Falling for Christmas

I typically don’t like doing anything Christmas related until at least after Thanksgiving, but I found this film on Netflix listed as the number one film, so I decided to give it a chance.

I should have stuck with my original plan.

Falling for Christmas starred Lindsay Lohan in one of the most cliched and predictable Christmas movie I have seen in a long time. It also professes to be a comedy, but I did not find any of the ridiculous slapstick funny. It might have been laughable, but not in the way it intended.

According to IMDB, “In the days leading up to Christmas, a young and newly engaged heiress experiences a skiing accident. After being diagnosed with amnesia, she finds herself in the care of the handsome lodge owner and his daughter.”

The aforementioned skiing accident is one of the worst sequences I have seen in a movie in a long time.

Lindsay Lohan has a natural charm, and she has to because this character is written so unlikable that she feels like a cartoon. Of course, with the amnesia angle in the story, she becomes much more likeable, unless you remember the first 20 minutes of the movie.

It was nice to see Jack Wagner, an old favorite of mine from General Hospital, who played Lohan’s character’s father in this, but it was a minor thing.

Sure there is an expectation that Christmas movies can run more on the sappy side, but that does not have to be a hard and fast rule. Falling for Christmas is so inane, and when it is not inane, it is predictable. It might be a better movie with some Christmas “cheer” (the hard stuff and a lot of it).

1.5 stars

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