A Christmas Spark (2022 Lifetime)

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A Christmas Spark

A Christmas Spark (2022 Lifetime)

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Cast: Jane Seymour, Joe Lando

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Synopsis (via Lifetime)

Recently widowed Molly (Seymour) has lost her zest for life and given up on ever finding love again. But when she decides to visit her daughter for Christmas, she has no idea what holiday magic is in store for her. A former drama teacher, Molly reluctantly takes on the job of directing the town’s Christmas pageant and soon finds herself falling for her leading man, Hank (Lando), the town’s most eligible bachelor. As Molly and the irrepressible Hank fall in love, she rediscovers her inner free spirit and finds a new lease on life. And when the star of the pageant loses her voice moments before the show, it will be up to Molly to step into the spotlight and shine brightly for the first time in her life.

Recap/Wine Thoughts

Molly takes care of everyone but herself. Her best friend Cass wants her to do something adventurous because it is Molly’s first Christmas without her husband, Greg. (Who lost his battle with cancer. Molly was his primary caregiver.) Molly’s daughter, Kristin, also calls to tell her mother that she won’t be coming home for Christmas this year because Steve has to work over the holiday. Steve and Kristin ask Molly to come to New Hampshire for the holidays. 

At the airport, Molly forgets to bring her granddaughter, Tofino, a box of Salt Water Taffy. A man named Hank Marshall fights over the last box but eventually gives in and buys the box for Molly, which she appreciates. 

Molly has a hard time relaxing at her daughter’s house. She straightens ups the house and re-decorates the Christmas tree. Kristin insists that her mom let her hair down and brings her to a local theater. It is there that she runs into Hank. Molly pays him back for Taffy. 

Molly meets a group of ladies who love Christmas. There is Bunny and a married couple: Ayako and Liana. They are known as the Christmas cookies and need someone to direct the Christmas play. Kristin is happy that her mother will have something to do! 

They host auditions and cue the bad actor montage! Molly recruits Hank to play Santa in the play and bribes him with taffy. Hank is also a writer and wants to rework the whole script. Molly wants to stick to tradition. 

Molly takes Hank to a coffee shop to work on his acting because he isn’t that good. Then he takes her on a motorcycle and gets pulled over by the police. She and Hank have a lot of fun! The Christmas Cookie gals tell Molly to go for it!

Which Molly does after a pipe burst, ruins the set and costumes for the play. She rewrites the whole thing with Hank and calls it A Christmas Spark! They have a spark too and share a romantic meal together.

Kristin encourages her mother to date again and invites Hank to their house for dinner. The family sees Molly and Hank’s chemistry, and Molly even considers selling her house and moving to town. It is time to let things go and start with someone new, like Hank!

Hank tells Molly that she is a dream come true. He shows her a pyramid he made out of Christmas lights and says that he wants to travel the world with her. Molly turns him down. 

Kristin invents Christmas Taffy and shows her mother what she has come up with. Molly is impressed with her daughter, and Kristin tells her that it is hard living up to Molly’s expectations. Molly tells Kristin that she wants her to be herself and realizes she has been using Kristin’s life to fill up her life.

It is the night of the play, and the relationship is strained between Molly and Hank. Molly decides to use her spark and start a new chapter with Hank. They tell one another that they love each other. 

Kristin interrupts the makeout session to let them know that the show is sold out, and she starts a live stream to add $2000 in revenue. The theater is saved!!!

Molly has to go at the last min when Bunny pretends to have lost her voice.

Cut to the play that features TERRIFYING TWIN ELVES and TALKING SNOWMAN! The play actually looks really, really stupid. (Adults dancing around as snowflakes and reindeer.) We see way more than we need to. 

Molly comes on as the Christmas star and talks about shining your light wherever you go or something like that. The show ends to a standing ovation. Hank tells her she is his star.

On Christmas, Hank gives Molly a star that he broke earlier in the movie that was sentimental to her. They kiss. The end! 

Side Note

Minority Report: Cass, Steve, Tofino, 

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Christmas Trees represent the Christmas vibes. 

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Overall rating

Christmas Feels

🎄 🎄 🎄 (3 Christmas Tree) 

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷 (2 glasses of wine.)

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