Great American Family

A Dash of Christmas (2023)

December 22, 2023

On the 0-Christmas scale I give it a "Sweet Smelling Gingerbread"

What occurs when a successful advertising executive who leaves her job to travel home for the holidays accidently bumps into a hunky male baker late one magical winter eve and spills his delicious pastries over the unforgiving cement sidewalk?

A) Love

B) Love

C) Love but only after a misunderstanding

D) All the Above


Think carefully because your answer is telling about whether you are on track for heaven or hell!

When Megan (played by Broadway star Laura Osnes) meets manly confectioner Aaron McBay (played by the former Hallmark prolific actor Christopher Russell) sparks kind of fly. Russell has played in some of our favorite Hallmarks, including non-Christmas ones. He most often plays a park ranger, carpenter, or other manly type occupation. This movie follows suit with him being a baker, as opposed to a less manly cook, cattle-hand, or flannel-wearing handyman.

Anyway, the dynamic between Megan and Aaron is great. They are both great actors and the chemistry is evident. She is the baking powder to his flour. Or maybe it’s the other way around. But, the science is clear.

Another reason I liked this film was the supporting actors and actresses were also good and contributed to the film.

The Myth, The Man, The Legend, Mr. Bob Saenz

Now, most of you peasants won’t dive deep enough to know that the brilliance behind this movie starts with the writer, Bob Saenz. This man deserves a star on the Hollywood Blvd. He has acted in blockbusters such as Church People (2021), Apocalypse According to Doris (rated 7.4 on IMDB) and the Village Barbershop (2008). More than just an actor, he has written movies such as A Brush with Christmas (2022), The Christmas Yule Blog (2020), and The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland (2020). The latter I have not seen but the title alone…the title alone…

This film is a thumbs up and worth the watch!


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