Christmas Comes Twice (2020 Hallmark)
Cast: Brendon Zub, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Ben Wilkinson
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Synopsis (via Hallmark)
Emily is the top micropaleontologist and geochemist who has achieved her dreams but has regrets about the guy who got away five years earlier. When the Christmas carnival comes to town, a ride around the carousel takes her magically back in time to the carnival five years before… giving her a second chance at love before she must return to Christmas present, pick forams and run the GC.
Cheryl works in Washington, DC as a senator’s aide. She goes home for the holidays with her sister, Trish. Their parents have downsized and live in a townhouse. Cheryl wants things to remain the same and doesn’t handle change well. The sisters go to the town square and check out the hot Mayor, Tarrence. George spoils it and bumps into them with a Christmas tree. He is Cheryl’s ex-boyfriend, and they have a rocky relationship.
A magic carousel pops up out of nowhere, and Cheryl takes a spin. When she gets off, her sister is wearing a different coat; the Mayor is not the Mayor anymore, George thinks he is her boyfriend, oh and it is 2015. Things are too much for Cheryl when she sees Ms. Nelson, who recently died, she faints. She storms off, confused and ANGRY.
When she wakes up, Cheryl confides in Ms. Nelson that she thinks she may have time traveled. Ms. Nelson is surprisingly supportive! Cheryl’s mother, on the other hand, thinks her daughter has gotten to the eggnog. Cheryl sees the value in reliving her life and enjoys all the things she was annoyed that were changing at the beginning of the movie.
Cheryl starts using her memories for good and helps prevent bad things from happening. She is still rude to George, though! He is the only other person she told about the time traveling, and he believes her. They inexplicably compete teaching a science club. The go on science field trips
Trish wants to open a restaurant, but Cheryl knows that her restaurant fails and tries to talk her out of living her dream. It is sad. Trish then drinks wine and eats cookies while venting to Ms. Nelson, who matters much less in this movie than I thought.
The date with Mayor, not Mayor, Tarrence happens. Cheryl realizes that she doesn’t have that much in common with him. He is obsessed with becoming Mayor and can’t talk about anything else. He is pretty selfish. Cheryl finds herself going back to George to tell him about the awful date. They are starting to have more of a spark.
On a job interview for the congress aide job, Cheryl intentionally tries to bomb it, but he ends up loving her and makes an even better offer for the job. Rewriting history isn’t easy. Cheryl begins to like teaching the science club and talks to Ms. Nelson about it. Ns Nelson says teaching has been the best gift. Cheryl starts to rethink what matters to her in life.
Cheryl wants to stay in town and be with George, but the projects she was working on in DC in the future are important too. Cheryl has one last talk with Ms. Nelson and shares that she is very thankful for her and everything she has done. She then rushes to tell George that she loves him but sees the merry go round and jumps on. It immediately starts spinning, and she calls out that she loves George.
Cheryl is back and 2020… and she wishes she could go back again. Trish is opening her restaurant and Cheryl is supportive this time around. Cheryl looks for the stars she discovered and George joins her. He has been waiting for her the whole time. He heard Cheryl call out that she is falling in love with her, he was just waiting for her to catch up. They kiss! The End!
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