'Wrapped Up In Christmas / Snowed-Inn Christmas'
(Tatyana Ali, Kim Fields, Jasmine Guy, Andrew Walker, Tasha Smith, et al / DVD / NR / (2017) 2018 / Lionsgate Films)
Overview: Get ready for double the cheer when 'Lifetime® Holiday Double Feature: Snowed-Inn Christmas and Wrapped Up in Christmas' comes to DVD October 23rd from Lionsgate.
DVD Verdict: In truth, I'm a sucker for sappy Christmas TV movies and both the Hallmark Channel and the Lifetime Channel do them splendidly.
Lifetime Holiday movies have become a festive standard and these two are some of the most memorable yet. A mall supervisor courts her shopping center’s Santa Claus in 'Wrapped Up in Christmas', but there's more here than meets the eye!
In-between the courting, there's a great chance that the store in question will go under if something incredible doesn't happen to save it (and soon), and, as always, the "protagonist"'s niece asks Santa - who happens to be the other protagonist - for a boyfriend for Auntie; which the second protagonist uses against them!
That said, as with all these type of Christmas movies, the actual conflict is light. The characters are nice, well played by both Tatyana Ali and Brendan Fehr with their connection feeling real.
Ali plays a reserved character here, in truth, so sometimes she doesn't seem to have any spark, but you can tell she's interested. And so are we, of course.
The other movie is 'Snowed-Inn Christmas, which showcases two competing reporters becoming stranded in a small town over the holiday season.
Jenna Hudson (Bethany Joy Lenz) and Kevin Jenner (Andrew Walker) are polar opposites working for the same online publication in New York City. With both having nowhere they want to be for Christmas, they volunteer for a special writing assignment.
After a snowstorm forces their plane to land in none other than Santa Claus, Indiana, the two are placed in a Christmas Wonderland and the focus of their story shifts to saving the historic town inn run by Carol and Christopher Winters.
As the two overcome their differences, they also rediscover the magic of Christmas. But with the inn's fate in jeopardy and the return of someone from Jenna's past, Carol and Christopher lend a helping hand to bring Jenna and Kevin together.
For me, it was rather refreshing to watch the witty back and forth, especially since they were given the liberty to improvise some of the lines (me thinks). Indeed, it all came across very naturally and the ultimate payoff at the end was amazing! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.