Christmas In Evergreen: Bells Are Ringing (2020 Hallmark)
Synopsis (via Hallmark)
As Michelle’s wedding approaches, Hannah steps up to help finish the launch of the new Evergreen museum while questioning her relationship and future with Elliot.
The movie starts with a storybook recap because who the heck remembers what happens in these. This is the fourth. It is Hannah’s turn to tell her story about Christmas in Evergreen. She runs the town store with her husband, Elliot. They kiss in the first scene, so that is out of the way.
Hannah meets with Evergreen all-stars Michelle (Holly Robinson Peete) and Carol Shaw (Barbara Nevin.) I think they have been in every Evergreen movie. They discuss the town museum and inspire Hannah to be the manager and oversee the grand opening. Also back is Ezra. He has been in Boston and is now an out and proud gay man! (Zac Hug has stealthily worked in the LGBTQ+ character for a while at Hallmark. I thank him for that.) Zoe is also back from Paris.
I’m sorry I have to call her by her real name she is too iconic, mayor Holly Robinson Peete is planning a Christmas wedding. Her sister Sonya comes to town to help and is overwhelmed with the Christmasy town. She is almost a hater, well, as much of a hater you could be in a Hallmark movie. She will come around to the town’s charm. Sonya has had a falling out with their father, and he might not come to the wedding.
Jeb Cooper arrives in town like a black cloud. He wants to stop the museum from being built. His twin sisters gave it to Hannah without consulting him. Mr. Cooper reviews the contract and insists that he does not consent to the sale. He wants to save the hat factory that will now become the museum. He eventually gets half of the admission sales.
A Nestle Toll House commercial happens in the movie, and I gotta say, those cookies look good.
A winter storm puts a wrench in everyone’s holiday plans. Holly Robinson Peete’s fiance Thomas might not make it into town for the wedding. She turns things around and decides to throw a town party instead. HRP is amazing.
Elliot and Hannah are not on the same page. She wants to stay in town and create the museum, and he wants to move to the city. They decide to break up and figure out what is important to them. (You can’t break up at Christmas!!!!) A sad montage happens while “Noel” plays and clips of Elliot and Hannah are shown.
Sonya plans an extravagant, not wedding day event with Thomas on a video call. Holly Robinson Peete is touched, and he gives her a preview of her wedding vows. They aren’t the only couple connecting again. Hannah and Elliot play the piano together and contemplate getting back together.
To win over Mr. Cooper, Hannah comes up with a plan to feature his old hats in the museum. It has the opposite effect, and Mr. Cooper is angry, feeling like she is rubbing his failure in his face. He closes down the whole thing. Hannah drives him to the airport, and they run into car trouble. Mr. Cooper goes back to the museum and sees a touching video of his twin sisters and has a change of heart. Also, Santa shows up!
Elliot and Hannah get back together and she is a big success. She gets her happy ending, the only kind that happen in Evergreen. They kiss by a gazebo. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Big fan of writer Zac Hug! He writes women well and also is ready with funny dialogue.
Minority Report: Hannah, Elliot, Michelle, Sonya, David, Thomas,
🎄🎄🎄 (3 Christmas Trees)
🍷🍷🍷 (3 glasses of wine required.)
*Photo Credit: © 2020 Hallmark Crown Media