Finding Father Christmas (2016 Hallmark Movies and Mysteries)

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Finding Father Christmas 
Starring: Erin Krakow & Wendie Malick (from Just Shoot Me)

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Synopsis
Christmas for Miranda (Erin Krakow) is a painful reminder of the family she never had. Her mother died when she was young, never revealing the identity of her father. But, three days before Christmas, she unexpectedly receives a clue as to his whereabouts that takes her to a beautiful New England town where she meets Ian, a young man who helps with her search. As the clues lead to her father’s identity and Miranda discovers the possibility of love with Ian.This Christmas promises to be life-changing for Miranda with a new chance at life and love.

Thoughts
Hallmark is not going light on the Christmas deaths this year. Miranda’s mother is an actress performing in A Christmas Carol. While performing SHE DIES ON STAGE. Leaving Miranda an orphan, because she doesn’t know who her mom’s baby daddy was.

Flash forward 25 years and Miranda gets a box of old things from an old actor friend of her mothers. This box has lots of clues to Mirandas mothers past including a program for a production of the tempest and a locket, it all points her to Vermont. So she gets all Nancy Drew and goes there to investigate.

This movie sure painted theatre actors in a terrible light. Never there for their kids or family, due to performing. Miranda is so traumatized by her actor mother, she can’t even step foot into the theater. It is Ian (Vermont townie) who bring her back to the theater when he has to fill in for his Dad in the towns production of Christmas Carol. They run line and go over blocking to get him ready for the big show. (Falling in love while they do it!)

THEN it’s show night and Ian wears the weirdest wig and beard combo I’ve ever seen. It is terrifying, actually. The production itself is the most rinky-dink stage to be filmed in a Halmark Christmas movie, so far. (Even the Christmas pageant in the Anne Hatche one looked better).

Later at a dinner party, Wendie Malick (from Just Shoot Me) unravels the mystery, that wasn’t too mysterious. So, Miranda Finds Father Christmas!!! (Like the title suggests)

Side Note
Wendie Malick’s plastic surgeon is doing great work. She looks great, even if she can’t move her face.

The whole movie I feared, Ian’s father would turn out to be Miranda’s father and then it would get weird. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen.

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Overall rating
🎄🎄 (2 Christmas Trees)
🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷(5 glasses of wine required)

 

*images via: Hallmark Gold Crown Media

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