Writer: Jana Ozoliņa

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This is the season of cheesy romantic holiday movies.

Don’t know what to watch? No problem, Netflix has your back! New movies, so many options, where to begin? How about a quick review! We based our rating on the plot, Christmas vibes, and if we would recommend watching it as a self-proclaimed Christmas cheesy movie addicts and critics.

Today, we will look at three, let’s go!

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Briefly about the plot

This is the third movie in a series called a Christmas Prince. If you haven’t watched the previous two movies, I don’t think it matters because the plot of the movie is no longer about the relationship development of the main characters but rather focuses on discovering who stole the treaty that prevents war between the Aldovian kingdom and  Penglian kingdom. How does a baby fit into the picture? If the treaty won’t be found, the queen’s Amber’s baby will be cursed.

Review

Honestly, as a person who watched all three of the Christmas Prince movies, I have to say that this one is the best. However, the plot feels too familiar. I could not put my finger on it but I have seen such a story before. Therefore, you can easily predict the plot, how characters will act, what will they say, and so on. I did not predict the ending; maybe that is good, but I have to say for me it did not make sense, it was orchestrated badly, and the person who stole the treaty was a very random choice.

P.S. Don’t worry if you don’t get the references made to previous movies - they are bad.

Christmas vibes: 4 out of 5 for Christmas feel. Decorated Christmas tree, red and green colors, lights, snow, the Christmas tunes played in the background, everything one wants in a good Christmas movie.

Would I recommend watching it: Yes, if you don’t like your Christmas movies to be focused on finding love but you rather watch some characters figure out a “mystery.”

Briefly about the plot

The main characters, Sloane and  Jackson, are two strangers who are sick of being judged for being single on holidays. They decide that the best way to survive holidays as single people is to be each other’s platonic plus-ones. There comes a combination of the words holiday+date=holidate. As they get to spend time together, feelings start to develop. And the question arises: will it grow into something more than a holidate?

Review

As a fan of Emma Roberts, I have known her since the Nickelodeon show Unfabulous, so I was having high hopes for the movie. Yet the movie did not exceed my expectations. 

The plot was good but most of the time, it felt rushed in.  I liked Emma’s character’s boldness and relatability (The scene of her working remotely is very on point). Good dialogs, very diverse casting. The jokes were not my cup of tea, but I can see how someone might like them. I was hoping for the less predictable ending - I needed something unexpected to happen to truly grab my attention. I understand that everyone wants a happy ending, but the movie was self-aware and could have made a more daring choice and ended it with a twist. That is my major complaint.

Christmas vibes: 3.25 out of 5.  I believe it can be watched not only during Christmas but during any other holidays that were shown in the movie like New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Mother’s day, or just your usual Tuesday.

Would I recommend watching it: Why not, it is for sure not your usual cliche movie. 

For the book lovers, this movie is based on the book by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle called Let It Snow.  I would for sure recommend reading the book.

Briefly about the plot

The movie has three plots. The first plot revolves around your average girl Julie and a rising pop star Stuart Bale. They both decide to jump out of their snowed-in train and get to Julie’s home town on foot. The characters connect because they both want what the other has and can understand each other. The second plot is connected to a waitress at the waffle house called Dorrie and a cheerleader Kerry. Both girls have fallen in love with each other, yet Kerry hasn’t opened up about her sexuality to her friends which creates a lot of awkward moments for her and Dorrie.  And last but not least, the plot of Tobin and Angie (known as The Duke). It is a classic story of wanting to get out of the friendzone.

Review

I have to say, because I know the book that movie is based on, I was underwhelmed by how it was portrayed. But that aside, I think you might like the movie as it has three plots and you will be able to find one that will resonate with you the best. The movie will make you feel for the characters, laugh when they laugh, and cry when they cry. It is not a cinematic masterpiece, but a great movie to watch if you want to turn off your brain. Ask your friends to virtually join you for more fun.

Christmas vibes: 2. 75 out of 5. This is a very winter break, a winter mood movie, and not so much connected to Christmas. It has a Christmasy ending when everyone learns a lesson and dreams come true, love wins, but it still lacks coziness for that full Christmas movie vibe.

Would I recommend watching it: I would recommend reading a book instead, but if you are short on time, the movie will do.

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