Here I was, tweeting away about a new Netflix holiday movie I was hate-watching, when my friend Mackenzie asked where my blog post was. I had completely forgotten that last year, I rated the streaming platform’s cheesy yuletide flicks. How could I?!
I know today is Christmas Eve so it may seem like I dropped the ball on this a bit, but might I remind you that the window for holiday binging does not end when the actual holiday does. Especially this year.
This season, Netflix took the whole copying Hallmark thing and RAN with it. I truly couldn’t keep up with that specific genre-within-a-genre—there were too many! The fact that there are two movies about aspiring country singers falling in love in their small hometowns on the same platform should tell you all you need to know.
As a disclaimer, please keep in mind that these ratings have been scaled relative to Cheesy Christmas Movies™ and not movies in general. My taste is not THAT questionable.
Christmas Catch 7/10
A police officer falls in love with the jewelry thief she’s supposed to be investigating. I’ve never really been into the “bad boy” thing, but this made me come to the conclusion that if a guy treats me right, it’s not that big of a deal if he’s a criminal. Plus, the main character is single and awkward on dates, which I relate to.
The Princess Switch: Switched Again 8/10
Vanessa Hudgens is back for more…and this time, she plays three characters instead of just two! The trifecta we didn’t know we needed. She can do no wrong in my eyes, and her newest character wears the most extra outfits. There’s a scene where someone is drugged with chloroform which seemed totally off the rails, but it tied in nicely to my love of true crime.
A New York Christmas Wedding 0/10
I lasted four minutes.
Oh, Emma Roberts, how I love thee. She nails it as the cynical single gal around the holidays. And the leading man is Hemsworth-vibe handsome. There are some oddly placed inappropriate jokes, so maybe don’t watch this with your little elves, but do grab your girlfriends for it.
Hometown Holiday 4/10
I’m not exactly sure why I watched this one in its entirety, but here we are. This is one of the aspiring country singer ones I mentioned above. Obviously the whole “big city exec falls in love with hicksville cutie” trope is present, too.
Dash & Lily 10/10
This is cheating on multiple levels—one, I already reviewed this in a different blog post and two, it’s actually a show. But the cuteness is off the charts and it is holiday themed, so I had to! BRB while I manifest becoming a wealthy teenager in Manhattan.
Let me know if you’ve watched any of these blockbusters—and enjoy a cheesy holiday.