending more time with family, and i just loved all the stuff they did on their lists to prepare for christmas. Only thing i didnt love, i mean you are a business man, you won the business it seemed, or at least run it, and out pops in the middle of the movie that he always wanted to be an artist. And ********Spoiler******* He moves to NY to supposedly work in the NY office and pursue art. Is art really a career that you dont do for like 15 years or so, and then just pick back up? as a career?? thats all I wonder. That plot has been in many of these kinds of movies and I just don't believe in this case, the business man he was that he had any time at all to even pick up a paint brush. I dont know. But the movie was really wonderful." ~Sabrina


Mistletoe & Molly - November 20, 2021
(Eden Broda and Zach Smadu)

πŸŽ„"Mistletoe & Molly – This movie was not a keeper for me, personally. The story seemed to drag along. Molly and her best friend, Cameron, work at a coffee shop together. Cameron is a little eccentric and the phrase Oh My G--was used 2 or 3 times unnecessarily. Sometimes, it felt more PG, than G. One of the regular customers at the coffee shop is Aiden Ford, who makes a career, as he says, at fixing people. Molly is working her way up in the business world and doesn’t want help from her rich father or from Aiden. The best scene is when Molly meets Aiden’s nephew, who is deaf. Molly asks how to sign back to him, which was a sweet moment. Overall, the movie didn’t feel overly Christmassy, except Molly asked Aiden to help her string popcorn and a moment of caution: the two fall asleep in each other’s arms on her couch. Nothing else happens, but it was a bit too intimate for two single people for my taste. UPtv has some cute Christmas movies, but this is not one I would watch again." ~Net


Christmas on 5th Avenue - November 21, 2021
(Kathryn Davis, Olivier Renaud, Kate Vernon)

πŸŽ„"Last night I watched Christmas on 5th Avenue. Based on reviews elsewhere I thought I wouldn't like it, but it ended up being cute. I had read that the lead actor was cold and rude, but I thought he played his character quite accurately (he was still lonely and grieving over the death of his wife three years ago and had become a bit of a recluse). Family friendly. But be aware that lead actress is hired by his mother to temporarily move into his large penthouse apartment for a couple of weeks and decorate and cook to fill up his freezer in the hopes that he'll come home for Christmas - she sublets her apartment and has nowhere to go when he ends up actually being home the whole time "unbeknownst" to his mother - so they both stay in the apartment - but it's handled tastefully and there are no cringe moments or anything intimate happening. This movie doesn't hold a candle to the old classic, "It Happened on Fifth Avenue", but it was fun for a one-time viewing." ~~Jane


Christmas Beneath the Stars - December 4, 2021
(Vanessa Smythe and Steve Belford)

A Furry Little Christmas - December 5, 2021
(Kristi McKamie and Jonathan Stoddard)

Christmas in the Rockies - December 11, 2021
(Kimberly Sue Murray and Stephen Huszar)

Fixing Up Christmas - December 12, 2021
(Natalie Dreyfuss and Marshal Williams)

Christmas Together - December 19, 2021 (*UPtv CABLE PREMIERE)
(Vivica A Fox, Anna Marie Dobbins, Marc Herrman)



🌟LIFETIME:

An Ice Wine Christmas - November 12, 2021
(Rosalyn Sanchez and Lyriq Bent)

πŸŽ„"I had "An Ice Wine Christmas" on last night while I was in and out, doing things. It's obvious casting was done by the woke brigade, lol, but the movie surprised me by being well-done, and, from everything I saw, it's family-friendly. I'd never seen the leading man, and I found his performance to be strong and enjoyable. The leading lady seemed more free to be a complete character than in another movie she's done. Overall, it pulled me in even though I was busy! I'm not sure how to put it into words, but Lifetime can sometimes get a very natural interaction with teasing and "realness" that I like, less staged and "perfect" feeling than Hallmark." ~Alicia

πŸŽ„"I also watched Christmas Wine and it was pretty good. I am not a fan of wine, so I really can never get into wine movies. It could have been any other time of the year movie with the storyline. The acting was pretty good, but I just wasn't that much into the movie." ~Misty


A Picture Perfect Holiday - November 13, 2021
(Tatyana Ali, Henderson Wade and Dina Meyer)

πŸŽ„"A picture perfect Christmas is not family friendly. They help to ladies get engaged and the same gender couple is in a good portion of the movie." ~Anonymous


Dancing Through the Snow - November 19, 2021
(AnnaLynne McCord and Colin Lawrence)

πŸŽ„"Dancing Through The Snow was a really good movie for Lifetime. The only thing some may be uncomfortable with is that their first kiss was a little more passionate than what we're used to on Hallmark. But it still wasn't inappropriate. The storyline was extremely sweet and handled well." ~Grace


You Make It Feel Like Christmas - November 20, 2021
(Mary Antonini, Michael Xavier, Stephanie Sy and Alex Poch-Goldin)

πŸŽ„"You Make Me Feel Like Christmas has female same gender attraction" ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"You Make It Feel Like Christmas is not family friendly! There is a same sex couple that is one of the main couples in the movie." ~Anonymous


Baking Spirits Bright - November 21, 2021
(Rekha Sharma, Dion Johnstone, Aadila Dosani, Praneet Akilla, Manoj Sood and Nimet Kanji)

πŸŽ„"Baking Spirits Bright has male same gender attraction." ~Anonymous


Reba McEntire's Christmas in Tune November 26, 2021
(Reba McEntire and John Schneider)

πŸŽ„"I LOVED "Reba McEntire's Christmas in Tune"! Full of humor and heart and all the Christmas feels! If you like country music, that's reason enough to watch it. I REALLY hope they make the music available to buy. Family-friendly as far as I remember (though I wasn't watching it with kids in mind)." ~Amy Lama

πŸŽ„"I loved Reba’s Christmas in Tune too! The music was great and Reba and John Schneider were good together. And the whole movie revolved around the military, as the Christmas charity show they headlined was for the army. Definitely family-friendly." ~Jennifer R.


Merry Liddle Christmas Baby - November 27, 2021
(Kelly Rowland, Thomas Cadrot, Bresha Webb, Latonya Williams, Jaime M. Callica and Nathan Witte)



Miracle in Motor City - November 28, 2021
(Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Mark Taylor and Smokey Robinson)

πŸŽ„"This is my first movie review here, but I have been reading your reviews and comments all fall and enjoy your blog so much. I watched Miracle in Motor City and it is totally family friendly. There is so much to enjoy about this movie and it will be a keeper for me. The story is sweet and warm, Tia Mowry and Mark Taylor have good chemistry, and the little girl is lovely. But what really makes the movie special is their open expression of faith and love. They quote the Bible, tell the story of the Nativity, and show Christian faith and love in action. Every character is memorable, even those we meet for only a few minutes. There is lots of good music and you get a little tour of Motown history. And Smokey Robinson adds a special surprise as well, but I will stop there to avoid any spoilers. This is my favorite movie so far this season. After being disappointed by the content of several movies this season, this was a lovely surprise. Meanwhile, thanks for your blog and to all of the people who leave reviews." ~Deborah

πŸŽ„"Miracle in Motor City" is a beautiful movie, full of heart, a touch of dry humor, and, most surprisingly, our Lord and Savior! 100% family-friendly, it's one of Lifetime's unexpected winners. Definitely a keeper. I'm sure I've heard Smokey Robinson's music, yet until now have not known him by name--now I'll never forget him and the faith, wisdom, and joy he shared through making this movie." ~Alicia

πŸŽ„"I finally watched Miracle In The Motor City and loved it! I wish it did better in the ratings. It is my favorite movie this year. Great chemistry, writing and a theme of Christmas at it's best." ~Misty


Welcome to the Christmas Family Reunion - November 29, 2021
(Michelle Argyris, Alonzo B. Slater and Asia'h Epperson)

Saying Yes to Christmas - November 30, 2021
(Erika Prevost and Romaine Waite)

πŸŽ„"Well, yet again I had to turn the station. Lifetime's Saying Yes to Christmas had a scene 30 minutes in with a psychic and a mention of something about exorcism. I couldn't turn it fast enough. I was having a hard time getting into it in the first place. Just wanted to share to let others know. Merry Christmas Net and thank you for being a family friendly place to visit!" ~Beth


Match Made in Mistletoe - December 1, 2021
(Natalie Lisinska and Damon Runyan)

πŸŽ„"Just watched Match Made in Mistletoe. Par for the course, Lifetime throws in a Same sex couple at the end for no good reason. Totally messes up an otherwise decent, if not outstanding movie. Viewer be aware." ~JoCo


A Christmas Village Romance - December 2, 2021
(Jake Epstein, Jeni Ross and Oliver Renaud)

πŸŽ„"A Christmas Village Romance" is family-friendly and pretty cute. Its budget wasn't huge and they shouldn't have bothered with throwing in the snow at the end, but the creative storyline and period costumes made me smile!" :-) ~Alicia


A Christmas Dance Reunion - December 3, 2021
(Monique Coleman, Corbin Bleu and Kim Roberts)

πŸŽ„"A Christmas Dance Reunion" is not family-friendly. It features a gay kiss during the dance performance at the end. I didn't watch the movie to know how prevalent the storyline is, but I googled for content hints and then verified by finding the moment in the movie. ~Alicia


Kirk Franklin's A Gospel Christmas - December 4, 2021
(Demetria McKinney, Chaz Lamar Shepherd and Kirk Franklin)

My Favorite Christmas Melody - December 5, 2021
(MΓ½a & Rainbow Sun Francks)

Secretly Santa - December 6, 2021
(Alicia Dea Josipovoc and Travis Nelson)

Christmas Movie Magic - December 7, 2021
(Holly Deveaux and Drew Seeley)

Christmas with a Crown - December 8, 2021
(Marcus Rosner and Lisa Durupt)

A FiancΓ© for Christmas - December 9, 2021
(Marie Osmond, Amanda Peyton and Adam Gregory)

Holiday in Santa Fe - December 10, 2021
(Mario Lopez and Emeraude Toubia, Aimee Garcia and Gia Lopez (Mario's 11-year-old daughter!)

The Holiday Fix Up - December 11, 2021
(Jana Kramer, Ryan McPartlin and Maria Menounos)

PEOPLE Presents: Blending Christmas - December 12, 2021
(Haylie Duff, Aaron O'Connell, Beth Broderick, Christopher Knight, Greg Evigan, Mike Lookinland, Barry Williams, Susan Olsen, Robbie Rist, Telma Hopkins and Jennifer Elise Cox.)

Maps and Mistletoe - December 13, 2021
(Humberly GonzΓ‘lez and Ronnie Row)

Ghosts of Christmas Past - December 14, 2021
(Annie Clark and Dan Jeannotte)

The Enchanted Christmas Cake - December 15, 2021
(Erica Durance and Robin Dunne)

Christmas by Chance - December 16, 2021
(Winny Clarke and Jacob Blair)

Mistletoe in Montana - December 17, 2021
(Melissa Joan Hart, Duane Henry and Jamey Sheridan)

Toying with the Holidays - December 18, 2021
(Chad Michael Murray and Cindy Busby)

Under the Christmas Tree - December 19, 2021
(Not promoting due to content - see *here*.)

Candy Cane Candidate - December 20, 2021
(Jacky Lai and Jake Epstein)

The Christmas Ball - December 21, 2021
(Deidre Mullins, Nick Hendrix and Caroline Langrishe)

It Takes a Christmas Village - December 22, 2021
(Brooke Nevin, Corey Sevier and Alli Chung)

πŸŽ„"It Takes A Christmas Village Won't say too much detail about this as most will not have seen it yet. There's nothing in the movie which we haven't seen before so it really mostly depends on the lead actors as to whether it works or not. In the event Brooke Nevin and Corey Sevier made an excellent pairing with great chemistry - the first 30 minutes or so were pretty amusing and although it took place at Christmas there wasn't an overabundance of the usual scenarios which was pleasing. One very pleasant aspect which is becoming rarer these days is that you can see actually see Aleaxandra and Darcy fall in love as the movie progresses. The good news is that it is Family Friendly. I found it gentle, amusing and heart-warming and thoroughly enjoyed it." Florence's rating - 8


Rebuilding a Dream Christmas - December 23, 2021
(Meggan Kaiser, Zane Stephens and Bryson JonSteele)

Hot Chocolate Holiday - December 24, 2021
(Aubrey Reynolds and Jonny Swenson)

Writing Around the Christmas Tree - December 25, 2021
(Krystal Joy Brown and Curtis Hamilton)



🌟ION:

Christmas Down Under - November 21, 2021
(Justine Kacir and Paul O'Brien)

πŸŽ„"Christmas Down Under ION November 21, 2021 definitely not family friendly and just a junk movie. Not worth watching, it was terrible and had so many scenes and comments that were definitely not family friendly." ~Anonymous

πŸŽ„"Next was Christmas Down Under. I like movies set in Australia. This, again, seemed to be more of a comedy than anything. While it had some mildly funny situations, it also had some mature themes and some language that was not family friendly. If I had not been busy doing other things with the TV on in the background, I wouldn't have watched either of these movies all the way through." ~Deborah


A Christmas Witness - November 28, 2021
(Arielle Kebbel and Colin Egglesfield)

πŸŽ„"The premise A Christmas Witness that you read was misleading. It's tamer than it sounds." ~Ashley

πŸŽ„"First was The Christmas Witness which I hoped would be a mystery but turned out to be more of a awkward comedy. It seemed very low-budget and although Jessie, the FBI agent, was interesting, I just could not warm up to her love interest, Dean. Dean had a criminal background, having worked for the Mob for 10 years, and it was implied that he had been with a lot of women. There are some mature themes in this movie, along with some violence, so not family friendly. The two main characters share a motel room (platonically) because the heroine is guarding him in the witness protection program. In the very first scene, the wife of the mob boss tries to seduce Dean. Altogether, I felt I had wasted my time on this movie, and would have turned it off if I had not been busy with another project while it was on." ~Deborah


A New Lease on Christmas - December 11, 2021
(Clair Coffee and George Stults)

The Christmas Thief - December 12, 2021
(Michelle Borth and co-starring Vivica A. Fox)



🌟Disney Channel:

Christmas Again - December 3, 2021
(Scarlett Estevez, Daniel Sunjata, Alexis Carra, Priscilla Lopez and Ashlyn Jade Lopez)



🌟CBS:

A Christmas Proposal
(Adam Rodriguez and Jessica Camacho)

Christmas Takes Flight
(Katie Lowes and Evan Williams)



🌟NBC:

Annie Live! - December 2, 2021
(Celina Smith, Harry Connick Jr., Taraji P. Henson, Nicole Scherzinger, Tituss Burgess and Jane Krakowski)



🌟CW:

The Waltons’ Homecoming (remake) - November 28, 2021
(Ben Lawson, Bellamy Young, Logan Shroyer, Marcelle LeBlanc, Christian Finlayson, Tatum Matthews, Samuel Goergen, Callaway Corrick, Rebecca Koon, Alpha Trivette, Marilyn McCoo, Billy Davis Jr., and the original John Boy Walton in The Waltons series, Richard Thomas, will be “The Narrator.”)


🌟DVD/Streaming:

Christmas in the Wilds (sequel to Romance in the Wilds)
(Victor Zinck, Jr. and Kaitlyn Leeb)
Streaming on Fox Nation

*How/Where to watch: Available for DVD purchase at Amazon and Walmart; Stream on Fox Nation and on Digital HD on Vudu, iNDEMAND, DirecTV, Dish, iTunes and Christian Cinema.

πŸŽ„"I watched Christmas In The Wilds and enjoyed it. Everything about this movie was good except for a couple of things. Getting stuck in snow in a vehicle with snow tires or chains made no sense to me. Also, how could the guy not see through the manipulation of his co-worker? Both of the main actors are great together. Loved seeing all the same actors continue from Romance In The Wilds. The scenery is breath-taking! Real snow everywhere! Can not say enough about how Christmasy this is. Music is beautiful. Happy I have the DVD. Hope I did not say too much to ruin it for others.You will not be disappointed." ~kitkat




Candy Coated Christmas
Streaming on Discovery+

πŸŽ„"I watched a movie called Candy Coated Christmas. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know, in case you want to add it to this list of movies, that unfortunately due to one phrase, it is not family friendly. A younger girl is asking the main female character if she has any boyfriends back home. The main female character replies that she doesn't and explains why...to which the younger girl askes "Have you tried girls". There is no reply to this question...the topic totally changes. It's like this phrase has just been thrown in there to reach their quota or something. Otherwise, the rest of the movie is ok." ~Karen



Stay tuned...

I will be updating this post above, from time to time, as reviews from our wonderful *It's a Wonderful Movie" family & friends come in!

Thank you once again to EVERYONE above who has contributed, so far, into making this movie review post a success.

If YOU want to share an opinion/review on any movie premiering this year, simply leave a response in comments anywhere on this site. Please don't include spoilers, if possible, or just give a spoilers warning if you need to.

Again, THANK YOU ALL! I truly look forward to hearing your take on the upcoming Christmas movies!

God Bless Us, Everyone! Net



67 comments:

  1. Thank you for doing this, Net! I am sure you put a lot of time and effort into this, but know that all of us at IAWM appreciate it and will definitely be referring to it throughout the Christmas movie season! (I now know of two movies that I will be skipping based on posted reviews!)

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    1. Mark 25 - Always happy to share! I'm grateful beyond words for all of you who have already contributed so much to this - Bless you! :)

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  2. Net, Your site is my go to place throughout Christmas. It has been for years. Thank you to you and all who contribute.

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  3. Thanks so much, Net! You are my go-to site all year round!

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    1. Jennifer R - Thank you for your kind words and support - all year! I am so glad you are a part of this *It's a Wonderful Movie* family! :)

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    1. Denise - Yes, it's a long list! Only Santa's list is longer! :)

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  5. The two CBS movies look as if they could be good.

    Certainly the plot of A Christmas Proposal seems to be right up our street.

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  6. Thank you for listing the main starring couple with each movie. That is the only way to know if I want to watch or not, since the name of the movies don't tell much. I am printing this off. I'm sure it took a very long time to pull together. Thanks!

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    1. Amy G. - Good to hear this was helpful for you. If you want the Christmas movie list without the reviews, you can see that list - here.

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  7. Net! What an awesome page you have created for us! This is great! Like Mark 25 said, I already know some movies to skip! You work so hard for us! Really appreciate it! Blessings to you my friend!!

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    1. Joyce - I am so blessed by you, my friend, and everyone who visits here and shares their thoughts and reviews. I was grateful that you were one of the ones who shared about Taking the Reins. It was quite the shock, especially considering the other actors involved. I really never anticipated it. So grateful for you & others who shared that news.

      And... I hope many will be blessed by these Christmas movie reviews above!

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  8. "You, Me & The Christmas Trees" – I thought this movie was TREEmendously cute, lighthearted, and yes, family friendly! Sometimes, it was also a bit cheesy, but I loved all the fun puns, too! Danica McKellar and Benjamin Ayres were a joy to watch and their chemistry was excellent. I did think their romance developed rather quickly, but these things usually happen rather fast in Hallmark movies. Since I am from a farm family – I found myself quite interested in the issue with the trees withering and the history of the Connor Christmas Tree Farm. It was also fun to see Danica’s co-star from "The Wonder Years," Jason Hervey, portray her rival in the movie. Overall, a delightful watch! This movie is one that will surely “leaf” you with a smile on your face! (Sorry... I couldn’t resist adding in one more tree pun!)" ~Net

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  9. Thanks for posting the review for Christmas In The Wild, since it won't be on tv.

    Misty

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  10. Did anyone watch The Family Christmas Tree? I was waiting to watch it because Net posted something about could have a same sex couple. Just wondering if it's family friendly.

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    1. Update! I’m hearing My Family Christmas Tree is family friendly! I haven’t watched it yet myself but I learned this news from a reliable source. The movie also includes a fun Hallmark cameo and best of all the true meaning of Christmas- the nativity story!

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    2. Net, I received a message on Sat. that there is a gay couple in this movie. This is the second time I was told this. This is a devoted fan of HM who loves Andrew Walker. Andrew had been bragging about this on his fan page. I did not watch the movie myself. This person skipped the movie also. I was told it is like Mrs. Miracle's movie; very subtle. The first time I heard this came from someone who does some work behind the scenes for HM.

      I hope what you heard is right. Looking forward to your review on it. I certainly did not intentionally mislead you or anyone else about this movie. That is the problem with secondhand info.

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    3. Good news! I watched My Family Christmas Tree and it is indeed family-friendly! Yes, it has the nativity story as a play, as well as religious Christmas songs being sung by the characters. Definitely worth watching!

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    4. kitkat, Oh my goodness... That's okay, my friend. There must have been some miscommunication on this one. I know your heart - and you would never mislead us. You just simply shared what you heard and we appreciate that. Maybe that person was getting it mixed up with another movie - since there are plenty of them.

      Whatever the case, we appreciate you, honey, and we know you were just looking out for us. Bless you!!! :)

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    5. Mark 25 - That is, indeed, wonderful news! It's nice to hear how traditional this movie is with the Christmas music and the Nativity, the real Christmas story! Would certainly love to see more of that!

      Your review has been shared above. Sounds like a keeper - Thank you! :)

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  11. Thank you so much. That is on my watch list for tonight.

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  12. Warning to all who might want to watch “Every Time A Bell Rings” when it airs on Hallmark Movies Now…there is a same-sex storyline and it is a prominent one as it includes one of the three sisters that they story revolves around. We live near Natchez, Mississippi, where it was filmed and tonight they had a special showing of it just for the locals. I love Wes Brown and was so looking forward to this, especially since I would be seeing sights that I’m so familiar with but I’m just so disappointed. I can’t believe this is even something we’re having to deal with on Hallmark. I’m just heartsick.

    Rebecca

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    1. Rebecca, I am sorry to hear this, but we are so grateful you let us know here. I know this must have been very hurtful for you to see this after your excitement of this filming near your home.

      I must say I did wonder why this movie was moved to their streaming service. Perhaps, this was the reason, but they have other stories with this on the Hallmark Channel, so who knows.

      Again, I'm so grateful you shared with us. I posted your review along with the others on the main review page to inform other viewers. We share in your disappointment. So sorry.

      https://itsawonderfulmovie.blogspot.com/2021/10/which-2021-christmas-movies-made-its.html



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    2. Oh no!!! I'm just now seeing this. Rebecca I'm so sorry you had to have your heart broken like that. I second everything Net said! thank you for sharing with us. I was thinking about getting it for a month to watch a few other things as well, but mainly for Every Time A Bell Rings. Erin Cahill and Wes Brown are some of my favorites and was looking forward to seeing them together. And a hallmark Christmas movie set in the south, which is where I live as well, it all sounded great. But sadly dissapointed once again. thank you again rebecca for your help!!
      -brother in Christ

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  13. Thank you soo much for this page. The only thing better was if we knew ahead of time- Last year we had a list somewhere to what movies were family SAFE for us. I refer to it alot but sadly the reviews are not coming in very fast for some movies.. LOVE this ministry thank you.. God bless..

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    1. Christmas mom, Thank you for your kind words. I'm so glad to hear how helpful my site has been for you and deciding what to watch with your family.

      You can find last years Christmas movie reviews here:
      https://itsawonderfulmovie.blogspot.com/2020/11/which-2020-christmas-tv-movies-made-its-a-wonderful-movie-family-friendly-nice-list.html

      God bless you, too!

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  14. Review: The Great Christmas Switch

    Family-friendly: Yes
    Keeper? Yes

    I did not have high hopes for this movie, since many times in "switcheroo" movies the two personalities, portrayed by the same person, are not different enough to make you believe that are indeed two different characters. Not so here. Sarah Lind (you may remember her from the Martha's Vineyard Mystery movies) does an excellent job in making you believe that these two sisters are indeed two different people. (Spoiler: My favorite scene is the one at the dinner table where Sophia finds out how Kaitlynn has caused her to lose her apartment AND job - Sarah's reactions are great!) This movie, along with the great acting, has warmth and humor in a family setting. A keeper for me.

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    1. Mark 25 - That's my favorite scene in "The Great Christmas Switch," too! I busted out laughing when I watched it. Her facial expressions are classic! Glad you liked it, too! :)

      I added your review above! ^

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  15. A picture perfect Christmas is not family friendly. They help to ladies get engaged and the same gender couple is in a good portion of the movie

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    1. So grateful you shared this info with us. I posted your review above for others to see.

      Thank you!

      Happy Thanksgiving!

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  16. Just watched Nantucket Noel and happy to report it is 100% family friendly. One of my favorites so far this year. I love both leads!

    Also Snowed in for Christmas was very family friendly and fun. My kids now want special Christmas pancakes with bacon.

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    1. Wonderful to hear Nantucket Noel and Snowed in for Christmas are both delightful, family-friendly movies.

      I shared both of your reviews above - Thank you! :)

      Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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  17. I like Sarah Lind although I have to say I don't think she's a good match for Jesse Metcalfe in Martha's Vineyard.

    Howwver she comes into her own here.

    This movie hasn't generally been received well and while there are some obvious drawbacks to it I personally really emjoyed it.

    I was a bit dubious about what to expect and the first 20 minutes or so were very fragmented - I'm sure there will have been more than a few who might have stopped watching but stick with it because it turned into a captivating and compelling watch.

    I thought Kaelynn's husband was charming and had great charisma - he was maybe the hit of the movie, Sophia's love interest had a quiet yet appealing demeanour.

    It was well scripted in showing how each twin had very different facets to their personality and in the switch was able to realise her mistakes and even help the other.

    A couple of downsides were that I couldn't believe Kaylynn's kids couldn't recognise that Sophia wasn't their real mother although she did manage to avoid having full contact with Patrick and towards the end I was getting so frustrated that they just didn't explain the situation - hardly a big deal.

    The reconciliation between Kaelynn and Patrick was wonderful and joyful -it gave me a lovely fuzzy feeling and the making up between Sophia and Jonathan at the New Year's Eve old time dance made a great ending.

    One word of warning - although the movie is set at Christmas there's not a lot really "Christmassy" about it but this didn't spoil the enjoyment for me.

    Overall after the early scens a surprisingly compelling and light-hearted movie which I actually slightly preferred to Much Ado.

    Florence's rating - 8

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    1. Florence - What a great high rating! Love your take on "The Great Christmas Switch!" I think this one really surprised me, too. The comedic moments are classic, and if you don't take it too seriously, it's all quite enjoyable! This is one I've already re-watched a couple times while I was busy working in the house and enjoyed all the same funny moments.

      Thank you for sharing - I posted your review above! ^

      Blessings & Happy Thanksgiving to You!!! :)

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  18. Hi Net. I watched a movie called Candy Coated Christmas (I don't see it listed on your master list here. It was put out by Discovery + and is a Marvista movie.) Anyway, I just wanted to let you know, in case you want to add it to this list of movies, that unfortunately due to one phrase, it is not family friendly.

    A younger girl is asking the main female character if she has any boyfriends back home. The main female character replies that she doesn't and explains why...to which the younger girl askes "Have you tried girls". There is no reply to this question...the topic totally changes. It's like this phrase has just been thrown in there to reach their quota or something. Otherwise, the rest of the movie is ok.

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    1. Karen, Thank you for sharing this news. I knew the movie was coming out to streaming, but I wondered if they might do a little something in this one. I appreciate you sharing this caution with us on this movie. Did Ree Drummond (the Pioneer Woman) have a major part?

      I posted your review above - in the streaming area. Again, thank you for sharing!

      Have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

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    2. Net, Ree Drummond was in about 3 scenes...so not a large part.

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  19. A Snowy Christmas – The premise for this movie is a little silly, but it wasn’t overly outlandish. Two adult sisters build a snowman and the single sister, Kelly (played by actress, Elysia Rotaru, from “It Was Always You”), pretends she is building the perfect man and says all the qualities she desires in the man of her dreams. Then, a man, whose names is Forrest (played by Damon Runyan, “One Starry Christmas” and “Christmas Festival of Ice”), appears rather suddenly – and he is dressed just like the snowman and has all the qualities Kelly is seeking. Is he real or just Christmas magic? This family-friendly story is cute and a little quirky; however, there is a heartfelt story about Kelly’s (deceased) father that touched my heart. Plus, the mother, (played by Mary Long from “Christmas Next Door” and “A Veteran’s Christmas”) obviously misses her husband, but chooses to be happy and enjoy life’s present moments with her family. Her attitude was very inspiring, especially for those who are missing loved ones during the holidays.

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  20. Baking Spirits Bright has male same gender attraction.

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  21. The Nine Kittens of Christmas was totally family friendly but in my opinion it was nowhere near as good as the first one(The Nine Lives of Christmas-2014). Maybe worth one watch if you really like the first one, but not good enough for repeat watching.

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    1. Anna, Nice to hear your perspective. I had a feeling it would be impossible to top the original. Appreciate you sharing with us.

      I posted your review above.

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    2. Thanks, I read the other review of the movie and I totally missed the reference Sarah B. mentioned. I thought character said Becket or something like that. I went back and watched the part again and it sounds like she actually said Becca. Sorry for not being more thorough.

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    3. Anna, I appreciate you responding back and I understand completely. We all do our best and it's impossible to catch every thing. I appreciate you sharing what you knew - and looking back over this to share this new information with us. I'm glad it wasn't major, but they just had to slip that in there, didn't they? So sad.

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  22. Looks like An Unexpected Christmas is NOT family friendly. I have not seen it but read and article (https://www.advocate.com/arts-entertainment/2021/11/26/queer-elements-hallmarks-unnexpected-christmas-tyler-hynes-bethany-joy-lenz) which states "The film even sets up what looks to be a start of a potential lesbian romance between Becca and another character."

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    1. Karen, Thank you for sharing and going the extra mile to also share that link. It is disappointing to hear, but I'm grateful to know, too. Bless you!

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  23. Mistletoe & Molly – This movie was not a keeper for me, personally. The story seemed to drag along. Molly and her best friend, Cameron, work at a coffee shop together. Cameron is a little eccentric and the phrase Oh My G-- was used 2 or 3 times unnecessarily. Sometimes, it felt more PG, than G. One of the regular customers at the coffee shop is Aiden Ford, who makes a career, as he says, at fixing people. Molly is working her way up in the business world and doesn’t want help from her rich father or from Aiden. The best scene is when Molly meets Aiden’s nephew, who is deaf. Molly asks how to sign back to him, which was a sweet moment. Overall, the movie didn’t feel overly Christmassy, except Molly asks Aiden to help her string popcorn and a moment of caution: the two fall asleep in each other’s arms on her couch. Nothing else happens, but it was a bit too intimate for two single people for my taste. UPtv has some cute Christmas movies, but this is not one I would watch again. ~Net

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  24. I noticed two different reviews for the Nine Kittens of Christmas...one saying family friendly and one mentioning a same sex relationship comment. I just wanted to let everyone know that there is in fact a quick same sex comment in the movie. The one firefighter says "Becca's wife". I probably would have missed it because it was so fast, except I was specifically looking for it.

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    1. Karen, I think many people missed this moment, since it was so quick. Thank you for adding this extra bit of information for us.

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  25. "Miracle in Motor City" is a beautiful movie, full of heart, a touch of dry humor, and, most surprisingly, our Lord and Savior! 100% family-friendly, it's one of Lifetime's unexpected winners. Definitely a keeper. I'm sure I've heard Smokey Robinson's music, yet until now have not known him by name--now I'll never forget him and the faith, wisdom, and joy he shared through making this movie.

    ~Alicia

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    1. Alicia, Thank you for sharing this wonderful review for "Miracle in Motor City!" I agree - this one was unique for Lifetime, very touching and spiritual, a true keeper! So glad you enjoyed it, too!

      I posted your review above ^!

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  26. I can't express enough how valuable this website will mean to me from now on. I started watching Tyler Hines in An Unexpected Christian and felt sick inside with bringing in a lesbian sister. I turned it off and decided from now on, I promised myself to check your site before watching any movie...in particular Hallmark movies. Thank you for all the effort you put in, Net, to do the work for us. God has given you an assignment and I'm glad it's not the one He's given me!

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  27. We just watched Christmas at Castle Hart and it is family friendly. There is a little bit of drinking in the pub, as they are in Ireland, but nothing excessive.

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  28. Christmas Down Under ION November 21, 2021

    definitely not family friendly and just a junk movie. Not worth watching, it was terrible and had so many scenes and comments that were definitely not family friendly.

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  29. Open by Christmas - Allison Sweeney...agree with the other posts. Not family friendly and so sad to see that Allison Sweeney produced this. Is there any other way to communicate with these people (producers of movies or the actors participating) in how disappointing it is to see they are partnering with this very "unfriendly family content".??
    And the fact most of these Hallmark movies just have a scene here or there or commentary like a token mention is just sickening..it has nothing to do with story lines etc. I know Hallmark has a Dec 19 movie airing that is totally "gay agenda focus" but all the rest of their movies are just
    "honorable mentions" of which I use that term loosely there is nothing honorable about defiling what honors the Lord God creator of male and female and heaven and earth. super sad days we live in and how far we have fallen.

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  30. Janet, Every Time A Bell Rings will air on December 5 is Sunday on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries when you labelled it wrong is Monday, December 6 is in other countries

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  31. Hi Net! I've been busy watching Christmas movies but just now have a chance to write down my thoughts :) Here are some reviews...

    THE CHRISTMAS PROMISE
    Family Friendly *i think*. It was vague, but I was under the impression that the two guys in the friend group (Allan & Teddy) were a couple, although it was NOT mentioned or talked about, I believe. The scene when they were washing the dishes together sort of made me think that way, and also that the other people in the friend groups all clearly have their spouses (Susan and Tom, Gail and Teddy). Seems like they want to imply it but not be so blatant about it.  I might be wrong since it's been a while since i've watched it, so someone please correct me.  Anyway, aside from that, this was very sweet. I loved seeing Torrey DeVitto again in Hallmark. I like the way they brought up topics of grieving and how the people around her tried to support her in different ways. How she also didn't want to get in the house that was being renovated. Love the natural connection and the build up between the two leads which didn't feel forced.

    UNEXPECTED CHRISTMAS
    Not Family Friendly. I have seen the reviews about it not being family friendly, so I made sure not to watch it with my kids, but I still wanted to watch it because I love both Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hynes, and was looking forward to this. This started out really cute and had a really fun premise.  Unfortunately not only was the movie ruined by the clear liberal agenda, I couldn't really feel a lot of chemistry. I don't know. Bethany's acting in the beginning was kind of borderline annoying to me, sadly. Tyler was alright.. I should say maybe a little off than his usual charming self. Personally, it just didn't really make sense why they broke up in the first place... and why they got together again other than still feeling the love/chemistry with each other (but still, the problem of why they broke up was not solved?). Not sure but I didn't pay attention too much to the movie after the unnecessary blatant liberal agenda that was included in the movies repeatedly. 

    CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE (GAC)
    Family Friendly. This was so cute! Absolutely love the two leads and their chemistry. So fun to watch too. Had lots of laugh watching this.

    ROYALLY WRAPPED FOR CHRISTMAS (GAC)
    Family Friendly. To be honest, i'm not a big fan of royal themed movies. A lot of them are so pretentious to me. I'm also not the biggest fan of Brendan Fehr, but he was actually really decent here! This movie was actually not too bad. It was quite fun to watch. Jen Lilley was great as always, and I loved that they included the little scene with a girl who was getting adopted. I would've loved a different way to end it. It felt too abrupt to me. 

    YOU, ME, AND THE CHRISTMAS TREES
    Family friendly. Love the chemistry between Danica and Ben Ayres. I haven't liked some of Danica's recent movies and I actually really like this one. Loved the cheesy puns and the storyline was quite unique. I mean, at least it's not another "real estate developer meets struggling property owner" again and again ;)

      
    MY CHRISTMAS FAMILY TREE
    Family Friendly (other than potentially discussing the topic of being pregnant before marriage). Oh so sweet! This was a tearjerker for sure. Really like Aimee Teegarden and Andrew Walker, but mostly Aimee. Not a lot of romance storyline between them though, but the family aspect here is the heart of this movie. I love that the family said grace in the movie. I just adore the step-mom character Pauline. Also the incorporation of Polish culture.  *****spoiler alert***** Just one concern, and this is just me being nitpicky... I'm just a little puzzled in the end when the DNA company said it was a mix-up, but then it was not? It wasn't too believable to me for the DNA company to screw up 2 times like that. I felt like it was an unnecessary issue to create a climax.  Even with this concern, it was still a wonderful movie. 

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    1. CH Mom, Wow! Six fantastic reviews! I always love getting your take on these movies. Whether a movie is cheesy or a bit more dramatic, I've found in the past, that you and I are very like-minded when it comes to which movies we like best. In fact, I've seen half of the ones you mentioned (THE CHRISTMAS PROMISE, CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE, and YOU, ME, AND THE CHRISTMAS TREES) and I felt the exact same way about them.

      So glad you shared your thoughts with us! Bless you!


      Your reviews have been posted to the Movie Review page here:
      https://itsawonderfulmovie.blogspot.com/2021/10/which-2021-christmas-movies-made-its.html

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  32. It Takes A Christmas Village

    Won't say too much detail about this as most will not have seen it yet.

    There's nothing in the movie which we haven't seen before so it really mostly depends on the lead actors as to whether it works or not.

    In the event Brooke Nevin and Corey Sevier made an excellent pairing with great chemistry - the first 30 minutes or so were pretty amusing and although it took place at Christmas there wasn't an overabundance of the usual scenarios which was pleasing.

    One very pleasant aspect which is becoming rarer these days is that you can see actually see Aleaxandra and Darcy fall in love as the movie progresses.

    The good news is that it is Family Friendly.

    I found it gentle, amusing and heart-warming and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Florence's rating - 8

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    1. Florence - Thank You so much for this wonderful review in advance for the movie, It Takes A Christmas Village! I've been hoping this one would be a good one since I really like both Brooke Nevin and Corey Sevier. They look like a good match to me, so it's good to hear you say they have great chemistry. So looking forward to it now! Again, thank you!

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    2. Yay, Florence, I'm so happy to read your review on this movie. It's so nice to have a good one to look forward to!

      ~Alicia

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  33. CHRISTMAS AT CASTLE HART
    Family Friendly. Lacey was solid as always. Chemistry between the two leads was decent. The movie was quite fun to watch and I had many laughs. Really like a lot of the banters and the conversations. I wasn't a big fan of the whole idea which was based on lying though.

    A KINDHEARTED CHRISTMAS
    Family Friendly. This was a feel-good movie for sure. The chemistry and romance were definitely there. Always love Cameron and he was wonderful as always. The whole secret santa "reveal" thing and misunderstanding was a bit odd. But all in all, it was a sweet, feel good holiday movie that inspires the spirit of giving. 

    MAKING SPIRITS BRIGHT
    Family friendly. I really enjoyed it! Lovely chemistry between Taylor and Carlo. The italian carol singing was so cute. The plot did go a little repetitive/slow at times (the childish battle between the dads), but Taylor and Carlo are so cute as a couple and it makes up for it. 

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    1. CH Mom, I so appreciate you taking the time to share these 3 reviews, too. You are on a roll!

      I sure hope you and your family are having a very merry Christmas season!!! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

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  34. I am soooo far behind on watching all these movies on my dvr. I've been in and out of the hospital with complications to a ruptured appendix; and can you believe the hospital does not have the Hallmark channel?!?! I've still managed to watch a few movies at home and I just wanted to say I'm so appreciative of all the many people leaving detailed reviews. In general I agree with all the reviews. And I find great satisfaction in deleting a movie off the dvr when I find out it's not family friendly.
    Last night I watched Christmas on 5th Avenue. Based on reviews elsewhere I thought I wouldn't like it, but it ended up being cute. I had read that the lead actor was cold and rude, but I thought he played his character quite accurately (he was still lonely and grieving over the death of his wife three years ago and had become a bit of a recluse). Family friendly. But be aware that lead actress is hired by his mother to temporarily move into his large penthouse apartment for a couple of weeks and decorate and cook to fill up his freezer in the hopes that he'll come home for Christmas - she sublets her apartment and has nowhere to go when he ends up actually being home the whole time "unbeknownst" to his mother - so they both stay in the apartment - but it's handled tastefully and there are no cringe moments or anything intimate happening. This movie doesn't hold a candle to the old classic, "It Happened on Fifth Avenue", but it was fun for a one-time viewing.
    ~~Jane

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    1. Jane, It is truly wonderful to hear from you, but I'm so sorry to hear what you have been going through. Bless your heart. That's not easy any time of the year, but I'm sure it was even harder during the Christmas season - just wanting to be home and doing the traditional activities.

      I'm glad the reviews here have been helpful to you. Everyone has been so wonderful again this year. I know many (myself included!) were grateful for all the many reviews you contributed last year. And thank you for sharing this new review with us! I posted it above. Hope you will be able to enjoy many more movies and relax as you are recuperating.

      Be well. I'll be praying for you, honey.
      Blessings and Merry Christmas! Net

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  35. Dancing Through The Snow was a really good movie for Lifetime. The only thing some may be uncomfortable with is that their first kiss was a little more passionate than what we're used to on Hallmark. But it still wasn't inappropriate. The storyline was extremely sweet and handled well.

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