To me, Christmas isn’t over until we hit January 1st, so… let’s keep watching!
Release date: November 22nd, 2018.
‘The Christmas Contract’ Movie Recap
A recently-single woman dreads the thought of going back to her home town in Louisiana for Christmas when she finds out her ex-boyfriend will be there with his new girlfriend.
For all you One Tree Hill fans out there (maybe 2019 will be the year I FINALLY watch that show), this Christmas movie will be the one for you this holiday season, because you are treated to not one, not two, but THREE, cast members starring in the wonderful Lifetime original, The Christmas Contract.
Hilarie Burton (aka. Peyton Sawyer) stars as the leading female, Jolie Guidry. A recently single woman in need of a man on her arm during the Christmas holidays, to make her ex-boyfriend Foster see how over him she is, now he also has a new woman on his arm. Robert Buckley (aka. Clay Evans) plays the leading man, Jack Friedman, an upcoming novelist who is in need of a big break.
It’s safe to see that Jolie and Jack are not particularly friendly with one another, due to the small argument we see regarding who should have given the speech at Jack’s sisters wedding, played by Daneel Ackles (aka. Rachel Scott), Naomi Friedman.
Naomi is Jolie’s best friend, after being Jack’s sister and it is her that comes up with ‘The Christmas Contract’. For starters, the two are against the idea of spending time together in Jolie’s hometown of Louisiana – Jolie would rather have anyone but Jack and Jack is too busy with his writing to play fake boyfriend to anyone.
During a meeting, Jack is offered a ghost writing job involving a romance, which he immediately declines, however, he is persuaded when he finds out that the story is set in Louisiana – now with an open opportunity to explore the town he needs to write about, he agrees to the contract and let the fake relationship commence!
Jolie takes Jack on a tour of Louisiana, where they chat over hot chocolate, make paper roses, dance under the stars, learning about one another etc. Everything Jack needs to ghostwrite this romance novel. Jack’s mission of seeking out romance made him realize just how wonderful Jolie is, vice versa for her – only Jack has a motive.
Robert and Hilarie’s connection throughout was magnetic and made the movie that extra bit special. Whether it comes down to their acting or their real life bond, I don’t know, but I love it! Foster, however, sure loved to stick his nose where it doesn’t belong, pushing Jolie even more in to Jack’s arms. Jealousy is an ugly trait, Foster.
It took another man walking in to Jolie’s life for Foster to realize what he was missing, whereas for Jack, he – eventually – appreciated Jolie the way she is and you do find out why there was tension between the two of them to start off with, but I’ll keep that a little secret!
I also just didn’t see an instant connection, or one at all, between Jolie and Foster. Their relationship seemed very forced due to them being high school sweethearts. It’s all they’ve ever known and moving away from that is more out of their comfort zone.
Of course, Jolie finds out about Jack’s little project and immediately banishes him from her life, however, the scene where Jack makes it up to Jolie was so beautiful and so well thought out… I have to say, I may have welled up. From such a tense and non-existent friendship to a blossoming romance, it was all just so wonderful and I know it would have been even more wonderful if I actually got a move on with watching OTH. For all you OTH fans though, this one is for you.
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