The Xmas Factor
Holly (Tia Mowry-Hardrict - Double Wedding) has always dreamt of singing with the town's Snow Belles, a group formed by her mum some 40 years earlier and despite having the best voice amongst those auditioning for a position is rejected by the group's current leader, the catty Marci (Tori Spelling - Mind Over Murder). Despondent at being rejected Holly's friends encourage her to form her own group which she does picking her friends to be part of it. Before they know it Holly and her own group are in a sing-off in the mall against Marci and the Snow Belles.
I've mentioned this before but when it comes to Christmas movies there are some that you need to be in the right mood to watch especially if you are not in the intended age range for the movie. "The Mistle-Tones" is one of those movies as it is so intentionally comically cheesy that unless you are between the ages of 11 and 15 or in the mood for several slices of Christmas cheese it will be a grating and painful Christmas movie which has an element of being so bad it is good.
Now everything about "The Mistle-Tones" is obvious from the opening scene of Holly waking up late and so having to rush to her audition to musical montages of everyone rehearsing which trust me you seriously have to be in the right mood to enjoy and I don't mean just moderately in the right mood. There are some amusing twists of sorts such as what Holly discovers about her boss but it is all low level entertainment and is a case of comically over the top from start to finish and that includes Tori Spelling who is intentionally seriously annoying as the catty Marci. Thankfully whilst there is not a single character that is not an over the top caricature there is Tia Mowry-Hardrict who is very likeable as Holly from start to finish.
What this all boils down to is that "The Mistle-Tones" is a Christmas movie made for 11 to 15 year olds who enjoy over the top acting and Christmas comedy. The thing about "The Mistle-Tones" is that if you are not in that age group you either need to be in the right mood to enjoy it or watch for it being bordering on the cheesily bad especially during certain musical scenes which there are a few of.