Imagine for a moment a lush, snow-capped mountain landscape.
As you watch it, dreamy music plays (from who knows where – but that doesn’t matter) and you feel like you’re descending into a magical land, the one where actress Lindsay Lohan works Actively again just like “The Parent Trap” Gods willed, the Troubled Years seem never to have happened and the world is exactly as it should be.
This is not paradise, my friends. It’s “Falling for Christmas” from Netflix.
What we need to know about the life of Sierra Belmont (Lohan) is summed up perfectly in the opening scene of “Falling for Christmas,” when her “glam squad” arrives at her hotel room to do something that doesn’t. isn’t immediately obvious for her already perfect curls and watermelon tinted lips.
It doesn’t matter that she wakes up like this, Sierra’s life is all about meaningless excess – more things you don’t need in life, but none of the things you actually do, like interacting with people who wear clothes like the flannel print.
Her father (Jack Wagner) owns a posh, namesake hotel, and he brought Sierra onto the property to work her into the family business as vice president of atmosphere — a job title she recognizes be about as real as the snow from the movie.
Bacon-hating Sierra soon finds herself on a mountaintop with her influential boyfriend Tad (George Young), who proposes with a ring that’s four times the size of an “I’m sorry” diamond. ‘a normal person. But before they can get back on their snowmobile, the weather quickly turns stormy and Sierra and Tad are thrown onto opposite sides of the snow-capped peak on which their dreams were about to come true.
Tad arrives and makes it his mission to return to town, eventually finding a grizzled guide along the way.
Sierra wakes up in a hospital, saved by a struggling bed and breakfast owner, played by “Glee” alum Chord Overstreet, who in the role shows he’s now old enough to grow a beard. single father.
The hospital – not to mention its poor rural health care – frees Sierra, now an unnamed amnesiac, to local hot daddy Jake, who takes her in and teaches her the way to the lower middle class. It’s like “Overboard”, except there’s only one motherless child and a Christmas town.
You don’t need a crystal ball for the rest, and no one should have the delicious cheese and bacon buyout that takes place afterwards ruined for them.
Suffice to say that the spirit of the holidays affects both spoiled heiresses, grieving families and mountain townspeople, so much so that no one seems to recognize the face of one of the richest people in their region. But who cares ?
“Falling for Christmas” is so much bigger than its crater-like storylines. It’s a joyful reminder that you don’t have to lose your memory to remember how precious new beginnings are.
Lohan’s reappearance in the spotlight in support of the film’s release was rightly celebrated. She endured much criticism in the years leading up to her retirement from celebrity life, and like so many women who have been treated unfairly in the media, she is taking up the narrative, both in public and on screen.
Here, Lohan wears Sierra Privilege with the same sass she wore a miniskirt in “Mean Girls.” She smiles with the familiar mischief that made you want to be best friends with Annie and Hallie in “The Parent Trap.” And, damn it, if she can’t cook watery eyes with surprising efficiency yet. It’s the formula that’s worked for Lohan since his early days, and works so effectively for Hallmark-like holiday movies that it’s become a genre-famous thing.
Some actors shoot for the Oscars, and that’s great. Lohan’s magical power has always brought movies to life that simply aim to be undisputed delights. If for that and just for that, “Falling for Christmas” is a gift.
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