Christmas in Cinders
After her parents died Angie's (Emma Rigby - Endless Love) uncle took her in and along with her cousin Candace (Sarah Stouffer) they have been running his catering business, although truth be told it is Angie who has been doing everything and Candace has been taking the credit for her work. When Candace has a disaster at the beauticians Angie takes the opportunity to go to the Christmasquerade Ball, a masked ball which the company had organized for Nicholas (Peter Porte - A Gift to Remember), a wealthy and hunky bachelor. But before Angie can reveal to Nicholas who she is she has to flee from the ball in fear that Candace will discover, leaving Nicholas on a quest to find who the mysterious woman is.
I have to say right away that when I sat down to watch "A Cinderella Christmas" my expectations were not exactly high as what can you do with a Christmas take on Cinderella to make it entertaining in a fresh, new way. And what we get are some changes to the basic storyline, just enough to make you smile with the wicked stepmother and evil step sisters dispatched with and replaced by a wicked cousin. We also have the prince switched to a bachelor and a fun way in which he plans to find his mysterious woman by making an opening proposal to her online with a Christmas Eve wedding.
And the good news doesn't stop there because whilst we get the obvious part of Angie getting to know Nicholas whilst he is oblivious to the fact she is his mystery woman we get more layers from Candace blackmailing Angie to Nicholas having a bit of an ego, being a popular bachelor. And on top of that we have Nicholas's mother who is not only a snob but of course interfering. All of which makes for a fun movie with Emma Rigby and Peter Porter delivering likeable performances, although Lucy DeVito steals a few scenes with a bubbly performance.
What this all boils down to is that "A Cinderella Christmas" is a fun take on the familiar Cinderella story which just enough changes to make it fresh without messing with it too much. Although I have to say that whilst we have nice looking buildings dressed up with Christmas garlands and so on it isn't really that Christmassy.