3/5* Shivs Show | Siobhan Divers
Dir: Mel Damski
Starring: Danica McKellar, Neal Bledsoe, Andrew Francis, Lindsay Maxwell, Paula Shaw, Andrew Kavadas, Brenda Crichlow.
Probably one of the best and least predictable Hallmark Christmas movies I’ve watched, Coming Home for Christmas is a festive romance where a woman has two brothers fighting over her… sounds great right?
And to make viewers even more jealous, the brothers are rich, with a grand house that even has its own STAFF.
With the help of her sister, Megan (Lindsay Maxwell), Lizzie Richfield (Danica McKellar) lands a job as the House Manager of the grand Ashford Estate. Owned by the Marley family, the estate is being sold by Robert Marley (Neal Bledsoe), the grandson of Matriarch Pippa Marley (Paula Shaw).
While preparing the place for sale, Lizzie organises one final Christmas Eve Gala and in doing so catches the eye of, not only Robert Marley, but also his brother Kip (Andrew Francis).
In a Bridget Jones Diary-style choice, Lizzie has the choice of fun, energetic and outgoing brother Kip or more serious, shy and business oriented brother Robert. And, until the end, she could arguably choose either, leaving viewers guessing throughout the film who she should end up with.
Cute and festive (I’m a sucker for festive romance films in case you haven’t worked that out yet), Coming Home for Christmas is one of Hallmark’s best Christmas romances.