25 Day Bingemas, Day 19: ‘Pull out Holly’

ringer‘s 25 days from Bingemas is a guide for people who love original holiday movies; It’s a guide for people who hate original holiday movies; It’s a guide for people who watch these movies occasionally and want more; It’s a guide for people who never hope to see those movies but want to watch one writer descend into madness as she tries to discern 25 unique forms of holiday magic, 12 different fake countries, and eight different personalities that make you wonder, “Wait, that guy from mean girls? (It isn’t, except for that time when it’s a.) Each day for the next 25 days, Jodi Walker will screen one of the season’s 169 original holiday movies, answering a curated series of questions in order to showcase the genre’s ingenious formula, dedication to mayhem, and commitment to the lumberjack’s continued widowhood. that launched an entire genre of TV movies. On the 19th day of Bingemas, we turn our cheerful spirits into…

What are we watching?

Pull Holly.

Where do we watch it?

Hallmark.

Why do we watch it?

Because, according to Hallmark, “When Emily unexpectedly spends the holidays alone at her parents’ house, the HOA insists that she participate in several Christmas festivities.”

How many Vanessa Hudgens are in this?

There is no Vanessa Hudgens in this movie. Luckily , no thing It puts me in the Christmas spirit just like sticking it out with Candace Cameron Bure, which is why I’m especially thrilled to welcome my first Lacey Chabert — actual Queen of Hallmark, may she reign for so long — a feature for Bingemas. Her character Emily begins with a particularly shocking quote:

“All [day] I’m having the same question: do [Bingemas] Just the longest to-do list ever, or is all this work really fun? Lacey Chabert – Jodi Walker

Is there a villain sowing discord?

It’s rare for a Hallmark movie plot to start with a villain, but there’s no denying it: Emily’s parents are monsters. Their behavior during this movie is blunt fucked up. The movie begins with young Emily running through her house on Christmas morning looking for her parents, only to discover that she is home alone because they were out getting the neighborhood ready for the Christmas parade. The only gift they give her is a Polaroid camera with instructions to take pictures of her else People enjoying Christmas morning as part of her “duty” to the neighborhood. An unofficial childhood trauma has stopped Emily from returning home for Christmas in adulthood, but when she is unexpectedly separated from her boyfriend, her parents invite her back. They say they’ll make her cookies and take care of her, and won’t pressure her into participating in neighborhood activities if she doesn’t want to…

But then when Emily showed up, her parents told her – with crazy smiles on their faces – that they did I lied to her: They’re actually going to Florida for Christmas, and she’ll be alone at her childhood home for the holidays. Over time, it becomes clear that they did this in order to force Emily to adopt Christmas they Frightening level for the soul. This, my friends, is what we call coercion, and it brings a very dark undertone to this hilariously groovy movie. There are also some light suggestions that Emily is brought in there specially To mate with golden neighborhood boy Jared, the entire neighborhood is in on this plan, and they all work together to keep her there. And if you are wondering if this is a plot midsummerWell, this isn’t the last time you’ll be reminded of a Florence Poe movie where the heroine is inadvertently indoctrinated into a cult.

who died?

I have fatal feelings exclusively for Emily’s parents – does that matter?

Are there fake cities, or maybe a whole fake country?

No one’s holiday spirit can stand Evergreen Lane (I suspect a suburb of Salt Lake City), which has been living under Emily’s parents’ authoritarian HOA regime for the past 30 years. Apparently when they moved there, they personally inculcated a myriad of rules revolving around the holidays, including mandatory home décor and compulsory participation in multiple Christmas contests. There are more than a few rules about the size of decorative nutcrackers, which are certainly enforced me Want to crack some nuts?

How difficult is a sweet encounter on the scale of “they save the other from falling into an iceberg” to “one is the other’s boss and they fall in love on a business trip”?

This obviously leads to a frustrating premise that is only saved by the fact that the characters of Lacey Chabert and Wes Brown are the cute childhood best friends they are now. little bit It’s conflicted by the fact that Emily’s parents have left her a completely undecorated house. New HOA boss Jared shows up at Emily’s door over and over again with decor-related quotes, but every time he pulls out that measuring tape to evaluate the Nutcrackers, he feels like clearly Like foreplay. Jared’s adherence to the ridiculous rules Emily’s parents enforce is annoying, but Emily seems to find Joubert’s utter mentality endearing, which can only mean one thing: She’s been horny to this guy for years, and her ex-boyfriend doesn’t. Not look like him.

How believable are the main characters’ apparent occupations?

Get this — Jared Ho Architect. And unlike being an architectural lady, where it becomes people’s job to rein in your ambition and convince you to settle down in Pomfuk, Sweden, Male engineer It is actually a coveted profession and is constantly mentioned by everyone in order to get you to maybe do a dance, marry an HOA boss, and stay on Evergreen Lane forever. Unfortunately, Emily is very likely to work as a freelance copy editor, but the girl –He runs.

Are there any singing/crafting/baking/blogs out there?

The movie’s saving grace is a neighborhood full of misfits played by iconic actors like Stephen Tobolowsky and Melissa Bitterman. Between those two and the rest of the HOA board, there’s baking, singing, lots of crafting, and something called a “snowman board” where everyone makes snowmen out of styrofoam balls obviously. ButAt one point, Emily willingly goes into a basement with Stephen Tobolowsky as he initiates her into “Team Kringle.” Because even if these neighbors We are Kind of fun when they take you to their basements for a secret party with no explanation, we can’t forget that when Jared first showed up at Emily’s door and she wondered how he knew she was there, he replied, “All eyes have been on you since you passed the point on the mountain.” wonderful wonderful wonderful.

Is there anything that tips the scale from G to PG?

of course not. Jared barely He acts as a romantic lead. His devotion to the rules of the HOA is complete buffoonery and he spends most of the movie dreaming of being Santa Claus. No play Santa – Indeed Being Santa. It takes a lot of work for a Hallmark movie to make Christmas cheer unappealing, but this movie really suits it. When Emily and Jared finally kiss, it was just that He is At least it wasn’t commissioned by any living mistletoe, but it is I was Planning, organizing and monitoring by her eccentric parents.

What is the meaning of Christmas as stated in the movie?

After Emily decorates her parents’ home, takes part in a neighborhood contest, and wrestles her future groom into his dream Santa Claus suit, Emily tells Jared that it’s become clear to her that people really are… Wants To live under the watchful eye of Evergreen Lane. She called her parents and told them, “I think I finally understand why they make serving a priority over the holidays.” And then – and Just Then – that Emily’s parents come home and give her a Christmas gift: the keys to their million-dollar home as a reward for bending their will. And in the holiday horror sequel I’m writing, no one outside Evergreen Lane ever heard of Emily Monroe again.

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