the year: 2012
the genre: rom-com
the cast: Lacey Chabert (Melanie); Adam Mayfield (Dean Ford); Thad Luckinbill (Justin); Florence Henderson (Peggy); Robert Pine (Jack Tisdale); John Ratzenberger (George Graves); Elizabeth Ann Bennett (Blaire)
the plot: Melanie is a bakery owner who hopes to whip up a holiday engagement with her busy boyfriend, handsome CEO Justin but finds an unexpected new love when a mysterious mall Santa doubles as a meddling cupid. Justin invites Melanie to spend the holidays at his beautiful lake house upstate and meet his mother and Melanie is delighted. Due to a series of mishaps, Melanie finds herself stranded with Justin’s best friend and loyal assistant, Dean, instead. Meanwhile, Justin's high school sweetheart shows up at his lake house and they spend time together, delighting his mother.
don't miss: John Ratzenberger as George, the mechanic. He has another important job, but I'll let you discover that one on your own.
I'm not typically a huge fan of rom-coms that include Santa Claus, but this one wasn't too bad. There was enough humor to keep it from being too cheesy, and Dean is dreamy. Just sayin.