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Movie Review: A Very Merry Mix-Up (2013)

Earlier this month, I wrote a review about the movie, The Christmas Ornament. I purchased it as part of a movie set of four movies from the Hallmark Channel. Since I already watched one movie, I decided to watch another. This time, I picked A Very Merry Mix-up.

The plot synopsis of the movie on Hallmark’s website is…

Shop owner Alice Chapman (Alicia Witt) is nervous to meet her future in-laws at Christmas, especially because she is arriving ahead of her new fiancé, Will Mitchum (Scott Gibson). Alice’s trip becomes more stressful when her luggage is lost and her phone is damaged, leaving her no way to find Will’s family! As fate would have it, she meets her future brother-in-law, Matt Mitchum (Mark Wiebe), at baggage claim and is happy to get a ride home with him. As Alice meets Matt’s doting family, mom Penny (Susan Hogan), dad Joe (Richard Fitzpatrick) and Grandpa Charles (Lawrence Dane), she falls in love with their festive holiday traditions and warm welcome to their home. And when unexpected romance comes calling as Christmas approaches, Alice must decide if her “Merry Mix-Up” will actually turn out to be her destiny.

The movie’s focus on if Alice belongs with her fiance does not develop until later in the film, after Alice meets her actual future in-laws. The family is disconnected with each other with a father who focuses on work only and a mother who focuses on spiritual enlightenment including using a green concoction that is supposed to cleans the body. Their son is also disconnected with what is going on around him as well as Alice’s ambitions for her shop, which she inherited from her late father. To add more urgency to Alice’s decision, she is also pressured by her fiance to sell the shop for a large sum of money through a deal he brokered himself without her permission.

The movie is cute and very enjoyable. When the movie came out in 2013, I didn’t think I’d like the movie a lot. Yet, when I watched it, I did like it. Today, I still like it. It isn’t the kind of movie I would like to normally watch from Hallmark, but it is a very enjoyable movie.

I recommend this movie to anyone looking for a sweet Christmas romance movie.

Well, that’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

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