Bure's Christmas Garland
Third year surgical resident Lauren Brunell (Candace Cameron Bure) has her whole life planned out from marrying current boyfriend Scott (Timothy S. Shoemaker) to following in her father's, Henry Brunell's (Robert Pine), footsteps by accepting a fellowship at the same hospital that he works in. But then Lauren's plans start to unravel when first Scott breaks up with her and then she doesn't get offered the fellowship at the hospital where she wants. To make matters worse the only position available to Lauren is in the small town of Garland, Alaska. Whilst Garland is not where Lauren planned to be she starts to warm to the place especially when she meets the handsome Andy (David O'Donnell) who manages to convince Lauren that living for the moment is better than making plans. The question is whether Andy and Garland will grow on Lauren enough to keep her there or maybe something more magical will keep her there.
Unique it certainly isn't but the incredibly obvious "Christmas Under Wraps" works, well I mean works if you are a fan of cheerful made for TV Christmas movies featuring cute actresses, cute comedy, cute Christmas decorations and cute anything else you can imagine. I enjoy these sorts of movies, I am a sucker for the cuteness of these Christmas movies and in truth enjoy the obviousness of them because frankly when you have watched and reviewed a few heavy movies something which is easy to watch and doesn't make you think is a pleasant change.
As such at times "Christmas Under Wraps" feels like the writers have picked various ideas from other made for TV movies; we have a city doctor with a plan for life ending up in a small town where living day to day is the order of things. With the aid of a handsome local to soothe her broken heart she falls in love with the place and him whilst there is the added cliche of the handsome Andy not being sure that he is ready to take over the family business. There is though one bit of mystery to this story involving Andy's friendly father Frank who with his white hair, beard and portly belly could be a dead ringer for ....
Now I mentioned cute a few times and Candace Cameron Bure is cute, she has the eyes and smile as well as the hair so what ever she wears she looks adorable in it. And whilst "Christmas Under Wraps" doesn't feature great romance or chemistry Bure and David O'Donnell look good together and come across with a nice friendly vibe going on.
What this all boils down to is that "Christmas Under Wraps" is one of those Christmas movies for those who are suckers for easy to watch, cute, obvious, made for TV Christmas movies and not for those seeking originality, realism and anything other than cliche. Although it certainly does an interesting job of playing around with some unoriginal themes.