Anderson Whitmire must Suffer

Tammin Sursok in Girlfriends of Christmas Past (2016)

At her family Thanksgiving meal Livvy Beal (Tammin Sursok) thought her boyfriend, Anderson Whitmire (John Brotherton), was going to propose, but as it turns out he was dumping her. When Livvy's gay best friend, Tyler (Chris Salvatore), mentions the website rate-your-ex Livvy discovers two of Anderson's previous girlfriends; Murphy (Lindsey McKeon) and Zoe (Abigail Klein) also were not only dumped but it seems dumped shortly after the love rat had met someone else. It gives Livvy the idea of the three of them joining forces to teach Anderson a lesson and make his current girlfriend learn how much of the rat he is before he dumps her as well. But in doing so Livvy meets nice guy Bolton Carter (Brent Bailey) who works for Anderson.

I have to admit when I saw the name of "Girlfriends of Christmas Past" I thought this was going to be a made for TV rip-off of Matthew McConaughey's "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past". Turns out I was wrong and as I began to watch "Girlfriends of Christmas Past" it became more apparent that this was going to be more along the lines of "John Tucker Must Die" with Livvy leading a trio of former girlfriends on a campaign of comedic revenge against the smooth talking Anderson. In fairness it isn't a bad idea although one which rather than giving us classy revenge comedy goes for more of a slapstick variety which of course at times borders on the dumb rather than fun.

Chris Salvatore in Girlfriends of Christmas Past (2016)

But "Girlfriends of Christmas Past" is not all about the comedic attempts to get revenge from three diverse women, Anderson certainly didn't have a type in this movie, we also get another slice of cliche in Livvy falling for the handsome nice guy Bolton. Of course this is all obvious as not only does Bolton work in the same office as Anderson but he is unaware that Livvy and her friends are up to no good and are trying to sabotage their ex's relationship.

What this all boils down to is that "Girlfriends of Christmas Past" is just a basic romantic comedy Christmas movie which feels like it has been inspired by a big screen movie. It isn't by any means bad as it has some charm, some fun and some Christmassy warmth but like so many it doesn't break the mould or really focuses on Christmas.

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