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A Christmas Exchange 2020 Movie Review Poster Trailer Online
Director: Justin G. Dyck
Writers: Barbara Hannay (novel), Neale Kimmel
Stars: Laura Vandervoort, Rainbow Sun Francks, Yanic Truesdale
Most of us will be spending more of the holiday season at home than in years past. Rather than recommend films that might summon family complaints of “didn’t we see that last year,” we did a deep dive into a batch of 13 Christmas movies that are new—and new to us. Some of these are recent arrivals to popular streaming services; others are entirely new, having been released—like so many new movies in 2020—directly to home viewers. We hope you enjoy our picks.
This holiday season, Molly Cooper swaps her snow covered farmhouse for Patrick Kensington’s posh London apartment. While enjoying Christmas time in the UK, Molly begins to look forward to every communication with Patrick. Likewise, Patrick finds Molly’s warm emails and texts charming and compelling. Sparks fly between them as they get to know each other and fall in love as they live in each other’s spaces. Coming home for Christmas Day, Molly is greeted to a new life and a new love. (x)
In My Humble Opinion: Has anyone else noticed that during every Lifetime premiere they say they are honoring a different member of the military but it’s always the same person? Karen Gibson, retired military general, why are you the only person Lifetime wants to salute? Does this have anything to do with A Christmas Exchange? No. Should we talk about it because it’s weird? Yes. It’s very weird! Lifetime couldn’t find any other veteran!!!!!
Sorry. I got distracted. Let’s talk about A Christmas Exchange, a movie that dares ask the question: Would The Holiday (2006) have been a better movie if it was about Kate Winslet and Cameron Diaz falling in love?
My answer is no. Maybe, that’s because I have a strong affection for Jack Black’s performance in The Holiday and the entire Los Angeles plotline. Or maybe, it’s because A Christmas Exchange can’t commit to the premise.
Yes, the two leads exchange houses and e-mails and become close while they are houseswapping, but halfway through the male lead decides to go back to his original house in London to lie to the female lead and fall in love with her in person and suddenly, I was very confused. To make things worse, after the male lead’s deception was revealed and the female lead cusses him out, he goes back to the female lead’s house in America??????? WHY? What is the timeline of this movie??????? None of this makes sense to me???
So maybe there is a version of The Holiday about the houseswappers falling in love with each other that works magnificently. A Christmas Exchange is not that movie though. It’s too nonsensical for that.
Though still not as nonsensical as Lifetime only finding one military veteran worth honoring this year though. How did that happen??? Was it intentional?? I’ll have to live with never knowing.
Watch If: You look like a cider girl, if your plants like to listen to classical music or if you have never seen a snowblower in your life.
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