USS Christmas (2020 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)

Hunk.

USS Christmas (2020 Hallmark Movies & Mysteries)

Cast: Jen LilleyTrevor DonovanBarbara Niven

Listen to the Lifetime Uncorked Podcast here! 

Please buy me a coffee (or glass of 🍷 Support Lifetime Uncorked by leaving a $3 tip. 

Synopsis (via Hallmark)

Maddie, a reporter for a Norfolk newspaper, embarks on a Tiger Cruise during Christmastime, where she meets a handsome naval officer and stumbles upon a mystery in the ship’s archive room.

Thoughts

Maddie is a reporter and is invited to write a story about her fighter pilot sister on her navy ship called the Tiger Cruise. At a fancy Navy holiday ball, Maddie accompanies her sister and runs into a woman spilling wine all over her dress. Hunky Lt Billy Jenkins is unimpressed with Maddie because the woman is his date. They toast “to the Navy!” After some consideration, Maddie tells her boss, Mr. Bailey, that she would like to on a Navy Christmas Cruise. He lets her go.

Maddie and her mother, Elizabeth, arrive on base and are given a tour. Maddie is surprised to run into Billy, who flies a plane called “the grinch.” He is a fighter pilot with Maddie’s sister and will also be on the Tiger Cruise. 

At dinner, Maddie learns that Billy’s date to the ball is not his girlfriend. He offers to walk Maddie to her room afterward, and they talk, and sparks fly. Maddie gets an idea for a story and talks with the captain of the ship. He assigns Billy to help her with whatever she needs. She researches the archives and finds journals from the first Tiger Cruise in 1965. (Which includes over stories.) They also find a Santa Suit and an ornament that belongs to a dancer named Doris, who is mentioned in the journal. It is a missed connection story. They look into the woman and track her down to a dance studio that still exists. 

Billy and Maddie visit the studio and find Doris’s protege, who helps get closer to solving the mystery. I know I am watching Hallmark Movies and MYSTERIES, but I’m not too fond of these kinds of movies. I’d rather focus on the romance than the mystery. 

While looking for more information on Doris, Billy and Maddie are handed a flyer for a Christmas showroom. Billy remembers seeing the show and wants to check it out. (Despite preferring the 4th of July to Christmas. Which he thinks is a distraction.) While looking at trains, Maddie talks about her dad, who passed away, and Billy recalls memories with his dad. Then they drink Christmas milkshakes and plan to make new Christmas memories. They are so busy making memories that they almost miss the boat and have to run to catch it. 

Back on the ship, Billy dresses up as Santa for the kids, which is not only heartwarming; it is a turn-on for Maddie, who kisses Billy on the ship deck in the snow. Not thinking that the relationship could work out on land, she ends things before they begin. The ship docks, and they say their goodbyes.

Billy talks to his dad about the divorce that wrecked their relationship. His father tells him he has always been proud of him. 

Meanwhile, Maddie continues to write her story and is surprised when Billy shows up at her work lobby. He asks her on a date, and turns him down because she is worried it will not work out. Billy tells her that he won’t hurt her. 

Maddie buries herself in work and finds Doris and Sam. She sets up a meeting and gives them the ornament; they are very thankful. She writes the story of Tiger Cruise love in an “I’m writing!” montage. Then she spends Christmas Eve with her family. Her mother tells romantic stories about her father and inspires Maddie to reach out to Billy. He declines to talk to her on the phone. 

After reading the article, Billy has a lightbulb moment. He could have a love story like the one she wrote about and runs to Maddie at her favorite diner. She gives him a toy train like the one from his childhood, and he gifts her a snowflake decoration from the ship. Then they slow dance and kiss. The end! 

Side Note

The enjoyable cast and the NAVY save this movie from sinking. The mystery was a little boring, not going to lie. The romance was 100%.

Minority Report: Sarah, Archivist, Kid and his father, 

Don’t forget to listen to the Lifetime Uncorked Podcast available on iTunesStitcherSpotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!

💳 🍾 Your Support is appreciated. You can help by leaving a small $3 tip today! Thank you.  🍾 💳  

Overall rating

🎄🎄🎄 (3 Christmas Trees)

🍷🍷 (2 glasses of wine required.)

*Photo Credit: © 2020 Hallmark Crown Media

Podcast Hiatus: Thank you for listening! Lifetime Uncorked

On October 27th, friend/co-host/producer of Lifetime Uncorked Drewbear suffered a stroke and was admitted to the hospital for emergency surgery. The surgery went well, and doctors are assessing what his road to recovery will look like. Please consider helping by donating to the GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/drews-current-situation The podcast will be taking an indefinite hiatus. (Patrick will continue to run the blog and social media for Lifetime Uncorked. The future of the podcast is unknown at this time. We hope to return in some capacity soon!) We would like to thank our listeners for four years of laughter, Lifetime, and wine. We are pouring it up for you all. — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/lifetime-uncorked/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/lifetime-uncorked/support
  1. Podcast Hiatus: Thank you for listening!
  2. Christmas Preview 2020 #3 (Lifetime Movies)
  3. Christmas Preview 2020 #2 (Lifetime Movies)
  4. Christmas Preview 2020 #1 (Lifetime Movies)
  5. S6 E30- Betty & Coretta (Lifetime Movie)
  6. S6 E29- Deranged Granny (Lifetime Movie)
  7. S6 E28- Poolboy Nightmare (Lifetime Movie)
  8. S6 E27- Secrets in the Basement (Lifetime Movie)
  9. S6 E26- My Daughter Was Stolen (Lifetime Movie)
  10. S6 E25- Homecoming Revenge (Lifetime Movie)

4 Comments

  1. Norfolk does not get as much snow as the film indicates..heavens we may get 1/2 “ every few years…bridge shown in back ground on several scenes is definitely not in Norfolk….Norfolk does not have the tall buildings like shown –

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.