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Christmas Pen Pals (2018)

TV-PG | | Romance | TV Movie 15 December 2018
Following an unexpected breakup weeks before Christmas, Hannah (Drew), tech wiz and creator of the dating app, Perfect One, heads home for the holidays, challenged to save her failing ... See full summary »

Director:

Siobhan Devine

Writer:

Carley Smale
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sarah Drew ... Hannah Morris
Niall Matter ... Sam Watson
William Vaughan ... Joe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jag Bal ... Ian
Jesse Arthur Carroll ... Mike Jones
Vincent Dangerfield Vincent Dangerfield ... Greg Williams
Kathleen Duborg ... Susan
Chelsea Gill ... Waitress
Michael Gross ... Ted
Nicholas Holmes Nicholas Holmes ... Young Max
Catherine Lough Haggquist ... Naomi
Giles Panton ... Daniel Harrison
Naika Toussaint ... Julie
Nevis Unipan ... Lizzy
Talana Watt Madu Talana Watt Madu ... Ice Skater
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Following an unexpected breakup weeks before Christmas, Hannah (Drew), tech wiz and creator of the dating app, Perfect One, heads home for the holidays, challenged to save her failing business by re-conceiving a new romantic dating model. Upon her return she runs into her high school boyfriend, Sam (Matter) who she has carefully avoided for years and reluctantly makes a deal with her dad, Ted (Gross) to sign up for the town's Christmas Cupid, an anonymous holiday pen pal service. As the season progresses, Hannah is smitten by each beautifully written letter she receives and starts to believe that her Christmas pen pal could be her soul mate. It's not until Christmas Eve that everyone must reveal their true identities to their pen pals, even if it means coming face to face with the last person they ever expected.

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Romance

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29 December 2019 | by chiltonsjillfreeportSee all my reviews

My biggest obstacle to enjoying this was Sarah Drew as Hannah, whose piercing voice and manic manner grated against a mostly charming plot.

First we get Hannah's automated, colorless attempt at life, met with shrill anxiety about her company's failing dating app and stock. So Hannah goes home to visit her father and married sister to regroup and find the 'spark'.

Home, Hannah quickly chooses the 'love' option of the town's anonymous pen pal matching effort. Her doubts turn to intrigue as smart, thoughtful letters from her match arrive.

Then, with her shrill sister's input, Hannah promptly obsesses over the identity of her pen pal-despite knowing all will be revealed in 2 weeks.

Anxiety is Hannah's consistent theme. Which reaches a fever pitch of stress as she makes dumb and desperate moves guessing at her soulmate.

It's a shame for the film. Hannah's love interest/ex Sam is a perfectly cast Niall Matter, whose subdued kindness hints at the long hurt underneath.

You may like this much better if you can get past my 2 nagging questions. 1) Did the Lifetime folks really consider Hannah likable? If you dated someone for 4 years, wouldn't you easily be able to rule in, or out, their handwriting???


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Language:

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15 December 2018 (USA) See more »

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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