A Cookie Cutter TV Movie
Once upon a time, a long long time ago Christie Reynolds (Erin Krakow) and Penny Miller (Miranda Frigon) were childhood friends. That is until they fell out whilst performing at the school Christmas pageant and ever since have been fierce rivals especially as they both now teach in the same school. Things become complicated when not only does widowed father James (David Haydn-Jones) and his daughter Lily (Genae Charpentier) enter their lives but their rivalry leads them both entering a teacher cookie baking competition judged by local celebrity Chef Krueger (Alan Thicke). The trouble is that Christie hasn't got a clue when it comes to cooking and when she becomes close to both James and Lilly Penny's jealous side comes out to try and sabotage things.
I have long come to the understanding that if you call a movie a Christmas movie it automatically generates a certain amount of good will. It doesn't even need to be about Christmas as long as it has some pretty lights and hopefully a tree or two to make it work. That is what "A Cookie Cutter Christmas" is; it's not really a Christmas movie but almost a generic made for TV romantic comedy which thanks to those Christmassy elements brings out that natural aspect of good will which makes it okay.
Okay, so I said that "A Cookie Cutter Christmas" is almost a generic made for TV romantic comedy and there is of course the very obvious side as we have Christie the cute teacher who bonds with Lily and who falls for James whilst being completely inept when it comes to baking, cue some cooking clumsiness. Every aspect of that is text book TV movie right down to the Alan Thicke cameo, here as a top chef and competition judge and on the whole the movie is entertaining but nothing special. But then there is the rivalry between friends and whilst not a completely original premise either actually works well with the main romantic storyline. I say "well" but in truth I mean typical for the made for TV market and those who enjoy these easy to watch romantic comedies which don't demand a lot from its audience.
But it has to be said that when it comes to being a Christmas movie "A Cookie Cutter Christmas" does come short as pretty trees and lights do not a Christmas movie make on their own. Even the additional touch of some Christmas songs is just as basic as the decorations and so it you were lured to watch this thinking it would be a Christmas movie I have to say it is more typical made for TV romantic comedy with a seasonal backdrop rather than a genuine Christmas movie.
What this all boils down to is that "A Cookie Cutter Christmas" is pretty much a cookie cutter Christmas movie with a familiar style, look, content, story, characters and acting which you can find in dozens of other made for TV movies. It is okay if you like easy to watch comedies but it doesn't leave a lasting impression.