12 Men of Christmas (2009) - movie review on The Movie Scene

12 Men of Christmas (2009)   3/53/53/53/53/5


Kristin Chenoweth in 12 Men of Christmas (2009)

Wait for the Calendar

E.J. Baxter (Kristin Chenoweth - Deck the Halls) had it all; a great job as a PR agent for the biggest publicist in the city, a beautiful apartment and her boyfriend works for the same company. But then she finds her boyfriend cheating on her with her boss and not only does she end up boy-friendless and without a job but unable to get a job in the city. It leads to E.J. taking a job in a small town miles from nowhere in the hope of re-establishing herself, using her PR talents to help the volunteer Search & Rescue team to raise funds for a helicopter by producing a tasteful hunky volunteer calendar. Whilst one of the volunteers, Jason (Stephen Huszar - Magical Christmas Ornaments), is all for it another volunteer, Will (Josh Hopkins - Northpole), is not in favour of it. Trouble is that E.J. finds herself torn between the two men.

Let me just find my "broken record" speech as sadly there was a time when those who made Christmas TV movies did so in an almost factory line manner, seeming to give little thought to story originality and focused more on the appeal. And there is no ignoring the fact that "12 Men of Christmas", whilst having a storyline with a humorous 12 hunky naked men calendar, the real storyline is the sparks which fly between E.J. and Will as of course after being snarky towards each other with humorous snipes they end up admitting to their feelings. It is obvious as is the fact that city girl E.J., who is a fish out of water to start with, ends up falling for small town life.

The big thing about "12 Men of Christmas" is that the majority of the movie isn't set as Christmas and as such whilst there are some Christmassy scenes it doesn't have the Christmas appeal you might be anticipating. It also doesn't have the great character chemistry either as whilst Kristin Chenoweth is a lot of fun as E.J. Baxter she is also a little too cynical and snipey at times which makes the romantic chemistry not so believable.

What this all boils down to is that whilst "12 Men of Christmas" is entertaining and fun in an obvious way it doesn't really deliver on the Christmas appeal you might be expecting.

Tags: TV Christmas Movies, Christmas Movies


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