Inventing the Christmas Prince (2022 Hallmark)

Inventing the Christmas Prince InventingTheChristmasPrince_0320_RT_RV1.jpg Talent: Tamera Mowry-Housley, Isabel Birch, Ronnie Rowe, Photo Credit: ©2022 Hallmark Media/Photographer: Allister Foster

Inventing the Christmas Prince (2022 Hallmark)

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Cast: Tamera Mowry-Housley, Ronnie Rowe

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Synopsis (via Hallmark)

Shelby is about to quit her job as a rocket engineer when her daughter becomes convinced that her Scrooge-like boss, Evan, is the Christmas Prince from a story Shelby invented years ago.

Recap/Wine Thoughts

Tamera tells her class of kids that at the top of the north pole, there is a Christmas he makes Christmas wishes come true. The Christmas prince is pretty adventurous, but one kid is NOT IMPRESSED. Grace loves that her mother skipped her Rocket Scientist job to go and share with the class.

At work, Tamera launches a rocket and celebrates with her handsome hippy co-worker, Lorenzo. The department’s boss is not connected with his employees and has been losing staff because he doesn’t create a welcoming work environment. 

Before bed, Tamera tells Grace more about the Christmas Prince, and there are so many details to this story that it just has to be true. Passed down from generation to generation. One lucky kid gets to make wishes with the Christmas prince. Grace wishes for a star to be the Christmas Queen because she misses her daddy. (The girl has daddy issues.)

At Sattelite Boost Labs, Evan asks his employees to work a full day on Christmas Eve and half a day on Christmas. Tamera freaks out on him and says she has a family. She quits dramatically, but it is totally understandable. Grace was released from school early and comes out of Tamera’s office at the worst moment. Grace thinks that Evan is the Christmas Prince because he has a birthmark on his hand! (The Christmas Prince was kissed by a Reindeer on his hand.)

Tamera doesn’t know what she will do without a job and meets with her friends to wrap presents and gossip. They decide to blackmail Evan into playing the role of the Christmas Prince for her daughter this Christmas. Tamera asks him and says she will not quit if he makes it a special Christmas for Grace since Tamera will be working on Christmas.  

Grace gets into a fight with Sherman about the Christmas Prince and the 12 wishes he will grant her. The list is excessive and includes things like “Make a snowman come to life!” and ” A Pony in the closet.” Evan has no clue how to make these come true. Tamera gives him a makeover, and Evan is not into it! 

Tamera tries to talk Grace out of some of her more extravagant and gets it down from 12 to 8 wishes. 

The first wish is a Christmas Sleepover, and it sends Evan into a panic. He is overwhelmed by children because he never really was a child himself. He tries to tell the kids a sleepover story but dry and boring. The kids think he is funny and Grace even draws him a picture. Then she changes her wish to send Tamera and Evan on a date. 

The date doesn’t go great because Evan can’t do small talk. (He asks her about carrots?!?!) He rudely asks WHY Grace even needs to have a special Christmas anyway. Tamera clarifies that her husband DIED, leaving Grace FATHERLESS. 

Evan decides to give it a try and goes to Tea with Grace. He is nervous, but his sister tells him to just be in the moment. Evan steps up and realizes that Grace is just looking for some bonding time. Tamera becomes worried because what if Grace grows to close to Evan and has the same heartbreak when he leaves after Christmas.

Evan and Tamera look at the stars on the roof of the building, which should really have a better telescope. She tells him about a single mother’s group that she made after her husband died. Evan tells her that he admires her ability to get things done, and he also tells her that she is excellent at her job. This reminded me that he is her boss, and I don’t really like that they are starting to fall in love because that makes for a weird work environment. 

Evan’s soft, chewy center starts showing, and he brings cookies into the office and tells everyone they won’t have to work Christmas after all. Evan gets a call from his boss, who tells him that he is still under review.

Grace gives up a wish so kids can get more toys at the toy drive. To reward her for her selfless behavior with a keyboard. Evan tells a nice story to go with it to make the moment more special for Grace. 

Once Grace goes to bed, Evan stays to talk to Tamera and get to know her better. He asks about her husband, and Tamera tells Evan that her husband was solid and dependable, which made his death feel like an abandonment.

The movie rushes through some wishes because we got to keep this movie moving! The only two wishes left are the Toy Drive and The Christmas Dance.

Tamera gets a job offer from a rival rocket science place and would have to start after the new year. She turns down the job after some reflection. 

It is time for the big dance, but Evan has a vital work meeting scheduled for the same time. The entire board is flying in for the meeting. (Have they never heard of Zoom?) Tamera is upset with herself for creating a bad scenario and having to let her daughter down. Grace is heartbroken but is sure that he will keep his promise and come to the dance because she believes in him.

 At the board meeting, they tell Evan he has made remarkable improvements to his team and promote him to explore Saturn’s moons for habitability. He happily accepts. 

Tamera leaves the dance to call Evan and tell him that she is in love with him. He loves her too and shows up in a horse-drawn carriage and in full prince attire, giving Grace the Christmas wish she really wanted. They ride off, and he has a crown for Tamera as well. They kiss and laugh. The end!

Side Note

Sherman, man, what a problem child! 

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Overall rating

Christmas Feels

🎄🎄🎄🎄 (4 Christmas Trees)

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷🍷🍷 (4 glasses of wine.)

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