Strangers on a Plane

Mayim Bialik and Ryan McPartlin in The Flight Before Christmas (2015)

Having already made the awkward phone call to tell her mum she won't be coming home for Christmas as she is going to move in with her boyfriend Brian (Gib Gerard), Stephanie (Mayim Bialik) is left broken hearted when he decides to dump her on the day she is due to movie in. Having decided to take a last minute flight home that Stephanie meets Michael (Ryan McPartlin) who is planning to surprise his girlfriend, a quite demanding girlfriend, with a proposal. But a freak snow storm means their plane has to divert to Bozeman, Montana where Stephanie manages to nab the last room in a B&B. Despite having not gone on when they sat next to each other on the plane Stephanie lets Michael share their room as they try to make the best of a bad deal.

A broken hearted girl meets a man on the way to be engaged to someone who clearly is not the right person for them. They start off by being annoyed at each other but of course they start to see each other differently as they get close. Oh and just for good measure anyone who sees them together mistakes them as a couple. I need more than all my fingers and thumbs to count the number of movies I have watched which use this strangers meet and fall for each other set up and whilst most have been from the world of made for TV movies some have been from the big screen. And now I have another as "The Flight Before Christmas" delivers all of what I have said in a completely typical manner, in fact so typical that this is one Christmas movie which really doesn't need much reviewing.

What is worth mentioning is that not to be bored by "The Flight Before Christmas" you need to be a Mayim Bialik fan as she is the movie's main draw. Fortunately I have always liked Bialik especially because when she is doing soulful she sounds believable but she also has the snap to make the quick comedy lines work even when those lines are not always that great. Aside from Bialik well there is Ryan McPartlin in such a generic role that the chances are you will even forget he was in the movie.

What this all boils down to is that "The Flight Before Christmas" is nothing special and there are a lot of other movies out there which use a similar storyline. But if you are a fan of Mayim Bialik and made for TV Christmas movies then this one is a nice time waster even if I doubt you will remember it come next year.

Tags: TV Christmas Movies, Christmas Movies

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