The Truth About Christmas (2018 Freeform)

The Truth About Christmas

Stars: Kali Hawk, Damon Dayoub, Ali Ghandour

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Synopsis (via Freeform)

Follows Jillian, a successful political consultant, confident in her ability to put a spin on anything whose next big project is the upcoming mayoral campaign for her boyfriend, George. On the way to meet George’s family for the first time during the holidays, an unusual confrontation with a toy store Santa results in a drastic change in Jillian where she can’t stop herself from wildly spilling the truth. Jillian must find a way to make it stop before her holidays, her job and her relationship are ruined.

Thoughts

Jillian’s boyfriend, George, is in politics and she is by his side sending him texts when he forgets his speeches. They are a political power couple. He is running for mayor and is against the City Oasis Project. The will announce he is running on Christmas. Jillian cancels on her friend who is hosting a pancake breakfast for her boyfriend to go smooze with some donors. (Santa is not having it!)

While doing shots of tequila, Jillian tells her friend that she has gotten two job offers for her works with George. His parents also don’t know that Jillian and George are living together. Jillian forgets to get George’s niece a toy called a Poppy Dot. Jillian and her BFF, Zoey, go to a toy store, that has one left. A kid snags it first and Jillian attempts to bribe her, emotionally manipulate her, and lie for the little girl to give it to her. Santa sees and tells her she doesn’t know her anymore and strokes his beard.

A George’s family mansion, the family embraces her until she insults Grandma’s soup, multiple times. The Poppy Dot tells her that “no one likes a liar” and that is just it. Jillian can’t lie to embarrassing effects. She tells George’s Mom that her and George are living together, insults her painting, and admits to doing shots of Tequila. She calls her friend, Zoey, and tells her what is happening and is freaking out, pretty comically. I mean she is not Jim Carey but I’m enjoying it. To avoid talking to George’s grandma, Jillian climbs out a window and is caught by Georges brother, Blake. (Who is wielding an axe and sex appeal.)

George needs to know what is up. Why is Jillian out of control she told his family about his Botox and veneers. She comes clean about her theory about the Poppy Dot and Santa putting a Christmas spell on her for lying to the little girl in the store. George puts her to bed and they tell each other the love one another. The Poppy Dot calls her a liar and she is about to throw it in the fire when Blake shows up. She gives it to him and his is confused.

George’s parents tell him that Jillian is pretty but kind of a lot. He tells them she just needs rest and he is planning to marry her.

The next morning, Jillian still can’t lie and is avoiding George’s family at all cost. (Thank God for the window.) She begs Zoey to help her get to the bottom of this before the political symphony event. Zoey agrees and goes

At breakfast, Jillian admits to lying to George their whole relationship. Blake also admits to lying to impress a girl and so do George’s parents. They all bond over these stories and Jillian admits that she lies about not being hungry. The family gives her all the food and it is pretty funny. George’s sister and her “husband” are inspired by all the truth telling and admit that they never eloped and are not actually married.

Zoey finds Gucci Santa at a bar and tells him that Jillian is a decent person and has learned her lesson. He tells Zoey that it will end when it ends. She tries to reason with him but her turns back into bargain bin Santa.  (It is a visual cue and pretty effective with visual cues and bring in that Christmas magic.)

Jillian realizes that she can’t go to the high profile symphony event and goes with Blake and Grandma to their Cousins Place, which turns out to be a bar where they are fulfilling toy and food donations for families that can’t afford to do Christmas. Then they deliver the gifts to all the families. (Funny you have to go to Freeform to see someone giving back fro Christmas, instead of fighting to keep a tradition alive they are fighting to keep people enjoying Christmas even if they don’t have the means to.) Blake puts the whole thing together and doesn’t want credit for doing a good deed. After they deliver gifts and have some drinks, Karaoke happens and Jillian goes up on stage and does a stand up set? She turns it around and encourage everyone to appreciate Blake. She wins a trophy? Haha what is happening????!?!?!?!?!?!

George invites everyone over from the symphony and Jillian cannot avoid them. She runs upstairs and talks to Zoey. George knocks on the door and she it out the window for a third time. A political figure asks Zoey what is up and he holds him accountable for his crooked politics. Getting his backing would mean more donors and political connections, but she ruined it. She runs off crying and apologizing.

Jillian passes a bargain bin Santa and goes to sit in a park alone. Then Gucci Santa shows up! He tells her that people think they know what they want. Jillian didn’t realize how much she lied in her life. She is ashamed of herself. He tells her that she can say anything she’d like and “ho ho ho’s” away. Jillian runs back to George to tell him that she is sorry and that she think he will make a great mayor. George is about to propose to Jillian and she tells him the truth that she doesn’t think they are right for each other and she needs to find her own path. She asks him to understand and he does!

The next morning, Jillian coordinates the mayor announcement and brings George to the pancake breakfast. She announces that she is running for city council and is an indepent woman who doesn’t need no man. Yes Freeform, thank you Freeform coming to play this season.

Side Note

Minority Report: Jillian, Blake, and George. (The boys Characters are portrayed as white though.)

Overall rating

🎄🎄🎄(3 Christmas Trees)

🍷🍷🍷(3 glasses of wine required)

*Photo Credit: © 2018 Lifetime

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