Reviewed by Rama Gaind.
Directors: Various, Via Vision Entertainment.
“The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” — Helen Keller
Festive cheer and romance are in the air as witnessed by the three movies – Merry Matrimony, Help for the Holiday, Matchmaker Santa – in this collection from Hallmark.
It shows love is indescribable and unconditional.
In Merry Matrimony, Brie Traverston (Jessica Lowndes, Altitude, Master of Horror), an advertising executive, lands her dream assignment organising the perfect Christmas wedding for a fashion magazine. The only catch is that she unknowingly has been paired up with a certain high-powered fashion photographer Eddie Chapman (Christopher Russell, Land of the Dead, Flashpoint). Eddie just happens to be her estranged ex-boyfriend.
Director John Bradshaw delivers magical Christmas cheer for the whole family.
Help for the Holidays sees Bradford May directing two of the stars Summer Glau and Eva La Rue.
Although she loves Christmas, Santa’s elf Christine wonders if there could be more to life than making toys in the North Pole. When Santa receives an emergency wish from a little boy in Los Angeles, he puts Christine on a special assignment to give the VanCamp family a holiday wake-up call.
The assignment takes her to L.A. to give the VanCamp family — mom Sara (Eva La Rue), dad Scott (Dan Gauthier) and their two children Ally (Izabela Vidovic) and Will (Mason Cook) — a holiday wake-up call.
The third movie, Matchmaker Santa, directed by David S. Cass Sr., stars Lacey Chabert, Florence Henderson, John Ratzenberger and Thad Luckinbill.
As a little girl, Melanie Hogan (Lacey Chabert) wished to find her own Prince Charming, just like her parents found true love. Now an adult, Melanie is running her own bakery and dating a handsome CEO, Justin (Thad Luckinbill). Although things seem perfect when Justin asks Melanie to spend the holidays together at his beautiful lake house upstate, and meet his mother, Melanie finds herself spending more time with Justin’s best friend and loyal assistant, Dean (Adam Mayfield), who just might be harboring a secret crush on her.