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A Christmas in Tennessee (2018)

A baker unites the people of her small mountain town to stop a real estate developer.

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Gary Yates

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Cassie Doyle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Boston ... Allison Brentley
Andrew W. Walker ... Matthew Gilbert (as Andrew Walker)
Patricia Richardson ... Martha
Kate Moyer ... Olivia Brentley
Bill Lake ... Mayor Paul
Stephanie Moroz ... Rebecca Rowe
Susanna Portnoy Susanna Portnoy ... Sarah Grace
Harry Nelken Harry Nelken ... Bill
Marina Stephenson Kerr ... Rose (as Marina Stephenson)
Blake Taylor Blake Taylor ... Clive Harris
Cherissa Richards ... Lindsey McMillan
Caroline Rhea ... Madame Claus
Tom Young ... Monsieur Claus
Kevin Klassen Kevin Klassen ... Matthew's Brother
Megan MacArton Megan MacArton ... Matthew's Mother (as Megan McArton)
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Storyline

Cutting short her French pastry training, divorced Allison Brentley and her adolescent daughter Olivia Brentley moved back to Allison's hometown of White Pines, Tennessee - nestled in the Smoky Mountains - when her father fell ill, and upon his subsequent death, Allison took over running the struggling family business, Rocky Top Bakery, working alongside her mother, Martha. Feeling like her ex-husband not only abandoned her but more importantly Olivia, Allison has sworn off dating not wanting ever to put Olivia in that position again. Overhearing her mother talk about the bakery's struggles, Olivia, as her Christmas wish from Santa, asks for more people to come to the bakery to buy what she considers the world's best cookies so that her mother won't have to worry about money. Olivia may have gotten part of her wish when a kindly, motherly woman and subsequently her husband come into the shop and loving the cookies ultimately place an extremely large order for a Christmas party, Olivia... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

9 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas in Tennessee See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada See more »

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Smokey Mountain Films See more »
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Stereo

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16:9 HD
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The Smoky Mountains are sometime listed as Smokey Mountains in the movie. See more »

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Like A Kid At Christmas
Performed by The Five Boroughs
Played as third song during the dance after the Christmas play
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Sugar and spice
26 December 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Others have summed up 'Christmas in Tennessee' very well, both its good and not so good points. The former of which there is thankfully more of, even though it is a long way from flawless it does well in achieving its primary aims of being light-hearted undemanding entertainment and a pleasant enough diversion. It is not easy with every Hallmark/Lifetime Christmas film to not take things too seriously and take it for what it is, dependent on how bad the flaws are, it was thankfully easy here.

As far as the Hallmark/Lifetime Christmas films go, of which there are countless existing and some are (much) better than others, 'Christmas in Tennessee' is one of the solid high middle ones. If the story was balanced a little better than it was, with the different story elements being equally focused and the right ones given primary focus, it could have been one of the best and was quite close to being. There was more than enough to it to make me feel satisfied watching.

'Christmas in Tennessee', as said, could have balanced its story better. The business angle is focused on too much and at the end of the day didn't end up fitting that well with the rest of the film. It complicated the storytelling somewhat and the film lost its momentum. A shame because the romance and Santa elements are handled very nicely but could have been utilised more, particularly the romance.

Some of the dialogue is on the soapy side and because of not being focused on enough the romantic chemistry didn't feel fully formed.

The acting is better than average though and often quite good for this sort of film, where this component has been a mixed success (meaning either extreme of good or bad or uneven). The two leads' chemistry does have enough moments of charm and doesn't look awkward. The Santa plotline is where the film is at its strongest, with it injecting much spice and warmth without getting too sappy. The story is not perfect but it didn't feel dull generally and was light-hearted and heart-warming.

While not awards-worthy (nor is it that sort of film), the production values are pleasing and for a made for television film there is nothing really amateurish about it. The music is a pleasant listen and is used well, while any comedy didn't feel overdone and the more serious ones not ham-handed or too sickly.

Overall, quite good. 7/10


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