A Boyfriend for Christmas

2004

Comedy / Drama / Romance

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Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 70%
IMDb Rating 6.5 10 3153

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Cast

Shane Baumel as Neal Grant
Shannon Wilcox as Joanna Grant
Erica Gimpel as Beth
Bridget White as Carol Grant
720p.WEB
850.43 MB
1280*714
English 2.0
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23.976 fps
1 hr 32 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 6 / 10

Overcoming deception

Christmas has always been my favourite time of year and will always be very special to me. Main reasons being that it means lots of family time and reliving the nostalgia and fond memories of singing and listening to carols, watching Christmas films and animations, playing festive games and opening presents. Will never tire of it and nothing will ever change that for the world.

Seing it as someone who wanted to see a different festive film other than the ones watched every year, 'A Boyfriend for Christmas' is never going to be among my favourites or one of the all-time great festive films. It is not great and it has its flaws. 'A Boyfriend for Christmas' is though a more than watchable film and avoids some, though not all, of the traps that other Christmas films have fallen into. It is a case of having appeal for some and others finding it a bit of a chore to sit through. For me despite its flaws, 'A Boyfriend for Christmas' is generally one of the better new Christmas films seen recently, if not one of the classics (naming them will be unfair).

As to be expected the story is predictable, with a lot of easily telegraphed scenes and an outcome that is obvious from the outset. Some draggy pacing here and there too, especially a somewhat slow-going start.

Quite a fair bit of the dialogue does make one cringe and like some festive films it is not without its cheesy moments, some of it getting a bit much. Bruce Thomas does try his best, but he does overdo the duplicity and smugness and the character comes over as a caricature (always a trap with this type of character).

However, 'A Boyfriend for Christmas' is a decent looking film, the locations are particularly striking. The music provides some affectionate nostalgia and is pleasant to listen to, while the direction avoids being too routine. Didn't find myself irritated by the characters at least generally, found the leads quite endearing, and wasn't bored. The Christmas atmosphere is handled charmingly and affectionately and the romance is genuinely sweet and doesn't go overboard on the schmaltz.

Despite the predictability, 'A Boyfriend for Christmas' has its heart in the right place, a difficult to dislike atmosphere and has a nice message that is easily relatable and wasn't laid on too thick. There is definitely a festive spirit and there is plenty of warmth and charm here, with enough parts to warm and melt the heart. Never does it feel too juvenile or mean-spirited and the sentimentality generally doesn't become too much. The acting actually comes over very well, with Patrick Muldoon and especially Kelli Williams being immensely likeable and sharing a charmingly believable romantic chemistry. Generally the supporting cast show enthusiasm without over-doing it, Thomas being the exception. Charles Durning's jovial and warm-hearted Santa being the standout.

Overall, likeable and above average if nothing to be blown away by. 6/10 Bethany Cox

Reviewed by paul_haakonsen 4 / 10

Christmas movie for the female audience

In the spirit of the Christmas season, I watched this movie on TV, and it was the first time I had ever heard about it. And truth be told, there was nothing better on TV, so I decided to give it a go.

Well, the movie was, as to be expected, sassy. The story was sort of alright in its own way, though it was a bit too sassy for my liking. I guess you have to be a woman to fully appreciate this level of sassy activity.

As for the cast, well I actually think that Kelli Williams did a rather good job, and she was good in her role. And it was the first time I have seen her, or maybe I have seen her before, but she didn't leave any impression. Regardless, I think that she put on a good performance in this movie. Acting opposite her was Patrick Muldoon, which I remember having seen in "Starship Troopers", where he had a very memorable role. And I have to admit that I was just sitting there waiting for a bug to plunge a sucker through his skull and suck out his juicy insides. I guess that was both good and bad. Good in the sense that he really left a long-lasting impression from the "Starship Troopers" movie, but bad in the way that he was sort of trapped in that particular role. I didn't really buy into his performance in this movie.

It is my belief that this movie may be suitable for women and younger girls during the Christmas season, as the story is romantic (and quite predictable) and warm. But it is not that interesting for the male viewers, of course I am just guessing here.

"A Boyfriend for Christmas" will not leave a lasting impression as a Christmas movie, so don't except any classic movie in the making here.

Reviewed by SimonJack 6 / 10

Likeable characters carry this light Xmas romance

This is a seasonal Hallmark TV movie, made for the Holidays. It's clearly a Christmas movie by the setting and sub-themes about kindness, honesty and charity. But, "A Boyfriend for Christmas" is mostly a Christmas romance. As with other films of this ilk, one can see the stretch to come up with something new. The novelty in this one is a little more fairy tale than coincidence.

While it's somewhat hokey, the main characters are likeable and good. Kelli Williams as Holly Grant is particularly likable. And her apparently wealthy and some

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