REVIEW: The Hallmark Sequel "Haul Out the Holly: Lit Up" Is as Silly as the First One

Emily and Jared are looking forward to celebrating the holidays together as a couple, and they prepare to work with their neighbors on Evergreen Lane to make this year's Christmas celebrations the best yet.  When a house on the block goes up for sale, the soon-to-be-neighbors are holiday royalty, but they are so competitive that they nearly ruin Christmas for everyone. Starring:   Lacey Chabert, Wes Brown, Stephen Tobolowsky, Ellen Travolta, Melissa Peterman, Seth Morris, and Jennifer Aspen Image:  Hallmark Media Haul Out the Holly:  Lit Up Has a Moral When the residents of Evergreen Lane learn that their new neighbors are the Jolly Johnsons--famous holiday reality stars--they are thrilled to welcome them to the block.  Everyone assumes the Johnsons will fit right in since they share their same affinity for elf culture. Emily, Jared, and the rest of the holiday crew quickly realize that the Johnsons aren't interested in joining in on the fun--they plan to take over. Image:  Tw

Review: Hallmark's "Flipping for Christmas" Is Enjoyable but Incredibly Average

It's almost Christmas when busy realtor Abigail agrees to help her sister with the simple flip of a recently inherited home.  Unfortunately, co-beneficiary, Bo, has other plans in mind.

Starring:  Ashley Newbrough and Marcus Rosner

Flipping for Christmas
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What Is Flipping for Christmas About?

Abigail Jones spends Christmas with her father and her sister's family in Brenbury--it's their first Christmas without Abigail's mother.

While there, Claire and John, her sister and brother-in-law, ask Abigail to flip the house they recently inherited from John's grandfather, Frank.  The couple needs the money from the flip to do renovations on their own home to accommodate Claire's father, who has recently moved in with them.

The problem is that Bo, the local contractor, has been named co-beneficiary of the home because Frank had been like a father to him.  Bo believes that to preserve the beauty of the home and to honor Frank's memory, the best thing to do with the house is convert it to a bed-and-breakfast.  He doesn't have the money to buy out John's share, so the goal of the flip remains a point of contention between Abigail and Bo.

Meanwhile, Abigail casually mentions to her co-worker, Jessica, that 90-acres of land is up for sale in Brenbury. Jessica shares the information with a new client, Antonio, who then tries to convince the mayor to sell him the land.  What the mayor doesn't realize is that Antonio won't just be flushing the money into the city's budget, he's planning on gentrification, which will destroy all the small businesses by replacing them with big box stores, chains, and modern lodging.  This means Bo's dream of owning a B&B will be impossible, and it's Abigail's fault.

Can Abigail find a way to kill the deal and regain Bo's trust?

Sweetest Quote from Flipping for Christmas 

Abigail's ambition stems from her father's motto, You don't stop when you're tired.  You stop when you're done.  The truth, Abigail learns, is that there are times you need to stop, even if you're not done, because life passes by, and the people you love deserve your time and attention.  This epiphany is a wise one, but it's not the sweetest scene.

Bo stores two chairs in his workshop, and no one is allowed to sit in them.  The reason for it is very sentimental, but that's not the most inspirational scene either.

When Bo and Abigail visit a Christmas tree lot to snag a tree for the house they are working on, she opens her heart about how difficult this first Christmas is without her mom.  Bo uses double entendre to bring Abigail comfort:

The cool thing about cutting down a tree is that you get to take away the part that is above ground that you've been looking at for years, but the roots still remain.  All the memories and the DNA of the tree become a part of the Earth, so it never really goes away.

Now THAT is sweet!

Flipping for Christmas
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Flipping for Christmas Is Worth Watching Once

The acting in Flipping for Christmas is good.  Claire is an interesting supporting character.  Her role transitions from being a sister to stepping into her mom's shoes with the way she takes care of her dad and offers motherly support and advice to Abigail.  The sparring between Abigail and Bo is fun, and Antonio plays the "bad guy" part well.

Otherwise, there is nothing unique about this movie.  It's the usual trope of "saving" something--in this case the plot of land--and how this misunderstanding causes a rift between the leads until one figures out a way around it.

The worst part is the final kiss.  Since we usually have to wait until the very end to see it, it's imperative for Hallmark to get the kiss right.  In the case of Flipping for Christmas, the kiss is an epic fail.  Throughout the entire movie, Abigail wears a neutral shade of lipstick.  At the very end, her lips are plastered in a thick layer of bright red lipstick that is completely obnoxious. It's almost as if Newbrough hates Rosner and wants to make sure he gives her a peck instead of something meaningful. Hence, the kiss is brief and disappointing.

Flipping for Christmas is enjoyable to watch one time, but it's very forgettable.  I'm giving it 2/5 Christmas trees.


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