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TRL’s Margo Friloux and Lindsey Hughes share their opinion on Hallmark movies.

Deck the Hallmark

TRL’s Margo Friloux and Lindsey Hughes share their opinion on Hallmark movies

December 16, 2020

People watch Hallmark movies throughout the holiday season. For some, Hallmark movies are a staple for Christmas time, but others think they are too predictable to enjoy. 

Treason of the season

Hallmark movies scream Christmas time and are constantly airing on TV throughout the holiday season. These movies will make one want to scream, and pull their hair out while watching the predictability, cheesiness and identical plots in all of the Hallmark movies.

While watching Hallmark movies, I can predict exactly what will happen next as the film proceeds. A man on the street will bump into a girl. They will spend their holiday season together.There will be a fight between them. Then, they will make up with a grand, sentimental gesture. Finally, they will spend the rest of their life together. While watching these movies, one will be able to anticipate everything that will come next, and that creates an awful watching experience. 

Along with being predictable, Hallmark movies are cringe-worthy. The actors and actresses that are cast for these movies desperately need acting classes. Their terrible acting creates awkward interactions between characters, and also gives the watcher second-hand embarrassment from how uncomfortable the actors look. Hallmark uses the same actors and actresses in almost every movie, so the acting is predictable in each movie and makes Hallmark even more difficult to watch. 

Every single Hallmark movie starts with one of the three basic plotlines: a divorced couple forced to spend the holiday together, a work addict who lives in the big city and is visiting a small town for Christmas, or a family-owned bakery that is either going out of business or competing in a baking contest. They all have some kind of love story intertwined in the plot somehow. The divorced couple falls in love again, the city man falls in love with a small-town girl, and the baker finds a partner that helps them revive their business. If you have watched one Hallmark movie, don’t waste your time watching another almost identical plotline. 

This holiday season, when wanting to watch a Christmas movie, my advice is to steer clear of the Hallmark channel. Avoid the frustrating predictability and tasteless plotlines of Hallmark movies this Christmas season, and instead choose  something with an entertaining and intriguing storyline.

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Hit the (Hall)mark

When the weather drops into the 30s and the time comes to turn on the fireplace to keep warm, the logical next step is to turn on the TV and watch a Hallmark movie with family. Yes, they are predictable 1.5 hour love-life dramas filled with mediocre acting, but they might just be the perfect out from the chaos of this world. 

With all the hectic decorating, baking and preparing for family in town, sitting down to let your mind not have to think is exactly what everyone needs during the holidays. Watching Hallmark movies is the perfect way to unwind. The plot is so predictable, that viewers can let their mind wander and not worry about noticing every twist and turn that typical movies have. Every ending is the same, so no anxious nail biting needs to take place while watching them. No one has to engage in active watching to understand what is going on, and during this time of year especially, that is exactly what one needs.

A second plus of watching Hallmark movies is the message that all the movies bring. With everything going in the world with holiday preparations and COVID-19 stress, the theme of family, love and giving is exactly what everyone needs to hear this season. In each Hallmark movie, the main character either falls in love with a family-oriented love interest, or they discover the meaning of Christmas with a lesson in a small town. These simple themes bring viewers the perfect feeling of holiday joy. Additionally, children can pick up on these life lessons because of the simplicity of the movies. 

Hallmark movies are timeless, never-ending gifts. No one can count the number of released Hallmark movies each year. Needless to say, when one is in the mood to watch a christmas movie, there are countless Hallmark movies to choose from, each with an uplifting theme that is timeless, with messages applicable to people of all ages, social classes and locations in the world. Growing up, the same Hallmark movies that one enjoyed watching as a child will still be there to enjoy when they are in their 80s. 

Hallmark movies are plain and simple, but that is exactly what is needed in the world right now. Uplifting, positive movies that are enjoyed by all allow families, friends and individuals to enjoy the season however celebrated.

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