Christmas Love Letter (2019 Lifetime)
Synopsis (via Lifetime)
When relationship advice columnist Amalie Hess receives an unsigned love letter in a Christmas card, she returns to her hometown to solve the mystery of who sent it and maybe find true love.
Amalie is extra AF! She thinks her boyfriend Bruce is going to propose and plans to write about it for her column. The woman even practices her engagement faces. Her boss is skeptical and tells Amalie to plan another story for the Christmas column. The boss is wrong, the boyfriend proposes. It is just in the most unromantic and lackluster way. (He makes eggplant and passes her an engagement ring like he is passing the salt.)
Back at work, Amalie gets a letter. A CHRISTMAS LOVE LETTER. It is from an anonymous writer and thank her for giving him the best Christmas of his life. Since she has had so many boyfriends, she isn’t quite sure who it could be. Amalie goes home to investigate. She goes into the woods and looks through an old box buried in the woods and unfolds pictures while writing down the names of past boyfriends.
- Will Rivers
- Joseph Harrington
- Sander Monk
She runs into Ian McCallister and his daughter. The daughter tells Amalie that he is her biggest dad fan and reads all her columns. Amalie lost tabs on him but is happy he is back in town. They are old friends, and he couldn’t have possibly written the letter. Amalie asks Ian about the letters and is he knows if any of her past boyfriends are in town. He tells her to visit Demi. (Her high school BFF.) Demi helps her track down her exes.
Ian has a funny look about him. Does Ian make ROBOT DOGS?!?! Yes, he does — realistic robot dogs.
The first up is Joeseph Harrington. He remembers her hot cocoa order and that she likes to play chess. Amalie thinks he is the one and tells him about the letter while holding his hand. Joe’s fiance shows up and is very jealous and mean. It isn’t pretty.
Next up is Will Rivers. Amalie asks Ian to go with him to his fishing/hunting store. He has a bizarre laugh and literally reels her in like a fish, which is gross. She asks him about the love letters, and he can stop making fishing puns. “It’s dolphinately a Christmas tuna remember.” Then he invites her to see his aquarium. She declines and leaves. Sander Monk overhears the conversation and looks evil.
Amalie takes some writing assignments for Demi while she is in town to make some extra money. Her father is having some financial troubles of his own. He is behind on the bills. He is invested in Amalie, getting with Ian, and tells her that Ian is a widow. Then she gets another anonymous letter. The writer asks her to meet him at the hayride.
At the hayride, it is Sander Monk who claims to have written the letter. He is in a leather jacket and has “moves,” but really, he is a jerk. They ride in a one-horse open sleigh, and he tries to get her drunk on spiked hot chocolate. Then they talk about hockey. (She pretended to like hockey when they were dating.)
Demi and Ian compare notes about the love letter. Ian admits that he wrote the anonymous Christmas love letter, and his daughter sent it without his knowledge. Sanders Monk is a liar. Demi tells him that Amalie is not engaged. Then she pulls him by the collar and demands he gets ready to win her love back.
After a conversation with her father, Amalie realizes that she changes herself for men that she is dating. Even down to her hot chocolate order. Amalie goes to the 99 Hot Cocoa diner with Ian’s daughter and tries all the flavors in a montage. Her fav is the original flavor with three marshmallows. Everyone claps. The daughter not only helps Amalie pick her favorite flavor she also cast doubts on Sanders Monk.
Amalie confronts Sanders Monk, and they get into a fight. He lied about sending the letter to her house, but she received the letter at her office. They break up.
At a Christmas party, Ian and his daughter reveal the robot dog. (No one is weirded out by this, and I’m wondering if this is an episode of Black Mirror.) Then everyone sings “Deck the Halls” really loudly. Amalie is going to write the column about the robot dog helping the elderly.
Ian is about to tell Amalie that he wrote the letter when Bruce shows up. Bruce asks for a second chance and makes “romantic” hay barrels covered with candles. (Not dangerous at all!) He makes a passionate speech and then starts sneezing like crazy. He is allergic to hay and copied the set up from her Instagram and stole the speech from her column. She rejects his proposal and realizes that she loves Ian.
Amalie goes home and learns that her father’s senior center is saved. She also gets an anonymous letter telling her to meet him in her secret place. (Where she had her box of memories.) It is decorated with Christmas lights, and her favorite hot chocolate is there. Ian makes a speech, and she remembers now. She should have known it was him. They kiss, and his daughter throws glitter at them. Then it snows, and they are all a happy family.
Minority Report: Demi
I liked the music direction in this movie.
🎄🎄🎄 (3 Christmas Trees)
🍷🍷🍷 (3 glasses of wine required)
*Photo Credit: © 2019 Lifetime