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Christmas Next Door (2017)

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Eric Randall (Jesse Metcalfe), a famous author who writes about how to stay a bachelor is forced to look after his niece and nephew over the holidays and, with the help of his Christmas-loving neighbor, April Stewart (Fiona Gubelmann), he learns to find love and the Christmas spirit.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Metcalfe ... Eric Redford
Fiona Gubelmann ... April Stewart
Brittany Bristow ... Elaine Stewart
Jenna Weir ... Chelsea
Liam MacDonald ... Liam
Brent Crawford ... Conrad Brummel
Mary Long Mary Long ... Sarah Redford
Eugene Clark ... Nick / Agent
Evan Cleaver ... Ted
Tara Yelland ... Bridget
Joy Tanner ... Dana
Andrew Jackson ... Bruce
Jacob Blair ... Steve
Kevin Claydon ... Jack
Christian Potenza ... Ryan
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Storyline

Single bachelor books author Eric Redford boycotts Christmas since his first love turned his proposal down that day, so appears a grump to seasonally-obsessed neighbor Conrad Brummel. This year his sister will be overseas for the holidays, do he agreed to babysit cute rascal cousins Liam and Chelsea. he starts to enjoy that family role, and the company of his helpful neighbor, music teacher with theatrical ambition April Stewart. However Eric still blind-dates jealous Bridget. Written by KGF Vissers

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Family | Romance

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TV-G | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christmas Next Door See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Leif Films See more »
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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Skating scene is filmed in front of Toronto's city hall at Nathan Philips Square. Skating is done outside usual rink area used. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Eric comes to the restaurant where Eric works and she stops playing (her violin) and gives it to a customer, and she & Eric leave the restaurant without picking up the violin and you see them going into his house sans violin. See more »

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Never Underestimate the Power of the Side Part!
3 January 2018 | by fishfryluv2See all my reviews

My wife and I settled in for some festive TV watching a couple of weeks ago, and we landed on Christmas Next Door from the Hallmark Channel. However, we also had things to do, so we only watched parts of this movie over the course of two hours. By the time the movie was over, I estimate that I had watched about 18 minutes of this actual movie, and my wife probably watched about 12 minutes. There was some overlap in our watching, but there were also some parts one of us watched while the other person was doing something in another room. Together, we pretty much got the gist of the story.

It seems that the guy in the story, who early on had his black hair completely slicked back, did not have the Christmas spirit, and did not like decorating for Christmas. There was some annoying man who lived on Slicked-Back's block who wanted to decorate the front of his house for him, but Slicked-Back was having none of it. After not watching for a little while, my wife and I tuned in to find a blonde woman, who also lived on that block, talking to her sister about how Slicked-Back doesn't like to decorate. This part was troubling to me, and I honestly feared for Slicked-Back's life at that point. It seemed that the whole neighborhood was obsessed with him. I was afraid that the neighbors were going to drug him, kidnap him, and perform medical experiments on him where they tried to make him part reindeer. I imagine that they probably would have attached the antlers to his head, kept his face in tact, given him a reindeer torso, kept his human arms and legs, and then attached hooves. Sleep with one eye open, Slicked-Back!

I guess my fear wasn't so great that I had to keep watching because we stopped paying attention to the movie for a while. When we started watching again, Slicked-Back was still alive, BUT he was hanging out with the blonde woman enjoying Christmas carols AND his hair went from being slicked back to an even side part. This encapsulated the main character's transition from being a bad boy who was too cool for xmas to the side-parted teddy bear who wanted nothing more than to buy the prized goose for Bob Cratchit's family. My wife noticed this too, and we both instantly knew that Side-Part had found the true meaning of Christmas. I was so moved that immediately hugged my daughter, but she was busy tearing napkins to shreds and therefore did not seem to care about my hug.


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