the 12 cheesy films of christmas: 12 dates of christmas


Set up on a blind date with handsome Miles on Christmas Eve, Kate gets 12 chances to relive the date over and over again until she sets things right. –Netflix description

First up on the list of cheesy holiday movie reviews is 12 Dates of Christmas, starring Amy Smart and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (aka Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell!). Our heroine, Kate, agrees to go on a blind date even though she is still pining over her ex-boyfriend. Like so many rom com heroines, Kate has a “life plan” that involves marriage and a snarky brunette friend whose sole purpose is to talk to the blonde protagonist about her love life.

When Kate ditches Zack (I mean, Miles) to try to win her ex back, she finds out–gasp!–he’s planning on proposing to his new girlfriend. So that was a bad day. But luckily, at midnight the day rewinds and she starts over again on Christmas Eve. Yeah, just go with it.

The very obvious theme of this movie is that Kate needs to be open to change, and to letting new people into her life. On Christmas Eve number 1 we see her being pretty bitchy to her neighbor, her stepmom, to Zack (I mean Miles!), but then she gradually becomes nicer to everyone and makes new friends while she tries to get the day to stop repeating itself. By day 12 she’s set up her lonely neighbor, told her ex she’s happy for him and his new fiancee, and given a lonely guy a makeover (yeah). Then she and Miles kiss! While it’s snowing!!

So, did I enjoy this movie, despite the poorly explained supernatural phenomenon and typically executed rom com conventions? Meh. It was pretty obvious from the get-go that Kate was supposed to learn this Big Lesson, so by day 5 or 6 it was starting to get a little old. Also, Miles, like so many rom com heroes, suffers from Perfect Guy Syndrome, i.e., he has no visible flaws. On the positive side, I thought it was pretty clever how images from the song 12 Days of Christmas were subtly integrated throughout the film.

If you want some holiday fluff that requires no heavy thinking, this is an okay one to add to your list.

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