Hallmark Channel Christmas Vacation
Cynthia (Susie Abromeit) and Steve Faber (Dillon Casey) have been married less than a year and are looking forwards to spending their first Christmas together as a married couple. On top of that both Cynthia and Steve's families are coming to spend Christmas with them. But whilst they have their lives planned out with a baby 5 years down the line and Steve making partner at the company things don't go to plan as Cynthia learns she is pregnant and Steve gets fired just 3 days before Christmas. Things get complicated as arriving relatives prevent them from telling each other what has happened and then it becomes all about getting through Christmas.
Let me take you back 27 years to 1989 and Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold having a Christmas nightmare in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" with his house filled with relatives whilst dealing with his boss not handing out bonuses that year. Well that is what the Hallmark Christmas movie "A Perfect Christmas" reminds me of as we have a married couple, family coming to spend Christmas with them, individual secrets, mishaps and much more including disapproving mother-in-laws and so on. Nope it isn't as close to being as funny as "Christmas Vacation" but it delivers what fans of Hallmark movies enjoy, especially at Christmas.
As such there is a very obvious side to "A Perfect Christmas" from tensions between Cynthia and her mother-in-law to Cynthia and Steve never getting a moment to tell each other what is going on even when they go to. Throw in Steve's brother being run ragged by his kids and a lot of other accidents, mishaps and comedy scrapes and it clearly fits into the break neck speed light entertainment group of Christmas movies. In fact the speed of "A Perfect Christmas" plays in its favour as it means you never spend too long focusing on the text book nature of the characters or mishaps which fill the movie.
What this all boils down to is that "A Perfect Christmas" is in truth a lot of routine Hallmark Christmas fun which is definitely on the lighter, less emotional side of things as it plays pretty much everything for laughs. It makes it a fun distraction but not one of those movies which really fills you with the Christmas spirit.