A Romantic Christmas in July

July 10, 2014 Movie / TV 2

I’ve been terrible at reading books lately. Or books have been terrible at reading me. Yeah, that’s it. It’s the books’ fault. Yeah.

Instead of reading I’ve been doing weird stuff like spending time with my life mate and my friends, and spending way too much time on tumblr. And I’ve been catching up on shows and movies. I logged into the good old Netflix last week and quickly figured out that I’d pretty much watched every single rom com their streaming service has to offer…except…the ones…that were Christmas themed. So I watched, and watched, and watched and then I realized it was July. AND then I realized that other romance minded folk might want to share this amazing experience, sponsored by ABC Family, with me. Here’s are the movies I was able to make it through, in the order I watched them. Side note: I really need Netflix to actually keep up with the fact that its subscribers are binge watching shit and need more content. MORE CONTENT DAMN IT!


109752012 Dates of Christmasstarring Amy Smart, Mark- Paul Gosselaar

12 Dates of Christmas is a romantic comedy that follows Kate, a young woman who re-lives the same first date on Christmas Eve over and over again. In an attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend on Christmas Eve, Kate ends up ruining her blind date with Miles (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), a handsome guy she’s been set up with. In a strange twist of fate, Kate is given the chance to re-live Christmas Eve twelve times! Kate decides to embrace what Christmas Eve has given her — a loving family, great friends and Miles, who turns out to be a great guy! However, just as she seems to think she has gotten it right, the clock strikes midnight and Kate must live Christmas Eve once again. Under these weird new circumstances, Kate learns to take risks and enjoy what she’s been given. Thanks to the gift of Christmas Eve, Kate finds happiness by finally trusting fate.

This is the one that started it all. I was a little hesitant when this one started for two reason. One, even for an ABC Family movie the beginning is really clunky. The script seems to just skim things in the hopes that actor/director will make up for them, but that doesn’t happen. Two, Amy Smart is not a strong lead. She’s great as the girlfriend (Varsity Blues) and the best friend (Shameless), but she is pretty one note and that note gets stale quickly. What saved this movie was the actual plot, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. It’s basically Groundhog Day meets Christmas. It quickly become apparent that Kate could fix things with this dude, Miles, in one day, but in order to break the curse she actually has to help the people around her. This part of the movie was downright adorable. She gets to know her neighbors, forms a bond with her dad’s new girlfriend and rescues a foster kid AND a puppy. I mean, they went for big heart melty air with this one. Also, Mark-Paul Gosselaar is still really fucking hot. – B+


MV5BMTQ1NTQ1NjQ5Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTQwNjU0MDE@._V1_SX640_SY720_Christmas Bounty (2013) starring, Francia Raisa, Mike “The Miz”

A former bounty hunter turns into an elementary schoolteacher. Determined to have a normal life and keep her bounty hunter past a secret, she reluctantly returns home for Christmas to help save the family business by catching the one bounty that got away. But when her fiancé follows her home for the holiday, she struggles to hide her wild family business and a bounty hunter ex-boyfriend she thought she’d left behind.

I am a WWE fan so when I saw that the MIZ was starring as a love interest in an ABC Family holiday flick I had to jump at the chance to watch this crapfest. Unfortunately it was too much of a crapfest. Francia Raisa, best known from The Secret Life of the American Teenager, was actually pretty good. She embraces the cheese, but the plot and the action (I quit after a scene where her and her bounty hunter family accost four “bad guys” in a crowded mall and literally no one notices) were just too cheesy for me. – DNF about 30 mins in


2490F4_ABC_XmasCupid_keyart_People.inddChristmas Cupid (2010) starring Christina Milian, Chad Michael Murray

Sloane is a beautiful, stylish woman on the fast track to success in her public relations firm when a starlet client, Caitlin, dies. Caitlin immediately becomes Sloane’s own personal “Jacob Marley” (the Christmas Carol ghost) ushering in the spirits of Christmas past, present, and future – all in the guises of Sloane’s former boyfriends. Sloane finds out first hand that her unethical ways and workaholic habits need to change and that reuniting with one of the past lovers whom she jilted may be the answer for a happy-ever-after life.

I’ll just say it. I loved this fucking movie. I’m still in love with Chad Michael Murray from his One Tree Hill days and Christina Milian is downright gorgeous. I appreciated that this movie featured a woman of color with a string of super hot boyfriends. Plus her mom is played by Jackée Harry. I loves me some Jackée. The best part though was the chemistry between Milian and Murray. They didn’t just seem in love. Chad seemed like he was settled in long term and comfy with his boo-thang. I wonder if they did an smooching off screen. Hmmmmm. – A-


Desperately-Seeking-SantaDesperately Seeking Santa (2011) starring Laura Vandervoort, Nick Zano

Jennifer, a young, ambitious executive running promotions at a failing Boston mall comes up with a genius promotional gimmick to save her workplace and position herself for advancement: hold a “Hunky Santa” contest to replace the old Mall Santa. David, a local man trying to save his family’s pizzeria, ultimately wins the contest and sparks fly between him and Jennifer. However, complications ensue when it comes to light that the company Jennifer works for is the same one trying to run David’s family out of business.

DSS had a so much potential, with it appealing to the female gaze and all, but I knew I wasn’t going to get along with this movie from the start. It starred Nick Zano who I love but I didn’t even get to his scenes because the leading lady, Laura Vandervoort , is dryer than bread crust left out in the desert sun. I actually stopped watching Bitten after one episode because she’s such a bad actress. And that’s saying a lot, because I will put up with all sorts of shit to watch some werewolves on my screen, especially after Being Human was cancelled. Anywho, she sucked the air right out of this film. Couldn’t do it. – DNF after 10 minutes.


HHHoliday in Handcuffs (2007) starring Melissa Joan Hart, Mario Lopez

A struggling artist working as waitress kidnaps one of her customers to bring home and meet her parents at Christmas.

I liked this movie mostly because you get to see Mario Lopez with his shirt off and then you’re also reminded that Mario Lopez is still capable of that panty dropping smolder he perfected while wooing Jessie Spano. HOWEVER, they intentionally make such a mess of Melissa Joan Hart that she’s just difficult to look at and the two of them have no chemistry at all. Also the end makes no sense. It’s an enjoyable flick, for sure, but, no.  Watch it and then come find me and we can talk about the end and how it makes no fucking sense.– B-/C+

For the sake of this post I had the following movies on tap, but I’m all Christmas’d out. But please do check out,  Holidaze with Jenny Garth, Santa Baby and Santa Baby 2 with Jenny McCarthy, Christmas in Boston with Marla Sokoloff.

PS. I’m always looking for rom coms to watch. Have an favorites you think I need to see? Hit me in the comments!

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A queer romance author of color who will read just about anything, for science, or this blog. She gravitates toward post Civil War era historical romance, westerns, BDSM erotic romance, LGBT romance and erotica. She’s interested in trying out more New Adult titles with multicultural characters, romances/erotic titles of any subgenre with Transgender characters, stories with Native American characters, especially if they are written by Native American authors, horror and romantic suspense.

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2 Responses to “A Romantic Christmas in July”

  1. Nu

    Continuing with the theme, have you seen Nothing Like the Holidays? And not Christmas-y, but if you don’t mind subtitles, I’d also recommend Petty Romance (which is available on Youtube, apparently, lol.) Also The Rebound, Just Wright. As you see, I love romcoms too, lol.

  2. cleo

    This post made my morning. It’s definitely the books’ fault. I feel the same way – I’m a READER so it’s definitely not my fault that I’m not reading right now, it must be the stupid books’ fault (or something.)