Well Suited for Christmas (2022 Lifetime)

Well Suited for Christmas

Well Suited for Christmas (2022 Lifetime)

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Cast: Mercedes de la Zerda, Franco Lo Presti

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Fashion designer Rachel Rocca (de la Zerda) lands a spot in a design competition to create a tuxedo for one of the city’s most eligible bachelors, Brett Stone (Presti), for a Christmas charity gala. As Rachel begins to unthread his well-spun public image, she discovers the true reason behind his Christmas charity, and they find themselves falling in love.

He Recap/Wine Thoughts

Rachel Rocca and Dhruvi Patel are high school friends who opened a storefront menswear boutique. They put men in daring, bold colors and prepped for a Christmas Gala auctioning off NYC’s finest bachelors.  

Rachel goes to meet said bachelor and bumps into a handsome man on the phone. She thinks he is talking to her, and they laugh about it. The conversation quickly turns south when he unknowingly disses her work to her face. Stating that he only wears black and thinks colored suits are trashy. 

In the meeting room, the designers are all given candy canes and matched with a designer. Rachel matches with the rude stranger, an eligible bachelor, Brett Stone. Rachel is horrified and calls Dhruvi, who looks him up online and is impressed. Brett is the creator of a social media network.

To add to Rachel’s stress, she is hosting her parents for Christmas from Bolivia. (Or maybe Milwaukee, haha) Rachel has her dad tag along for a meeting with Brett Stone. They all vote on the suit color, and it is a tie. Rachel’s mother turns against her and votes for black. Brett’s sister/assistant votes for color. For Rachel, the colors mean more than just being bold; it is a nod to her Abuela; she used to say, “You have to face the storm to see the rainbow.” 

Brett Stone is very handsome and set in his ways, but he isn’t totally heartless. He is about giving physical and emotional shelter to needy kids, which is pretty cool. He hosts a big brother program called NYC Foster and has been mentoring a teenager named Demario.

A Christmas Tree lighting happens as well as Christmas Tree shopping. Brett invites Rachel and her family to decorate the tree at his place with Demario, and they all enjoy spending time together. Brett even spends time alone with Rachel’s parents while she works. 

Rachel finally does a fitting with Brett, realizing that she might have feelings for him or she is at least attracted to him. (I gotta say this was a missed opportunity for a shirtless hunk or at least a tank top!) Brett and Rachel’s relationship deepens, and they even kiss while baking. Rachel does a fitting for Brett, and the colorfully floral suit doesn’t work for him. Brett opens up about WHY he only wears black. He was a foster kid who wore a black suit, and he got adopted! (J/K, he just felt good about himself and has always worn black since.)

On the other hand, Demario looks excellent in the suit that Rachel designs for him. It is a mint green suit that shouldn’t work, but with Demario’s confidence, he nails the look. Demario encourages Brett to be himself and open up to Rachel.

Brett is basically Bruce Wayne, brooding and troubled. Brett does this and talks to Rachel about his mother, who loved the holidays. He doesn’t have any Christmas traditions because she died when he was so young. Rachel thanks him for being open and honest with her. He tells her to appreciate her parents while she has them and kisses her hand. It is a sweet moment to take a risk in a relationship and receive it well. 

Atticus, another designer, has his bachelor suddenly become engaged and has to pull out of the competition. Rachel and Dhruvi are happy to have one less competitor. Rachel meets with Brett and fires him as her bachelor while eating Chinese from the carton. (My favorite RomCom trope.) Atticus takes Brett on and has no issue designing a black tux that looks great on Brett. Rachel has Demario modle for her.

A cute reporter interviews the bachelors for a story and is gossiping with the photographer about how Brett is a tough nut to crack. Rachel’s dad overhears the conversation and scolds them for being unkind at Christmas. He also eludes to Brett’s rocky past, which sends the reporter digging into Brett’s history. The story draft is sent to Brett for comment, and he thinks Rachel has leaked what he told her in confidence. 

Rachel makes a deal with the Gala event to donate all the money Demario makes at the auction to pay for his college tuition at NYU. When Demario shares this with Brett, he asks him if it seems like Rachel would betray his trust, and Brett realizes that he has been quick to judge. Brett rushes to apologize to Rachel, but she is already at the gala. Rachel’s parents tell him that he and Rachel are meant to be together. 

The Christmas Gala goes off without a hitch! (Even though Demario’s suit looks like a picnic tablecloth.) Brett gives the auditor cards to read, and he tells the truth about his past before the news story can come out. After the auction, Rachel and Brett slow dance. He tells her that there is only one woman he wants to date, Rachel. She agrees, but only if she can pick the suit he wears. Brett tells her he can pick all his suits for the rest of his life. They kiss.

Rachel wins the design challenge, and it is great publicity for her brand. She takes a photo with Demario and Brett. Before the photo is taken, Brett adds a flower to his lapel. Then they make out some more. 

Everyone dances and hugs! The end!

Side Note

Minority Report:  Rachel, Her Parents, Dhruvi, Demario, Reporter, Photographer, 

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Overall rating

Christmas Feels

🎄🎄🎄 (3 Christmas Trees)

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷🍷 (3 glasses of wine.)

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2 Comments

  1. Good writeup as usual, but regarding the Minority Report, you left out Atticus Winters (Rachel’s fellow designer friend) and his unnamed husband who he apparently met through the bachelor auction (where’s THAT Christmas movie, Lifetime?)
    Not that I fault for it, especially regarding the unnamed husband, who only appears near the end and doesn’t even have a single line of dialogue.

    1. Thank you, Trevor! I admit I haven’t been paying attention to this as closely this year. I’ve been wondering if the Minority Report is still as necessary since the TV networks have been doing so much better with representation and inclusion. DM me your thoughts. I’d love to know what you think.

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