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Hallmark's "A Maple Valley Christmas" Is Based on a Book

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A Maple Valley Christmas Plot Summary   A rancher has spent her whole life working the family farm with her mother and sister, but when a man arrives and disrupts her plans, she starts to question what she actually wants. Starring :  Peyton List and Andrew Walker Image:  Hallmark Media The Movie Is Based on a Book A Maple Valley Christmas is based on the 2018 novel by Jerry Todt, but the Hallmark flips the script.  In the book, Erica is the real estate agent tasked with convincing a maple syrup farmer to sell, but after spending time in the small town, she has to decide between love or becoming a partner in her firm. When Hallmark fans love a movie, they always ask Hallmark for a sequel.  It will be interesting to see if Hallmark produces one because Todt released a follow-up novel in 2020 called A Maple Valley Wedding , which is set one year later.  Erica is in love, she's come to faith in Jesus, but then her ex shows up and sends her on a downward spiral. Did you enjoy this m

"Boyfriends of Christmas Past" Is a Fun Story Ruined by Bad Casting

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Boyfriends of Christmas Past Plot Summary Leading up to Christmas, Lauren is visited by the ghosts of four ex-boyfriends.  She must learn to open her heart or risk losing her best friend, Nate. Starring :  Catherine Haena Kim and Raymond Ablack  Released:  2021 Image:  Crown Media Unique Twist on a Classic A Christmas Carol has been retooled countless times through the years to give a classic story a modern twist.  Sometimes, this has resulted in cringe-worthy reproductions, and other times, the viewer has been pleasantly surprised. Boyfriends of Christmas Past   is based on a novel by Edie Grace, and the story is fun.  Imagine your past loves coming back to help you with hindsight so you don't ruin another relationship. (affiliate link) Unfortunately, Hallmark ruins a delightful and creative story by basing their casting choices on affirmative action instead of talent and audience appeal.  We are left with a Skittle-studded cast that makes no sense and distracts from the st

Hallmark's "Christmas in My Heart" Is More Focused On Race Than Good Storytelling

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Christmas in My Heart Summary Violinist Beth returns home after the recent death of her mother and tutors the daughter of a reclusive country music star to prepare her for the upcoming holiday concert. This movie stars Heather Hemmens , Luke MacFarlane , and Maria Nash . Image:  Crown Media The Focus On Diversity Overshadows The Story Hallmark continues to make diversity a priority over good storytelling, which means their virtue signaling has transformed once wholesome movies into RACIST programming. Christmas in My Heart is the most racist movie Hallmark has produced to date. It's apparently taboo for two people of the same race to fall in love in a Hallmark story these days.  Beth (Hemmens) is biracial because her dad is white and her mom, now deceased, was black.  Sean (MacFarlane) is white, but his wife, also conveniently deceased, was black, and he has a black daughter. When it comes to our own relationships, this hodge-podge of diversity isn't relatable.  Real life do

Take This QUIZ On Hallmark's "You, Me & The Christmas Trees!"

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Starring:  Danica McKellar and Benjamin Ayres Released:  2021 (Countdown to Christmas) Summary:  An arborist falls in love with a farmer as she tries to save his trees before the town tree lighting. Image: Crown Media A Very "Pun-y" Movie! One thing Hallmark script writers do well is include playful puns in many of the movies when the scene fits.  Puns are clever and unique, and they add whimsical fun to lighten the mood. Contrast pun usage to a horribly overdone trope:  sipping hot cocoa and getting the face lathered in whipped topping.  Dr. Evil first made that funny in an Austin Powers movie several years ago; he termed it the Belgian Dip.  Hallmark copied the idea and has used it it so many times it has become obnoxious.  It's like when a small child says something funny enough to earn a belly laugh from a parent; the child will repeat the line over and over and over to garner a repeat response, until the parent explains it was only funny the first time.    Benjamin A

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