A Gingerbread Romance

2018

Drama / Family / Romance

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IMDb Rating 5.5 10 720

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Cast

Jordana Lajoie as Annabelle Renard
Duane Henry as Adam Dale
Tia Mowry-Hardrict as Taylor Scott

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by TheLittleSongbird 3 / 10

A dull romance

Giving 'A Gingerbread Romance' a less than lukewarm review does not give me any pleasure, not in the least. Actually really wanted to like the film, being somebody who really tries to shy away from bashing anything if she can help it while offering constructive criticism if necessary, regardless of hearing less than charitable things about it. So expectations were not high before watching it admittedly, but seeing as it is Christmas a big part of me wanted to cast all that aside.

'A Gingerbread Romance' not only was as bad as my low expectations, it was actually even worse than expected. It is not an irredeemably awful film, it takes a lot for me to call anything that and calling a festive film that would make me a real Scrooge. It is the complete opposite of a good film though as well and fails on most levels, failing at what it set out to do and the worst assets were executed as badly as one can get. Just to say, it pains me to say that.

It gets plus points for some nice photography here and there and a soundtrack, as a musician music is an important thing for me to talk about when reviewing something, that evoked a lot of nostalgia and charm.

There is one other plus point as well and that is the beyond her years performance of Melody Nosipho Niemann, who outshines everybody else in the cast by a significant degree.

Not that that was too difficult. The rest of the cast are pretty lousy, with ill at ease and bland leads that have no chemistry that is natural or likeable and no chemistry at all even. The supporting cast either look disengaged or ham it up, everybody struggling to bring any believability to stock and implausibly written characters that behave too unrealistically for any easy-to-identify-with to happen. The direction is routine at best and the story is just so dreary and lacks any charm or heart.

A story that is also very contrived, and the same can be said for a script that has no tension or subtlety and is full of corn and wood instead. The location has no authenticity and the over-sized and very unattractive clothing was a turn off.

Concluding, pretty poor but with its moments. 3/10

Reviewed by inkblot11 8 / 10

Add lovely gingerbread spice to your movie viewing experiences!

Taylor (Tia Mowery-Hardrict) has a love of travel, instilled by her wandering parents from her childhood. Now an architect who visits many venues for the next big "project", she returns to her childhood Philadelphia home for an unusual job. Her firm has entered her into a contest to construct a giant gingerbread house for the holidays. This necessitates teaming up with a baker and the first one jumps ship when Taylor explains that she wants to be in charge. Accidentally, she meets baker Adam (Duane Henry) and they brush each other the wrong way. Adam, however, a single father to darling little Brooke, wants a higher profile so he can open his own dream bakery; he soon gets on board. Initial plans have problems. But, working together, Taylor and Adam get deep into the project and deeper into affections. Ho ho, what will happen when Taylor's firm asks her to travel again and/or, she doesn't win the contest! This sweet movie is again a lovely romantic experience. The two stars shine brightly and the supporting cast is nice, too. It is ESPECIALLY great to see an actress who is not ultra-thin on screen. The movie shows off the best of Philadelphia while script, costumes, and direction make grand impressions on the viewer. Why not add a lovely gingerbread spice to your movie list?

Reviewed by JoBloTheMovieCritic 5 / 10

A Gingerbread Romance

5/10 - painstakingly average and very dull in comparison to some of the more inspired holiday Hallmark features

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