Judge David Johnson went home for Christmas and found out his bedroom had been turned into a vomitorium.
This holiday, get your wag on.
Heather (Shanteel Vansanten) is a lively young woman, eager to live life to fullest and hoping for a lucrative and exciting career as a stage director. She gets her first crack and the good life when she's tagged to direct the community production of "A Christmas Carol." Life is working out decent for her, save for one nagging sore spot: her stiff of a boyfriend, Roger (Mark Famiglietti). The guy is full of himself and completely oblivious to his raging douchebaggery. Lucky for Heather, her out comes in the form of Bobby (Rob Mayes), a handsome Naval officer returned from deployment. All he has is his dog and a winning smile—but that may be just enough to woo Heather and set up a hot and heavy Christmas for all parties.
Notice how I just sort of casually slipped in the reference to a dog. Because that's pretty much all there is as far as canine representation goes in this film: the briefest of cameos. Which is what makes the general marketing of this set so weird. Any passersby would think that Home for Christmas: A Golden Christmas 3 was a dog comedy. There are two dogs on the cover. The subtitle for the film is "A Golden Christmas 3," the screen grabs on the back all include pictures of dogs and the tagline is "This holiday, get your wag on."
But this is a human movie. So don't go in expecting dogs.
Now that that's sorted, let's turn our attention to the human beings. Home for Christmas is a serviceable slice of holiday schmaltz, inoffensive to its core and utterly predictable from the first frame to the last. It shouldn't come as a shock to anyone that Heather and Bobby are destined to end up together. They encounter a hill and valley here and there, but the playbook is followed through every beat, culminating in a finale that you know is coming.
Still, cynicism aside, everyone involved gives it the old college try and the actors are charismatic and attractive. And as a Family Approved production, you can expect a totally clean and sanitized yuletide romance. As such, the perfect audience for this? Young teenage girls, hanging out at home, possibly grounded, and watching something with their dad, while mom and the baby are out grocery shopping.
Not guilty, but don't expect anything more than one sweet-natured cliché after another.
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