CINEMA

CHRISTMAS WITH YOU (2022)

MPAA: TV-PG
Release Date: 11/17/22
[Netflix]
Genre: Comedy/Family/Romance

Studio: NETFLIX

"Follows a pop star who's got a career burnout and escapes to a small town where she finds not only inspiration but a shot of love."

OUR MOVIE REVIEW:

Christmas with You is the second big Christmas film to be released this year so far that brings along with it a familiar face making their comeback. Freddie Prinze Jr. is that face and it’s a delight to see his return, even if the material he’s working with is the typical Christmas affair. It’s at times charming, at times lazy but most of all it’s predictable - the film runs purely on the appearance of Freddie Prinze Jr. and hopes to attract the Hallmark audience to Netflix with these big names attached. 

 

There’s something so eerily similar to this and a film that released earlier in the year, titled Marry Me starring Owen Wilson and Jennifer Lopez. Just a few slight tweaks to the story and set it during the Holiday season - you’ve got Christmas With You (also the title of the song is just like the aforementioned). Now one thing that I didn’t know about Prinze Jr. is his latin roots that he’s been embracing more and more as he’s gotten older so it was an unexpected surprise when his character, Miguel is completely immersed in that ancestry. The stars, including Prinze Jr. are a mixed bag that changes in nearly every scene; occasionally going from decent to really terrible and then back to entertaining, it’s a roller coaster of performances. With the film centering on the idea of the two leads coming together to write a holiday hit, it’s unfortunate that all that time doesn’t lead up to a clever or catchy single in at the very least the audiences’ eyes. 

 

There’s nothing here that you can’t predict from the very start of the film or merely from the poster alone. It’s exactly the film you expect it to be in every single aspect and it knows just like Falling for Christmas just what it is! Should it be a film to watch this holiday season? That’s entirely up to the viewer and their taste but if on first glance Christmas with You seems like your type of film then why not give it a view.

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