Let it Snow (Hallmark, 2013)
Christmas is like a baton. You pass it from one generation to the next.
Starring: Candace Cameron Bure, Jesse Hutch, Alan Thicke, Gabrielle Rose
Plot Synopsis: When Falcon Resorts acquires family-owned Snow Valley Lodge from retiring owners Karla and Paul, driven executive Stephanie Beck must spend the week before Christmas in Maine, preparing a proposal on the property’s renovations. Determined to impress Falcon’s president, her detached father Ted, Stephanie reluctantly departs her warm Arizona home to immerse herself in the lodge’s property and decide how to change it to fit the hip, young Falcon brand. While preparing to rebuild the Snow Valley Lodge from the ground up, Stephanie butts heads with her property guide, Brady Lewis, Karla and Paul’s son, who has decided to leave his family’s business over creative differences with his dad.
A self-defined Grinch, Stephanie begins her stay at Snow Valley Lodge immune to Christmas sentiment. But as the lodge’s festive traditions provide the Christmas Stephanie never had growing up with her distant father, Stephanie finds herself enjoying every minute. To complicate her professional duties even further, the combative feelings she felt toward Brady turn into romantic ones. With Stephanie’s newfound Christmas spirit and unexpected holiday romance, she begins to question Falcon’s overhaul. As her Christmas Eve deadline approaches, Stephanie must weigh her loyalty to her new friends against the complicated relationship with her father and decide if she should transform the lodge into a new winter hot spot, or embrace tradition and let it snow! (x)
In My Humble Opinion: I feel like taking off points for Candace Cameron’s distracting botox, but I’m not going to because I’m a good person. In general this movie was solid as can be expected from a Hallmark Christmas movie. It doesn’t stand out badly in any real way, but it doesn’t have any exemplary features either. If the plot sounds interesting to you, you’ll probably like it. Because it’s exactly what you expect it to be.
Watch If: You love a good Swiss tradition, you proudly are unaware of your family lineage, or if you are everyone’s honorary uncle.
Skip If: If you think snow mobiles aren’t the devil incarnate, if you think you can have a proper Christmas without the cold, or if you’d rather look like a brainless person than a beached whale.
Final Rating: ★ ★ ★ (★) ☆