All I Didn’t Want for Christmas (2022 VH1)

All I Didn’t Want for Christmas (2022 VH1)

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Cast: Gabourey Sidibe, Loretta Devine, Kel Mitchell, Andrew Bushell,

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Synopsis (via VH1)

Emily Harris is not doing great. In a desperate attempt to improve her life and make this Christmas not totally suck, Emily writes a letter to Santa. Fortunately, and unfortunately, her wine-soaked wishes start coming true. P.S. She definitely doesn’t remember most of what she wrote in the letter, so she is in for some uncomfortable surprises. Which eventually leads to some Christmas-fueled soul searching about what she actually wants/needs.

Recap/Wine Thoughts

Emily Harris has a radio show about sad people during the holiday. Oh, wait, no, she doesn’t. She was pretending while the actual radio host was on a break. Emily is his producer and wants to pitch a show called “Ask Emily.” but she will keep her wishes all to herself.

On her way home to get ready for the work Christmas, we see a Christmas village and then go through a Christmas portal to see Santa’s workshop and elves. Wolf is assigned to help the Christmas lost souls. If he doesn’t help them, he will be regulated to work for…. the tooth fairy.

Emily gets ready for the party and does some shots to boost her confidence. She practices her pitch in the mirror, and we see how charming of an actress Gabourey Sidibe is. The rom-com genre suits her well.

At the party, THEY PLAY DUA LIPA?! (VH1 has that soundtrack budget.) Emily does shots with her friend, Sylvie. Emily flirts with the hot IT guy but chickens out. She also doesn’t make the pitch for the on-air job.  

When Butt Kissing Janice gets the DJ gig over Emily, Emily down booze right out of the bottle and drunkenly finds herself at the Christmas village. She screams about Christmas wishes being lies. While drinking more wine, Emily makes a scene but still writes a Christmas letter to Santa. “Dear Ugly Asshole, JKJK Dear Santa” She throws the wish in the mailbox and makes its way to Santa’s workshop. Elf Wolf is assigned to her case.

Emily wakes up in her childhood bedroom. Wish #1 was to be close to her mom, so she is literally in her mother’s house. The wonderful Loretta Devine, has a long list of Christmas activities to do. Then she gives Emily a Nogtini, Christmas Wish #2; she wants to drink all the nogtini this year.

A handsome delivery driver drops off some decorations. He is hot! 

Wolf finds Emily at the trains and tells her she can’t go back to the city because her apartment and job don’t exist. She doesn’t believe him. On her way, she sees a newspaper that says Butt Kissing Jancie is dead from a reindeer leaping accident. Wish #3 Janice would take a fatal leap.

Emily goes back to Santa’s village, and Wolf is there. He reminds her of the night before and tells her that her wishes are coming true. Emily will have to say in this alternate universe unless she can rewrite a new Christmas wish.

Wish #4 is to be the queen of the dance circle.  

Wish #5 for Chet Charles from High school to be crazy in love with her. He sends her a serial killer love letter with a lock of his hair. He is handsome and the town dentist.

Wish #6: To be a boss-ass bitch. She has a booth at the Christmas Fair.

Wish #7: To have a BFF turn her back into her best friend again. Emily sees her former best friend turned enemy/bully, Ginger. They work at the Christmas booth together.

Emily tries to re-wish to return to her life and does so multiple times. It doesn’t work each time, and Emily gets increasingly pissed off. Finally, ending up in a snowpocalypse with fruitcake feet chased by a snow monster. 

Wolf asks for a reset, and he tells Emily that he is a magical elf on his last chance or else he will have to work for the tooth fairy. They get dressed up and walk around town and run into the delivery guy; his name is Wyatt Snowmen. Emily thinks it is a Christmas wish joke and makes fun of him.

A bullying incident from Emily’s childhood has caused Emily to question herself her whole life. Being dumped by her best friend Ginger because she has a “Gummy Tummy.”

It’s Christmas eve eve, and Emily spends some quality time getting her hair done with her mom and shops at the local Christmas market and takes time to enjoy some fun ornaments. Her mother thinks they are distasteful. They get into an argument about the high expectations of perfection that Loretta Devine places on Emily. 

Ginger takes Emily to darts and tells her friend to nibble Wyatt Snowmen’s carrot. (Ginger is a lot.) Emily does some shots and talks to Wyatt at the bar. Ginger tells Emily that he totally likes her. Chet Charles interrupts with a random serenade. He is obsessed. Emily yells that she isn’t interested, so Wyatt knows she is into him. 

Wolf has dinner with Loretta Devine and tries to get her to see her daughter’s perspective. 

Emily finally confronts Ginger about the childhood incident, and she doesn’t remember. The conversation is interrupted by a dance party. Wyatt dance and mimes her to the bar, and she tells him that she wants to kiss him but chickens out. 

It is the night of the Christmas decoration contest, and Loretta Devine is high-strung about winning. Wyatt is the bartender at the event and makes flirty faces. The tension between Emily and her mother and goes off on everyone at the party. Finally, saying how she feels about everything. Then she punches a Christmas tree. It is very cathartic. 

Then everyone has a dance party.

Emily laughs to herself in disbelief. She is a boss-ass bitch. Her mother comes to apologize for making her daughter feel anything less than perfect. Ginger is next to apologize for how she acted in high school and doesn’t like who she was in high school—taking her insecurities out on her best friend. Wyatt comes in next and kisses Emily.

Back at the Santa Village, Emily writes everything she learned. Then she flashes back to the party to dance with everyone. It looks fun!

Emily wakes up on Christmas, and Wolf is sitting by her bedside. He tells her that it worked! Everything is back, and she knows how to ask for what she needs and hopefully hates Christmas a little bit less. 

Emily finds Wyatt at the town bar, and he makes her a Santa Claus-mapolotin. Emily gets her radio show. Ask Emily! Her mom calls in to tell her how proud she is of her daughter. 

Wolf gets a promotion at Santa’s workshop, and they have a dance party. The tooth fairy is behind a glass window and is genuinely terrifying.  

Side Note

This is so my type of Christmas movie!

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Overall rating

 Christmas Vibes:🎄🎄🎄 (3 Christmas Trees)

Enjoyment Level: 🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 (5 glasses of wine.)

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