Holiday Special

Snowed Inn Christmas

Distributed by: Lifetime

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                When you are looking for something to get you in the Christmas spirit, but don’t feel like pulling out your Christmas DVDs, just about anything will do.  Sure, they are usually cheesy, but I have enjoyed a couple of Lifetime Christmas movies.  With that in mind, I decided to watch Snowed Inn Christmas.

                Snowed Inn Christmas stars Bethany Joy Lenz and Andrew Walker as Jenna Hudson and Kevin Jenner, two writers who work for the same online publication in New York City.  Polar opposites as writers and as people, the two are surprised that they have both volunteered for a special writing assignment for Christmas, neither having anywhere special to go over the holiday

                When their plane is forced to land in Santa Claus, Indiana, thanks to a heavy snowstorm, the two find themselves in a historic town inn, run by Christopher and Carol Winters (John B. Lowe and Belinda Montgomery), who just happen to look like Mr. and Mrs. Claus.  Rumor has it that years ago, Santa crashed his sleigh in this town and decided he loved it so much, he would stay.  But this inn couldn’t be run by Santa and his wife, could it?

                When Jenna and Kevin learn that the inn is in jeopardy of closing down, the two work on trying to find some proof that the place is a historic landmark.  All the while, they still have to complete their writing assignments, but while working together to two learn enough about one another to realize that they aren’t so different after all.  In time, they both rediscover the magic of Christmas, but will that be enough to save the inn…or even what’s slowly growing between them?

                Okay, Snowed Inn Christmas is definitely a cheesy, predictable Lifetime movie, but for some reason, I liked it.  Yes, you just knew that the two would get together from the beginning of the movie.  Yes, you knew that couple had to be Mr. and Mrs. Claus, though they never actually say they are.  Yes, you know they are going to find a way to save this inn.  All that being said, this film still reminds us of the magic of Christmas, the importance of family in Christmas and the need to let down defenses and let others in.  And just as important as the message, Bethany Joy Lenz and Andrew Walker have incredible chemistry, making their eventual romance quite believable.

                So, despite the cheesiness and predictability, I thought Snowed Inn Christmas was cute enough to be bearable and worth watching; a bright spot in a year of horrible “original” Christmas movies.


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