12 Gifts of Christmas

2015

Comedy / Romance

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IMDb Rating 6.5 10 3835

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Director

Cast

Jill Adler as Sandy
Melanie Nelson as Marie
Aaron O'Connell as Marc Rehnquist
720p.WEB
789.61 MB
1280*714
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 25 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 7 / 10

Gift wrapped

If you have seen your fair share of Hallmark Christmas films, it would be safe to say that you are very likely to know what to expect and one shouldn't expect any more. Have seen my fair share myself and have always watched them with mixed expectations. That are either met and even exceeded, or the film completely misses the mark and does little with any potential. '12 Gifts of Christmas' was no different, familiar plot but Katrina Law impressed in other Hallmark work of hers (i.e. 'Snow Bride').

'12 Gifts of Christmas' exceeded the mixed expectations had before watching. Very few Hallmark festive films fit my definition of great and '12 Gifts of Christmas' is no exception. Compared to other Hallmark etc. films seen in the past four/five months or so, it fares favourably though and towards being in the better half of a hit and miss bunch. Even if not a must see or one one can watch over and over, it is worth seeing once or twice.

Did feel that it started off on an unsure note. It takes a while to find its footing and Anna is a pretty obnoxious character (or so it seemed to be) early on.

Was not expecting many surprises watching '12 Gifts of Christmas' and expectedly the film didn't provide very many at all. It is the standard Hallmark Christmas film formula pretty much story-wise with not much variation, with some of it obviously telegraphed early on. The ending can be seen from some while off.

Once '12 Gifts of Christmas' gets going, being a film that also takes time to find its footing, and Anna starts to develop and evolve, it does become much better so stick with it. The production values are very pleasing to look at, nice use of locations slickly shot. The music captures the Christmas feel very well and is not near as over-scored or intrusive as too many of a lot of Hallmark films. The script can be very corny, but mostly flows nicely and has a light-hearted and sweet tone without being saccharine.

Despite the predictability, the story is charming is light on its feet and warms the heart. Much of the pace doesn't drag and the characters are generally not bad, Anna in the early portions being an exception. Nice to see characters that actually show growth. The acting is also pretty decent, with solid supporting turns and very engaging lead performances from particularly Law. The chemistry between the actors is existent at least and doesn't take too long to build or feel hastily wrapped up. Donna Mills looks amazing too and steals all her scenes.

All in all, not a bad film at all. 7/10

Reviewed by Prismark10 3 / 10

Painted by numbers

Another one of these bland Hallmark Christmas films with adorable, good looking leads.

Anna Parisi (Katrina Law) is an aspiring artist who is looking for that big break. We see her getting a brush off from a snooty art museum manager. She turns to her other talent which is personal shopping and develop that into a side business over the upcoming holidays.

Marc Rehnquist (Aaron O'Connell) is a workaholic advertising executive who is always on his mobile phone, he briefly met Anna at a bakery and later employs her to pick out Christmas gifts for his family and friends. At first things are difficult as Anna gets a gift for a friend of his that was not in his list but it turns out that his friend actually liked the gift. So he then gives her a free reign to get the kind of presents his friends like, she also gets Marc to connect with his family who he has been distant with and increasingly they spend more time with each other and fall for each other.

The plot develops as after a scathing business meeting Marc uses a special painting of Anna's in order for his ad campaign. She overreacts at first for some unfathomable reason even though it will giver her work some prominence.

This is an affable film at Christmas but a bit beige with not much plot. However you cannot keep your eyes of Donna Mills who plays Marc's mother. She was 75 years old when she made this movie and with all the work she has had done she does not look like anyone's mother.

Reviewed by HotToastyRag 5 / 10

Harmless little Christmas flick

Imagine a romance that features a workaholic and a big-hearted girl who bond over rediscovering the spirit of Christmas-must be a Hallmark movie! In The 12 Gifts of Christmas, the workaholic is Aaron O'Connell. His main problem this holiday season is that he doesn't have enough time before Christmas to buy presents for his family and friends so he hires Katrina Law to do his shopping for him. She's not a personal shopper, but she's very thoughtful and far more creative than him. But trusting a total stranger with no professional experience with your credit card? Only on Hallmark, I guess.

This one's a pretty harmless Hallmark Christmas flick. It won't hurt you, but it probably won't become your favorite. I'd pop this one in for a matinee. If you need to get more popcorn you won't miss anything. The reason it's not my favorite is because I didn't really have sympathy for Aaron's character. I'm the type of person who buys Christmas presents throughout the year, but I know many, many people who shop at the last minute. One person in our family shops the day before Christmas! Two weeks is plenty of time to do his own shopping if he's willing to pay for expedited shipping.

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