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Tuesday, October 17, 2023

πŸŒŸπŸŽ„ Lifetime Reveals 2023 Full Holiday Movie Slate for Annual It's a Wonderful Lifetime Programming Event πŸŽ„πŸŒŸ SEE HERE:

Lifetime has finally revealed their Christmas movie lineup, which will include 12 All-New Original Christmas movie premieres!

See all the details from Lifetime below!

Press Release via Lifetime:


Talent Around the Tree This Year Includes
Tia Mowry, Jana Kramer, Tatyana Ali, Vivica A. Fox, Teri Hatcher,
JackΓ©e Harry, Buddy Valastro and Others Join Previously Announced Stars
Loni Anderson, Morgan Fairchild, 
Linda Gray, Donna Mills, Nicollette Sheridan
in All-New Holiday Movies

Los Angeles, CA (October 17, 2023) – The countdown to the holidays is on as Lifetime announces its full movie slate for the network’s annual It’s a Wonderful Lifetime programming event, kicking off Saturday, November 18 with 12 brand new movies! This year, the nostalgia is strong, and the cozy vibes are high as Lifetime reunites divas past and present for new movies every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas. Some of the slate’s highlights include Tia Mowry and Buddy Valastro joining forces as stars and executive producers for Yes, Chef! Christmas with Luke Humphrey. Jana Kramer, Adam Senn and Max Ehrich star in A Cowboy Christmas Romance, written by Sarah Drew, who returns to write her second Lifetime Christmas movie. Tatyana Ali and Jesse Kove star in The Holiday Proposal Plan, Teri Hatcher in Christmas at the Chalet, and Vivica A. Fox and JackΓ©e Harry together in A Christmas Intern. These movies join the previously announced and highly anticipated tent-pole movie Ladies of the ‘80s: A Divas Christmas, starring Loni Anderson, Morgan Fairchild, Linda Gray, Donna Mills, and Nicollette Sheridan.

And what are the holidays without great music? This season, the It’s a Wonderful Lifetime slate also includes new original music from pop sensation Tiffany (I Think We’re Alone Now), performing the Ladies of the ‘80s theme song, written by Song Writer Hall of Fame’s Steve Dorff and Michael Jay, and produced by Steve Dorff. JackΓ©e Harry and Tatyana Ali both perform original songs in their films A Christmas Intern and The Holiday Proposal Plan, respectively and Max Ehrich is on deck for new music entitled All I Want Is You (Big Sky Remix) in A Cowboy Christmas Romance.

As part of this season’s offerings, beginning 10/13 through 1/1, and featuring special holiday-themed playlists through the entire holiday season, Lifetime will be present 60 beloved holiday titles on the Lifetime website and app, as well its video-on-demand (VOD) partners. All new premiere movies will also be available day after premiere on TVE/VOD, and Lifetime Movie Club will offer 44 library titles starting 10/20 to stream commercial-free! Holiday Movie Favorites By Lifetime (FAST Channel) kicks off on 11/1 with library titles that will air throughout the holiday season.

Additionally, for those looking for some chills to go along with their cocoa, LMN is kicking off a December event with premiere thriller Silent Night, Fatal Night.

The full slate includes:

Christmas Plus One 
Premieres Saturday, November 18 at 8p/7c
Stars Emily Alatalo and Corey Sevier

When sisters Cara (Emily Alatalo) and Amy (Vanessa Smythe) make a pact to find their soulmates by next Christmas, they’re not expecting anything to come from it. However, one year later, Amy’s winter wedding is approaching, and Cara finally finds her own perfect man, Chase (Andrew Bushell), who agrees to attend as her plus one. But after immediately losing his number, all hope is lost. Will she find him in time to make her Christmas wish come true? Or does love have other plans for Cara when magazine writer Michael (Corey Sevier) signs on to help her in her quest?

Christmas Plus One  is produced by Champlain Media with Rebecca Hughes as the executive producer. Katy Breier and Erica Deutschman wrote the script and Meeshelle Neal directs. 



Planes, Trains, and Christmas Trees 
Premieres Sunday, November 19 at 8p/7c
Stars Kathryn Davis and Olivier Renaud

During a business trip to Indiana, event planner Kayley (Kathryn Davis) and sports agent Brett (Olivier Renaud) find themselves unable to fly home for Christmas due to a terrible snowstorm. Determined to get back to New York by Christmas Eve, the two team up and try to make their own way home, but when the storm hits, they’re forced to seek refuge in the sleepy town of Redwood, Ohio; a place that ignites some much-needed Christmas magic in their hearts. 

Planes, Trains, and Christmas Trees  is produced by Champlain Media with Rebecca Hughes as the executive producer. Cera Rose Pickering wrote the script and Marta Borowski directs. 



Christmas at the Chalet
Premieres Saturday, November 25 at 8p/7c
Stars Teri Hatcher and William DeVry

When ex TV host and socialite Lex (Teri Hatcher) finds herself faced with the possibility of spending Christmas sharing a luxury chalet with her son, ex-husband, and his new girlfriend, she volunteers to work in the chalet to avoid things getting too close to home, while documenting her every move for a new wave of followers who are loving this new chapter of her life.

Christmas at the Chalet  is produced by Champlain Media with Tom Berry as the executive producer. Julia Cranney wrote the script and Lucie Guest directs.



Laughing All the Way
Premieres Sunday, November 26 at 8p/7c
Stars Paniz Zade and Jake Epstein

When ghostwriter and aspiring comedian Aubri Wilson (Paniz Zade) is placed in charge of the Christmas variety show, she worries she might not have what it takes to pull off this make-or-break moment in her career. With Christmas just weeks away, Aubri is in pursuit of the perfect headliner for the event. That is, until famous Hollywood comedian Mike Baxter (Jake Epstein) returns to the comedy club that launched his career. There, Mike rediscovers his stand-up roots, and Aubri shows the world her inner funny girl, and as their journeys collide, they fall hopelessly and hilariously in love, laughing all the way.

Laughing All the Way is produced by Fireside (Laughing) Films, Inc. in association with Johnson Management Group with Tim Johnson, Joe Wilka and Lisa Alford serving as executive producers. Marita Grabiak directs off a script written by Rickie Castaneda, Megan Hocking and Dane K Braun.



Ladies of the ‘80s: A Divas Christmas
Premieres Saturday, December 2 at 8p/7c
Stars Loni Anderson, Morgan Fairchild, Linda Gray, Donna Mills and Nicollette Sheriden

In Ladies of the '80s: A Divas Christmas, five glamorous ‘80s soap opera stars reunite to share the spotlight to shoot the final Christmas episode of their long-running soap opera. The producer, Alex (Travis Burns) and director Nell (Taylor Ann Thompson), old college friends, do their best to keep things on the rails but as the ladies come together, old rivalries resurface that threaten to tear the whole production apart. With the show nearly canceled before it even begins due to the ladies' famous diva behavior, they reluctantly agree to set aside their differences and past secrets to "act" as if they all still love each other.  When old sparks reignite between Alex and Nell, the ladies become eager to play cupid and conspire to bring the couple together. Along the way, the divas also discover that the love between them all is still very strong too.

The movie’s theme song Ladies of the '80s was written by Song Writer Hall of Fame’s Steve Dorff and Michael Jay, produced by Steve Droff, and performed by '80s pop sensation Tiffany (I Think We’re Alone Now).

Ladies of the '80s: A Divas Christmas is executive produced for Lifetime by Larry A. Thompson (Liz & Dick, Amish Grace). Christie Will Wolf (Christmas on Candy Cane Lane, The Art of Passion) directs from a script by James Berg & Stan Zimmerman (The Golden Girls, Gilmore Girls) with Robert G. Endara II and Ed Polgardy producing.

#LadiesOfThe80s #ADivasChristmas


Mistletoe Match 
Premieres Sunday, December 3 at 8p/7c
Stars Elena Juatco and Ryan Bruce

With the holiday season in full swing, Olivia Hayes (Elena Juatco) goes undercover to provide her readers with an in-depth and cynical look at the hugely successful annual Secret Santa for Singles event. There, she meets single dad and handsome widower Thomas (Ryan Bruce) who is just as skeptical about the program as she is. Sparks soon fly, but with a once in a lifetime promotion on the line, will she risk losing it all for the romance she never saw coming?

Mistletoe Match is produced by Champlain Media with Rebecca Hughes as the executive producer. Jessica Randall wrote the script and Graeme Campbell directs.



A Cowboy Christmas Romance
Premieres Saturday, December 9 at 8p/7c
Stars Jana Kramer and Adam Senn
Written By Sarah Drew

One week before Christmas, a huge business deal sends real estate “closer” Lexie Crenshaw (Jana Kramer) back to a place she swore she’d never return to: her hometown of Tubac, Arizona. Back on the range, Lexie must convince Coby Mason (Adam Senn), a horse-whispering rancher, to part ways with his family's land, while navigating her relationship with her father (Bruce Thomas) and brothers she left behind, leading her to reconsider the life she gave up 10 years ago.

A Cowboy Christmas Romance also stars Max Ehrich, Curt Mega, Lisa Lee, Mary-Margaret Humes and Cassie Randolph.

A Cowboy Christmas Romance is produced by The Ninth House for Lifetime. Jake Helgren, and Autumn Federici serve as producers. Sarah Drew serves as executive producer. Jake Helgren directs from a script written by Sarah Drew.



Yes, Chef! Christmas
Premieres Sunday, December 10 at 8p/7c
Stars Tia Mowry, Buddy Valastro and Luke Humphrey

Alicia Gellar (Tia Mowry) is a culinary school instructor who has put both her true career aspirations and personal life on the back burner. But this holiday season, fate is on her side. She is invited to compete in the city’s annual Kringle Cook Off and learns a family secret that could change everything and be the big break she needs to become a respected chef like her former boss Bobby (Buddy Valastro). There to mentor her through the competition is the fiery chef and Kringle protΓ©gΓ©, Logan (Luke Humphrey), who Alicia builds a real connection with, despite their rocky start. But can Alicia win the cook-off and prove to herself that she is the capable head chef that Logan believes her to be? And will she be accepted by the Kringles if she shares the truth with them? She will have to put it all on the line to find out.

Yes, Chef! Christmas is produced by Fireside (Chef) Films, Inc. in association with Johnson Management Group. Executive producers include Tia Mowry, Buddy Valastro, Tim Johnson, Lisa Alford, Adam Griffin, Chet Fenster and Richard Foster. Max McGuire directs from the script written by Carley Smale.



The Holiday Proposal Plan
Premieres Saturday, December 16 at 8p/7c
Stars Tatyana Ali and Jesse Kove

Travel columnist Sonny Kravitz (Tatyana Ali) and her ex-boyfriend Kip (Jesse Kove) are forced to team up to help their best friends Bree (Whitney Able) and Jarod (Geovanni Gopradi) get engaged. To set the backdrop, the four return to Sonny’s parents’ snowy chalet and set up twelve holiday traditions that are celebrated around the world to nudge Jarod to ask Bree to be his wife. But it seems that the proposal plan doesn’t just reignite the love between the engaged couple. Will Sonny and Kip rekindle what they once had?

The Holiday Proposal Plan is produced by The Ninth House and is being distributed by Nicely Entertainment. Autumn Federici and Jake Helgren serve as producers, with Vanessa Shapiro and Tatyana Ali executive producing. Director Jake Helgren penned the original script.



A Christmas Intern
Premieres Saturday, December 16 at 10p/9c
Stars JackΓ©e Harry, Ciarra Carter and Vivica A. Fox

With the Holidays approaching, Cecilia (JackΓ©e Harry) discovers that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, so she decides to make a surprise visit to her daughter Alexis (Ciarra Carter) who created and runs “Cyber Santa,” an online gift giving business. Seizing an opportunity to spend Christmas with her daughter and get back into the game, Cecilia becomes an intern at the start-up company and the two learn the importance of family during the most wonderful time of year, while also finding love.

A Christmas Intern also stars Doug Rogers, Jasmine Avialotis and Michael ParΓ©. The movie features an original song by JackΓ©e Harry.

A Christmas Intern is produced by HYBRID. Vivica A. Fox serves as executive producer. David DeCoteau directs off a script written by Adam Rockoff.



Merry Magic Christmas
Premieres Sunday, December 17 at 8p/7c
Starring Patricia Isaac and Andrew Dunbar

As Christmas nears, financial advisor Beth (Patricia Isaac) finds that her fortune is hinting all around her. She starts seeing a recurring number: 624, an angel number that will help make her heart’s secret wish come true. It mysteriously becomes the time she wakes up, how far she bikes and the countdowns she sets. Taking on a pro-bono financial case for the local children’s theatre, Beth meets Nate (Andrew Dunbar), whose financial inexperience may cause the theatre to shut down. The two must work together to raise money for the theatre and possibly find love along the way.

Merry Magic Christmas is produced by Champlain Media with Barbara Fisher serving as executive producer. Written by Brian Ruberry, Aubrey Arnason serves as director. 



Mom’s Christmas Boyfriend
Premiering Saturday, December 23 at 8p/7c
Starring Jeananne Goossen and Zach Smadu

Precocious 10-year-old Lily Morgan (Ai Barrett) enters a writing contest about her Christmas wish. She wishes that her single mother, Emma (Jeananne Goossen), finds love and a father for Lily whom Emma adopted as an infant in China. After winning the contest, will Lily’s wish come true?

Mom's Christmas Boyfriend is produced by Champlain Media with Barbara Fisher serving as executive producer. Written by Victoria Rose, Graeme Campbell serves as director.




Silent Night, Fatal Night
Premieres Thursday, December 7 at 8p/7c
Stars Alex Camacho and Matthew Pohlkamp

Mallory Dearborn (Alex Camacho) is one of the best-selling mystery writers in the market. Against the wishes of her manager Michael (Matthew Pohlkamp), she’s decided to end her long-running detective franchise and focus on more personal matters. Desperate for a big payday, Michael takes her prisoner and, convincing the world she’s passed away, forces her to write a new, posthumous novel. Now, Mallory will spend the holidays writing her most thrilling story yet: her own escape.

Silent Night, Fatal Night is produced by HYBRID.



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  1. Well, clearly strike impacted, but this looks all around pretty good!

    I'll definitely consider watching the Reel One and Nicely pick ups, along with the divas movie, and the cowboy movie.

    And I will say, it is very refreshing for there to not be a openly gay movie in this schedule for the 1st time in the last few years!! πŸ‘πŸ‘


    1. Hmmm, there are a large number of Christmas movies out there which could have been acquired so strike or no strike there are many questions you could be asking as to why Lifetime cut its output so drastically - Florence

    2. Quote today from Variety America's leading entertainment magazine:

      This year, there are collectively fewer new holiday movies coming to the small screen. The change isn’t due to the ongoing SAG strike (or the WGA strike, which took place from May 2 to Sept. 27) — most of the movies were filmed before the strikes began or under a different contract. - Florence

  2. The very best Christmas gift of all - no Mario Lopez.

    This is a major shock - Lifetime was expected to cut back on last year's output of 26 Christmas movies but it was generally expected to be in the 15-18 range.

    There are 6 Reel One Entertainment Movies but 3 of these have been held over from last year:

    Christmas Plus One
    Planes, Trains and Christmas Trees
    Mistletoe Match

    I've seen the first two of these and Christmas Plus One is a personal favourite of mine.

    The Jana Kramer and Jake Epstein movies have come out of the blue but look good.

    I wonder what's going on at Lifetime - there are another 4 or 5 ROE Christmas movies which they purchased - wonder if these will be shown in 2024?


    1. Oh, Florence, you made me laugh! What am I going to do without a Mario movie to poke fun at??!? Things are just all akilter this year!! 🀣🀣🀣

  3. Seems like some good ones to check out. Not sure which ones yet. I am glad they don't have many.

  4. I usually don't watch the Christmas movies on Lifetime, and this listing looks pretty underwhelming, so it won't be any different for me this year. But I will give Christmas Plus One a watch, since I usually enjoy the Christmas movies with Corey Sevier. Also, I can't get excited about any network that is showing a movie called Silent Night, Fatal Night - sounds very sacrilegious to me!

    1. Mark you took the words right out of my mouth! Those were the strange titles/storylines that forced me to stop watching Lifetime years ago….
      I will probably just watch the one with Corey, maybe the one with Teri Hatcher as I did really like the last Christmas one I saw her in on Hallmark, A Kiss Before Christmas.
      Oh I will also check out the one with Jana Kramer, I do really like her. I’m okay with this small list as all of my time will be taken up by the other channels.

  5. In he past Lifetime has sometimes added extra movies to is schedule so while unlikely this tear I suppose it's not impossible - Florence

  6. They have some established actors for some of these movies. Hopefully, the movies are just as good.

  7. “Silent Night, Fatal Night” is an awful premise. I will stick with Great American Family.
    -Gabe’s Mom

  8. Christmas at the Chalet. From the blurb, I was fully expecting this to be a tacky movie but it turned out to be rather nice. Of course, it had some awkward moments and the whole topic of split families and ex-spouses and their new, younger love interests wasn’t nice but, overall, I enjoyed this movie. I appreciate watching mature, experienced actors and Teri Hatcher and William DeVry made a cute couple. It was fun to watch Teri’s character of a woman in her fifties embrace social media with her grown son and attempt to re-invent herself for a possible second (third) career after having quit her high-profile tv reporter job some twenty years ago to become a stay-at-home mom (a role that she absolutely adored but now her son is grown and she’s an empty nester). Not a whole lot of substance to this movie but fun fluff for the evening. And the “Aspen” (really Canada) ski slope setting was beautiful. The ski chalet was so warm and cozy with beautiful twinkling lights and Christmas trees – I want to go live there! However, beyond the Christmas trees and some holiday traditions, this movie really could have been just as good as a January/February “winter” movie. This one was family friendly because it was clean, other than divorce topic; and even though there is an adorable little girl in the movie, I doubt this is really a movie kids would like. ~~Jane

  9. Just thought I'd let you all know that A Cowboy Christmas Romance has a sex scene in it (and it's also hinted in it's trailer). -Maria

  10. Laughing All the Way. This was an unusual little movie that didn’t scream warm, cozy Christmas to me. That doesn’t mean it was bad, it was just different – a little on the quirky, peculiar side, but still kind of cute. Jake Epstein was the lead actor and he was good, but I’ve liked him so much better in movies such as ‘Eight Gifts of Hanukkah’ and ‘Mistletoe and Menorahs’. The lead actress was also quite good in this one. But I think the story about a comedy club was just not my favorite. And none of it really hit my funny bone. There was lots of Canadian snow so it definitely had the winter vibe. And the romance was so lowkey it almost didn’t exist (but maybe lowkey is good sometimes, especially as I often get tired of them overdoing it with instalove in all the other movies?). I’d say this movie is okay for a watch, if you’ve exhausted all your other movie options; it would even be fine to watch in the winter since it’s not especially Christmassy. Family friendly, but I don't think it would appeal to kids. ~~Jane

  11. Planes, Trains, and Christmas Trees. I absolutely cannot remember many specifics, but I think I deleted this at about the halfway point. I do remember that it wasn’t quite as bad or silly as I thought it was going to be, so I’m surprised that I deleted it before finishing. It’s probably an okay movie. But perhaps it just became too much of a same old, same old, “second-string” Christmas movie with bad audio?? I do like the lead actor and sometimes the lead actress when she isn’t over-acting, so I don’t know, I guess I just got tired of the movie and decided to move on to something else. Or maybe it had the usual bad audio issues that a lot of Reel One movies have?? Dunno? Can’t remember. Family friendly, I think? 🀷‍♀️ πŸ˜‚ ~~Jane

  12. Ladies of the ‘80s: A Divas Christmas. I deleted this one pretty early on. It just felt tacky and tawdry. Definitely not family friendly for young kids, especially with some of the stuff right from the beginning. The two young leads in this film probably would have been cute in a romance, but I just wasn’t in the mood for sticking around to find out. (p.s. – I cannot believe Donna Mills is 82 years old, she looks better than the rest of them!) ~~Jane

  13. Christmas Plus One. Thoroughly enjoyable! Sweet, feel-good story. Visually appealing with lots of warm, cozy ambiance and tasteful sets and Christmas decorations. Warm and loving family relationships. Real snow and you felt like it was actually cold in all the outdoor activity scenes – thank you, Canada! Lots of romantic chemistry between the leads, they’re cute together, and it was fun to watch him experience all of the Christmas traditions that she loves and shares with him (he has to write an article on fun things to do around NYC, so she shows him all her favorite activities). Well written, well directed and good acting all around. I was fully expecting this to be a Reel One dud with all the normal audio, budget, and acting issues, but this one surprised me and turned out to be quite excellent with none of those usual complaints. Well done! It’s a keeper, for now. Family friendly. ~~Jane

  14. Mistletoe Match. A bit rough and awkward at first but it smoothed out to be cute. It’s basically the same predictable plot and movie we’ve seen before, it had odd moments, as well as nice ones. Widower with young teen daughter falls for woman who is undercover writing a story about the days-long Christmas-themed matchmaking event; then they have big conflict when he finds out she was there under false pretenses; then they work it out and live happily ever after. It was all a mixture of fun, clumsy, and sweet at the same time. Interesting little thing was that they showed a shot of the Christmas crossword puzzle that the daughter was working on and one of the crossword answers, in addition to ‘mistletoe’, ‘gingerbread’, etc., was ‘Jesus’ – I found that to be a bit noteworthy that somebody involved with this secular movie was “brave” enough to do that, and kudos to them. I had a weird dΓ©jΓ  vu thing in the beginning and almost deleted because I thought I had already watched this movie -- the exact same newspaper boss lady actress was handing out almost identical assignments to another movie in my recent memory, which turned out to be “Christmas Casanova” (a better film than this one, in my opinion, and currently only showing for free on XumoPlay or other streaming services). So, overall, this one was a cute, lightweight, sort of “second-string” movie that’s fine for a one-time watch but don’t expect anything spectacular. Family friendly. ~~Jane

  15. Yes, Chef! Christmas. Cute… until they ruined it and made it not family friendly. This was a nice, entertaining Christmas movie until the midway point when, during a fun Christmas game night, they introduced a “married” gay couple with a child as part of the main family. I watched the second half of the movie in fast-forward and there was nothing else said and nothing shown. That one little scene ruined an otherwise warm and cute Christmas movie about a chef in a competition (as well as her search for her birth parents). Not family friendly. ~~Jane

  16. Mistletoe Match was both hilarious and adorable. :) -Maria

  17. T was thinking of giving A Cowboy Christmas Romance a miss but if what I've read is correct the big "scene" is pretty innocuous.

    Apparently a man with a bare chest kisses a woman and then the picture fades immediately.

    I might give it a try - Florence

  18. The Holiday Proposal Plan. Not family friendly. I had a weird feeling about this one when I saw who the writer/director was, and also two of the actors in the cast who are gay. Then I stumbled upon a short clip from the movie where those two male actors are definitely a romantic couple in the movie. I have no idea if they have a recurring storyline in the movie, but I have no intention of watching and finding out. Evidently, not all "Nicely" movies are nice for families. ~~Jane

    1. Jane, Thank you so much for adding this review for The Holiday Proposal Plan. Of course, I posted the weekend movie post just before I read your comment... so I added an update to the main post under this movie and added your review there so others will know.

      I so appreciate your great reviews! :)
      Merry Christmas, Net

  19. Lifetime's A Wonderful Lifetime 2023 Review Part 1:

    My rankings:

    #1, Ladies of the 80's: A Diva's Christmas
    #2, Laughing all the Way
    #3, Mistletoe Match
    #4, Christmas at the Chalet
    #5, Christmas Plus One
    #6, Planes, Trains and Christmas Trees


  20. Lifetime's A Wonderful Lifetime Review Part 2:

    My thoughts:

    Yeah, I didn't watch every movie here. Just became uninterested towards the end of the lineup. (which I kind of predicted before hand given how busy I get).

    Personally, I think Lifetime is better off aquiring movies then making their own. But that's just an opinion.

    Hopefully next year's is also good looking. -Maria

  21. Mom’s Christmas Boyfriend. I was thinking of skipping this one but am glad I didn’t. Mark25’s review made me reconsider, and I’ll agree with him and even take his review one step further and say I liked almost everything about this movie, not just the sweet girl and her relationship with her mother. The actor who played Zach was really good, as well as the actors who played the two side-kicks. There was a naturalness and a believability to the various characters. The chemistry was good. The dialogue was good. The touch of humor was just right. Kudos to the actors, writer, director, set designer – they all did a good job (with the three main actors really shining). It's not going to win any awards, but it was an appealing little Christmas movie with some nice coziness and genuine warmth. It's a keeper, for now. It had a bit of the typical Reel One issues with loud background music that’s not quite as background as it should be, but it was easily overlooked because I was engaged in the story. Family friendly and would be cute to watch with kids simply because of the little girl. The only mild warning I would say is that the term “cuffing season” was lightly mentioned more than once by the perpetually-dating best friend character, and once would have been more than enough; the character even acknowledges that she probably shouldn’t have said it in front of a ten-year-old. I had never heard the phrase and had to ask an older niece what it meant. Basically, it means young people “dating” or looking to be attached for short-term “relationships” for only the cold winter months and then splitting up in the warmer months – whatever “dating” means to people nowadays?!? – it’s all rather tacky, shallow and meaningless! Most young people probably already know what it means but I think it would be easy to gloss over the phrase when mentioned in the movie, so long as children weren’t overly curious, and even then, you could maybe spin it to mean just new friends hanging out a lot during the winter?? ~~Jane


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