It’s officially December, which means Christmas flicks are hitting streamers at a whiplash-inducing pace. A solid majority of these films are stuffed like a stocking with genre tropes: Romantic misunderstandings and identity swaps abound, with sprinkles of grieving widows here and there, a pinch deadbeat partners added to the mix for good measure, and of course a joyous ice skating scene if you’re lucky. Anyone who is familiar with the genre will give the average Christmas film full permission to be over-the-top, corny, outlandish and predictable. A big no-no, however, is a Christmas film that is devoid of life, spirit or heart. This, reader, we cannot abide.
Sadly, these shortcomings are pretty much all that the newest Christmas release, Something from Tiffany’s, has to offer. Based on a Melissa Hill novel of the same name, the film kicks off with a classic Christmas Switch. Getting ready to pop the question to his girlfriend Vanessa (Shay Mitchell), novelist Ethan Greene (Kendrick Sampson) purchases Something from Tiffany’s: A lavish engagement ring. His proposal gets derailed, however, when he accidentally swaps gift bags with tattoo artist Gary (Ray Nicholson), who bought his charmingly earnest baker girlfriend Rachel (Zoey Deutch) earrings from the same store. Sounds like a foolproof setup for a holiday romp, right?
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