Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Podcast: A Boyfriend for Christmas (2004)

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It's the Holiday season, so Chris and Nick get into the spirit by crossing into the unexplored frontier that is.... Hallmark Christmas movies! That's right, a series of Christmas-time reviews from people who are absolutely not the demographic for them!

We begin with 2004's A Boyfriend for Christmas, where Holly (Kelli Williams of The Practice) makes the titular Christmas wish as a child to a creepy Santa (Charles Durning, frequent Santa). A mere 20 years later, Holly meets Ryan (Patrick Muldoon of Starship Troopers), a rich hotshot lawyer who lies about his identity and participates in Santa's twisted love scheme. Will Santa's Christmas prophecy come true? Will Holly wind up Ryan, or her sniveling evil ex-boyfriend (who is even richer than Ryan)?

  • Charles Durning's final role was in Bleeding Hearts, a horror film co-starring Dustin Diamond and Robert Loggia, that released more than two years after his death in 2012. He played Santa Claus.
  • ABFC is currently set to air at 4 AM on December 1, 2017, so set your TIVos to Hallmark if you want to enjoy our goofs.
  • Erica Gimpel (Coco from Fame) was on Season 1 of Veronica Mars, a show Nick has never watched. Here, she is the friend Holly drags to brunch, whose husband is never seen. David E. Kelley was (probably) so impressed with her performance in this TV movie that he cast her in a four episode arc of Boston Legal in 2006.

1 comment:

  1. I watched one of these films where Mom not only didn't believe in Santa but, having seen her father die young when all she wanted for Christmas was for him to live, was actively hostile to the concept of Santa. She held to this right up to the point where, having met Santa, she was shocked at him remembering delivering presents to her ("I thought that was my grandpa"). All well and good, and in fairness the woman playing Mom was really good. However . . . WHO DID SHE THINK WAS DELIVERING PRESENTS TO HER OWN KIDS?!