Last minute change in plans has lead me to choosing something random on Netflix. Why did I choose Christmas Crush out of all the badly rated Christmas movies, you ask? Because for once, I know someone in this movie. That someone is Rachel Boston. I saw her in Witches of East End and while that show is cancelled and I truly miss it a lot, I guess this makes up for it…We’ll see, right?
Let’s check it out!
(also called Holiday High School Reunion)
Director: Marita Grabiak
Cast: Rachel Boston, Jonathan Bennett, Jon Prescott, Harry Hamlin, Sunny Mabrey, Julia Voth, Elizabeth Braun, Marilu Henner
When a woman learns of her high school reunion a week before Christmas, she’s ecstatic to finally have her chance to win back the one “that got away”. –IMDB
The first thing we need to know when we step into these TV Christmas movies is that its not going to be at par. It’ll suffer some normal tropes and that the expectations should probably be a little lower. Christmas Crush suffers a lot of the tropes and there’s a ton of stuff that is wrong. The first one might be that these characters are go back to reacting as if they were all high school students when they are clearly grown up now. This can be a little annoying to watch at parts. For me, the worse might be the high school crush that our main character has. It was clear that he was a huge douchebag who was definitely now the one that got away. In all reality, if I was Rachel Boston’s character, I wouldn’t go back to him. There’s a weird little vibes that go through and sends mixed messages. The script is a little messy.
However, there is a little guilty pleasure. These types of stories don’t bother me too much. I can adjust my expectations and I pretty much can enjoy a lot of stuff. Plus, its a Christmas movie with some really ridiculous humor and some feel-good moments. Rachel Boston’s character, Georgia is finally back home and much to her reluctance, she ends up going to the high school reunion when she hears that her old flame has RSVP’ed. She was voted “Most Likely to Succeed” when she graduated and being ashamed of herself, she tells lies about her career when she is still working hard to be a fashion designer and be able to have her own runway show. The feuds between old “friends” happen with preppy jealous girls and then, she tries to appeal to her ex when her best friend Ben, who has fallen out of touch since graduation is also back. Now, the second reason I like watching this is that Ben is played by Jonathan Bennett. Maybe that name is unfamiliar to you but he’s the love interest in Mean Girls. He was also in a movie I saw recently called Lovewrecked also playing a similar sort of character, the dispensable best friend who secretly has a crush on the girl. The guy is a decent actor and they have some really cliche but cute moments. Adding in a Christmas twist is definitely cute and the best parts are the cheesy ridiculous parts where Georgia makes a fool out of herself and Ben tries to bail her out of the mess. Georgia’s character may get a little frustrating but her and Ben are rather good characters that I enjoy seeing.
They movie fluctuates between the present and the high school days when they were also rather crazy with their endeavors and getting into troubles with all their bad ideas. I think the part of this is that Georgia realizes that some of her memories were forced. She thinks she remembers it one way and that all her good memories are with her ex when actually they were with the Ben. And when she thought that she never had a good guy, its because she let him go without really treasuring his presence. I’m not one to relate to these since I didn’t date much in high school but it is a pretty typical high school romance sort of story. The one thing that annoyed me the most was actually the ex. His character was uber cheesy to an unbearable level. *shivers* He was really creepy.
Honestly, Christmas Crush is a harmless movie. Its not memorable and its super predictable and cliche. However, it makes for some pretty good background noise. I actually played it in the background a few more times during the night while I was doing something else and it had its fun moments. It kind of mocks the different sort of people in high school but it does send the right message of knowing who matters in your life and knowing that sometimes its really about appreciating and being grateful for all the things you’ve accomplished and not compare with others. Its you being happy with you. For that, this movie worked alright for me. If it had a less messy and more consistent script, it would’ve been much better and maybe swap the overly cheesy and dumb douche bag ex but then, how do we know that he’s just the wrong person, right? I’m overthinking this now, way more than this probably deserves. Still, I acknowledge its below average but I really didn’t mind watching it. It had a few laughs 😉
Have you seen Christmas Crush? What are your thoughts?