Movie Review: Holidaze

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I know that I’ve been posting quite a bit of movie reviews lately, but I guess that it is good that I’m working through my Netflix Queue right? As Christmas approaches I tend to binge watch Christmas movies like no other, I think it might be worse than people’s obsession with Halloween movies from ABC Family. When you search Christmas movies on Netflix you will find everything under the sun. I’ve probably watched them all by now.

Today we are going to be reviewing Holidaze starring Jennie Garth. This movie came out in 2013 and from the looks of it (no offense tv producers) but it was a made for tv movie. Jennie Garth plays a Melody, the VP of Save Now a corporate conglomerate company that is now expanding into almost every community. The company is planning on opening their 100th store right in Melody’s hometown and has made Melody the spokesperson for the company. When Melody goes home for what she plans for a quick visit before jetting off for the holidays with friends, she quickly remembers why she left her hometown in pursuit of the big city. At the town hall meeting, Melody representing Save Now is met with great animosity by it’s residents including Melody’s mom and her ex-boyfriend,Carter. The company has been working with the mayor of the town and plans to push the construction and development of their store through despite all the protest. After the town hall meeting Carter kidnaps Melody and takes her to what would have been their house. She is impressed with the work he has done. While there she slips and hits her head knocking her unconscious. While Melody is unconscious she dreams that she wakes up to an alternate reality of her life one in which she has married Carter, lives in her hometown and has taken over her mother’s tea shop and plans to expand it. Also in her dream she is fighting to save her hometown from the corporate conglomerate, Save Now which she worked for. After she lives a few days in her alternate life she is knocked unconscious and wakes up back in her real life, where she has only been unconscious for a few hours. Melody realizes now that building the Save Now in her hometown would be a mistake and rushes to save it from the mayor’s office. She is too late because the mayor has already sent in the paper’s claiming imminent domain to take over. When Melody talks with her mom and sees all the old pictures of the town she tries to think of a way to save the town at the last minute she sees the answer and rushes to implement it.

I won’t give away the ending fully because as all Christmas movies go, this one ends in a happy ending. I was impressed with the acting and the twist of the alternate reality. Although the alternate reality is a bit over played in Christmas movies. I did enjoy the historical context of the movie and that the small town wins in the end instead of the big conglomerate.

If you enjoy Christmas movies as much as I do, I hope that you’ll check this movie out. I hope to see you soon, maybe in my next post.


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