9 November 2020 | Jackbv123
Nice story about family
This movie has a lot of the usual Christmas themes and devices, but with a slightly different feel. The idea of a pair of people, slightly more than acquaintances, getting together to take care of a kid or kids who are not theirs for Christmas is not new. It's also not that common and this approach is unique. Once that is set, they do the usual Christmas movie things, but it's enjoyable. And three preteen kids are three times the fun. There's also a quietly presented backstory that adds a sentimental element.
Katrina Law, as Jessica Lew, and Carlo Marks as Max, have chemistry with each other and the kids. Law gives a slightly restrained performance while Marks at times seems to try too hard to be the fun uncle. Both of these are still appropriate for their characters. Steve Bacic tries to walk a fine line between the demanding responsible CEO and the understanding brother and his demeanor leans toward the former, but it's still appropriate for the character. All three child actors display just the right amount of cuteness without any overacting.
The story paints both Jessica and Max as almost superheroes, each in their own way. Law had some difficulty appearing humble without being disingenuous. Marks does a better job being the unappreciated brother trying to prove that he really has a place at the table.
As expected in a Hallmark Christmas movie, the end results are totally predictable. There were some sentimental moments. The obstacle is the same as in dozens of these movies. I really wasn't sure how it would be resolved but that wasn't too much of a surprise.
When it comes down to it, I enjoyed the movie. That was probably due mostly to the above mentioned chemistry of the five main players with a little help from a few little "ahh" moments.