the 12 cheesy films of christmas: holidaze

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Melody Gerard, a high-powered corporate executive, is in for an unpleasant surprise when she takes a spill and wakes up in an alternate universe. –Netflix description

Oops, I accidentally picked another Thanksgiving movie. But there were wreaths in the background in a couple of scenes so we’ll go ahead and count it as a Christmas movie anyway.

Our protagonist, Mel, works for a Walmart-type mega store that is trying to open a new store in her hometown, the stereotypically small-town-y Streetsville. When she visits Streetsville to try to get the city council to agree to let the company start building the new store, she has an awkward run-in with her ex and shortly after she falls down his stairs (by accident, he doesn’t push her–not that kind of movie) and suffers a concussion. When Mel awakes, she and her ex, Carter, are married and life is as it would be if she hadn’t left town.

Before I get into whether or not I liked the movie, can I go on a bit of a feminist rant? It’s my blog, so yes. “Having it all” (a loaded term, in my opinion) is one of the main themes here; it’s established early on that Mel “chose career over family,” so of course this makes her cold and kinda mean. But when she is in the alternate realty of being married to Carter, she discovers they are trying to start a family. (To be fair, in the alternate realty she owns her own cafe and still has the business smarts she had while working for the mega store, so it’s not like she has to become a housewife and mother to become nicer.) And at the end, she tells her mom she admires her for “having it all”; i.e., being able to balance work with family.

But who said a woman has to be able to balance the two to be happy? Why did Mel have to reunite with her ex before she became a nicer person and a more thoughtful daughter? Why isn’t being a big shot in her career fulfilling enough? There wasn’t any indication that Mel was unhappy with her job. (Until, of course, she tells Carter that she threw herself into work to fill the void their breakup left. Gag.) Not that there’s anything wrong with wanting to balance career and family, of course, but not every woman wants both.

Okay, I’m done with that tangent. Despite all that stuff I just spewed I did enjoy this movie. It was predictable and fluffy, just like a TV holiday movie should be.

Previous cheesy film reviews:

12 Dates of Christmas

A Holiday Engagement

Christmas Crush

A Country Christmas

Christmas Cupid

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