Hallmark's "Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas--" Is Holland Roden the Best Co-Star for Tyler Hynes?

Four days before Christmas, Elizabeth receives a voicemail from a number she doesn't recognize from a man who makes one final plea to the love of his life.

Starring:  Holland Roden, Tyler Hynes, Tenille Townes 

Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas
Image:  Hallmark Media

Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas Is a Compelling Story

The movie plot combines tragedy, triumph, love, and mystery--there's a lot going on to keep the viewer engaged.  Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas also uses my favorite trope:  The Misunderstanding.

Elizabeth (Holland Roden), Josh (Tyler Hynes), and Andrew (David Lennon) have been best friends for years.  

After college, Elizabeth has big plans to be a writer for The New York Times.  Three years later, she is working as an executive assistant at her mom's company instead of following her dreams.

When a man accidentally leaves Elizabeth a voicemail asking the woman he loves to meet him at "their spot" on Christmas Eve, she is determined to follow the few clues she has to reunite the couple.

Josh, who has since moved out of state to work for a publishing company, returns home for Christmas.  His relationship with Elizabeth is clearly strained, and it stems from the death of their friend, Andrew.  

Begrudgingly, Elizabeth accepts Josh's help to track down the mystery couple.  As the two pursue leads, they gradually recapture the closeness they once shared--and more--but a huge misunderstanding could ruin everything.

Holland Roden Isn't the Best Leading Lady 

Roden is best known for her roles in low-rated horror flicks, so it's not surprising that her performance in Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas lacks warmth and charisma. She delivers the dialogue, but her onscreen presence flatlines.  

After all, we can't let just anyone be with Tyler Hynes.  We fans are protective of him!  Hynes is such a wonderful Hallmark actor and personality that he's capable of compensating for a flailing co-star in order to score another homerun for fans.

Since Roden's Hallmark Christmas debut, she recently headlined a Summer Nights 2023 premiere, Making Waves, opposite Cory Cott.  Meh. 

If Hallmark is looking for fresh talent, they better keep looking.

Who Is Tenille Townes?

Tenille Townes has a small role in Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas and sings Blake Shelton's title song at the end.

You sense she must be a celebrity, but you've never heard of her.  You're not alone.

Tenille Townes is a Canadian country music star.  Who knew Canada even had a country music industry?

Tenille Townes
Image:  Hallmark Media

Townes moved to Nashville in 2013, but thus far, her songs have only charted in Canada and earned her awards at Canadian music shows.

Time to Come Home for Christmas--The Franchise

Let's hope Blake Shelton will continue to produce new movies in the Time to Come Home for Christmas franchise.  The quality stories are unique, dramatic, and intriguing.

To date, there are five movies in the series.  Vote for your favorite one!
Time to Come Home for Christmas Franchise
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  1. I love all of them and think Blake snd his mom did a great job on all of them. I just like Tyler!!!!

  2. I love the music in all of the movies!

  3. I love Time for Him to Come Home for Christmas with Tyler Hynes. I take offense that the lead female character is flat. She portrays her charachter in a soft manner and brings the viewer into her heart. I felt the chemistry worked well and was believable. The kissing at the end was passionate and not the usual Hallmark fake. Tyler Hynes of course was awesome as he hides his true feelings under the guise of friendship.


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