Sorvino's Overboard for Mathison
Busy, busy, busy is how Jennifer Wade (Mira Sorvino - Finding Mrs. Claus) lives her life, especially when Christmas comes as not only is she a top presenter on the Homestyle channel but her memories of her mum's perfect Christmas means she doesn't find Christmas special anymore despite being an expert in hosting them. Deciding that she needs a break she gets in her car and is heading up to a mountain retreat to de-stress when she ends up having an accident. When she comes around not only does Jennifer discover she has been rescued by handsome widower John Blake (Cameron Mathison - The Christmas Ornament), a dad of three who is also a vet, but she can't remember a thing about who she is, what she does and she certainly doesn't remember her hang-ups over Christmas.
"A Christmas to Remember" is another one of those Hallmark Christmas movies which can't escape from not only its predictable nature but also its similarities to other movies. As such I will say spoiler alert but it isn't really necessary because of course by the end of the movie Jennifer will have fallen in love with John and his children as well as the homely community which he lives in where everyone are friends and cares for each other. As such not only did this remind me of many a Hallmark movie it also has a touch of "Overboard" about it. On top of this there is also a semi mystery surrounding another character but again when you watch "A Christmas to Remember" you are likely to see it as a familiar add-on and only really background noise.
What this means is that once again "A Christmas to Remember" is another Hallmark Christmas movie reliant on the appeal of the cast as well as the look rather than the story. And this is where it wins as both Mira Sorvino and Cameron Mathison bring plenty of likeability to their characters even though the characters lack any real depth. Then there is of course the locations and the decorations and I reckon that "A Christmas to Remember" has one of the most amazing log cabins you will see with an interior so beautiful that it makes you want to trade your brick home in for one which has beautiful wooden curves.
What this all boils down to is that "A Christmas to Remember" is most importantly a pleasant Hallmark Christmas movie with all the usual ingredients from the looks to the likeable nature of Mira Sorvino and Cameron Mathison. But this is just a routine Hallmark movie which is not only predictable but you will spend a lot of time thinking of the other movies it reminds you of.