The Christmas Contest

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IMDb Rating 6 10 2198

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December 7, 2021

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Barbara Niven as Donna
BJ Harrison as Grandma
Keenan Tracey as Chuck
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by paul_haakonsen 5 / 10 / 10

Run-of-the-mill Christmas movie from Hallmark...

Well, as I sat down to watch the 2021 Hallmark Christmas movie titled "The Christmas Contest", I have to admit that I wasn't really harboring much of any high expectations. Why? Well, Hallmark tends to just spew these movies out by the dozens and usually following the same blueprint for each and every single movie. But "The Christmas Contest" might be different, so I gave it a chance. And while "The Christmas Contest" is watchable, it was just another run-of-the-mill Christmas movie with that archetypical Hallmark feel to it. So if you enjoy these overly sappy Christmas movies that are based around a hate-turns-to-love feel between the two lead performers type of movies, then you will certainly enjoy "The Christmas Contest". And if you are into the archetypical Hallmark Christmas movies, then "The Christmas Contest" is definitely going to be right up your alley. The acting performances in the movie were good, taking into consideration the limitations of the script and the premise of the whole thing. Candace Cameron Bure and John Brotherton actually does have good on-screen chemistry together. The movie also had the likes of Barbara Niven and Jennifer Higgin on the cast list. "The Christmas Contest" is an archetypical Hallmark Christmas movie in every meaning of that thing. So writer Joie Botkin didn't really bring much of anything new to the table with this 2021 movie. The movie was as predictable as it was sappy. My rating of "The Christmas Contest" from director Paule Elle lands on a mediocre five out of ten stars.

Reviewed by Jackbv123 8 / 10 / 10

I was never a fan of Fuller House

Another story about a televised contest between old flames. Actually, some of the challenges in the contest were mildly interesting, but the last one was a little convoluted. My main complaint with this movie is how annoying the two lead characters were in the beginning, and then there is 180 degree personality shift which turns them into saints. Ben was especially annoying as a stereotypical narcissistic jock. Meanwhile Candace frequently can start a movie as arrogant and overly competitive and this movie is no different. This made it difficult for me to enjoy any chemistry the two had. There were some comedic gags based on physical comedy and overzealousness reminiscent of Fuller House style comedy. Overall, the movie is about what you'd expect, but I should have known better.

Reviewed by rebekahrox 8 / 10 / 10

Not What I Expected.

This movie was a solid 7 until the inevitable emotional crisis of Lara (Candace) at the end which bumped in up to an almost 8, rounded up. This was shaping up as a light and fluffy typical Hallmark plot of 2 exes who begin to rekindle their relationship when they are reluctantly thrown together years after a painful breakup. They are both finalists in a contest over which one can be the most Christmassy. The winner gets $50,000 for the charity of their choice. It involves such things as trivia, baking, singing and dancing, and Christmas tree decorating All of which provide plenty of opportunity for some great physical comedy as well as some witty snarky dialogue. Candace's excellent comedic talents are on display throughout. John Brotherton as Ben over acts to the point of obnoxiousness, but as least we know his character is a good guy underneath the immature surface. There were some entertaining subplots involving his relationship with a lonely 12 your old boy, his mother coming out of her shell, Lara's mother's barely concealed antipathy to Ben was very entertaining as well. Everything was pretty funny as Ben and Lara, along with their hand-picked teams try to outdo each other in their quest for the prize . Things are looking up for their relationship as well until Ben breaks Lara's heart once again. The swift and unexpected turn from comedy to drama was head swiveling. It's not just a bump in the road as is usual in these things. Candace's despair and anguish over her disappointment was one of the best pieces of acting in a Hallmark movie I've seen. She was heartbreaking. And then, just as we thought we were done with the dramatic developments, it exposes a dark side to her relationship with her mother, beautifully played by Barbara Niven. Throughout the movie Lara's mother seemed to have an ideal relationship with her daughter: loving, supportive, and fun. Almost sisterly, but in a good way. I truly did not see the blow up coming. Candace's relationships with her mother and her ex are, of course, repaired by the end. They all vow to change. Even Candace, who all the while had come across as a really together person with her life on the right track. It was a thoughtful and unexpected way to get to the happy ending and with a good message to boot.

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