Here are two more Christmas movies I watched this past weekend.
This was a clever little movie...largely due to the sparkly presence of Kristin Chenoweth. It is pretty much the traditional Christmas set-up...the fish out of water story and all. But the setting is beautiful and the other scenery...twelve hunky men (give or take)...isn't bad either! And add to the mix a little blast from the past. Remember Anna Chlumsky of My Girl fame? Well, she's all grown up and she is a gorgeous girl. She plays Chenoweth's assistant in Montana.
About the movie:
It's anything BUT a Merry Christmas for die-hard New Yorker and publicist E.J. Baxter when she loses both her high-powered Manhattan job and her lawyer-fiance on the same night at her office Christmas party. E.J. winds up taking a job and moving to the opposite end of the earth - Kalispell, Montana. To help the local search-and-rescue station raise desperately needed funds, a la "Calendar Girls," she tries to convince the male rescue workers to pose for a naked calendar and along the way discovers what really matters to her and wins the heart of one of the pin-ups! Based on the book "Decent Exposure" by Philippa Ashley. Starring Kristin Cheonweth.
Encore airings of the Lifetime Channel's 12 Men of Christmas:
Tonight at 9 pm ET
12/24 at 9 pm ET
Based on the novel of the same name by Debbie Macomber, Mrs. Miracle is a heart-warming story based on the premise of Mary Poppins or Nanny McPhee. A family is in trouble and a mysterious nanny comes along to make things right. I happen to like this type of set up and I especially enjoyed this movie because of Doris Roberts (Everybody Loves Raymond). She is a warm, grandmotherly type that comes to this family and helps them to heal...and in doing so, it also helps another character to heal as well.
About the movie:
Losing a spouse is always hard, and for Seth Webster (James Van Der Beek), playing single dad to two rambunctious six-year-olds doesn’t make it any easier. With the holidays approaching, finding a housekeeper has proven to be near-impossible, until Mrs. Emily Merkle (Doris Roberts) shows up at the Websters’ door, ready to turn their lives around. No sooner has “Mrs. Miracle,” as Seth’s boys call her, straightened up the house, than Seth meets Reba Maxwell (Erin Karpluk), best friend to the Webster kids’ first-grade teacher. After just one date, Seth and Reba find they have a lot in common. Since the death of his music-loving wife, Seth has been unable to play a single chord on the piano, and, in the name of her career, Reba, once an avid actress, has avoided the theater. With a Christmas pageant to prepare for and a fresh romance on the horizon, Mrs. Miracle definitely has her work cut out for her and proves to be more than just a normal nanny.
Encore airings of the Hallmark Channel's Mrs. Miracle:
12/11 at 8 pm ET
12/12 at 2 pm ET
Happy Christmas viewing!