A Merry Melissa & Mario
Connie Forrester (Melissa Joan Hart - Broadcasting Christmas) and Will DiNova (Mario Lopez - The Dog Who Saved Christmas) are rival toy shop owners and are not averse to using some playfully under hand tactics to try and get one over on each other. But with Connie's business needing a successful Christmas and Will needing a profitable one in order to buy back the family home they find themselves reluctantly joining forces when a major toy store suddenly opens up in town and threatens to put them both out of business.
Some times I wonder how made for TV Christmas movies would be with different actors in the main roles as some times it is the history of the cast which ends up being a dominating factor. It is in truth the dominating factor with "A Very Merry Toy Store" as the stars of it are Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez who many will know from the various TV shows they have been involved in and maybe for "Holiday in Handcuffs", the Christmas TV movie which they starred in together back in 2007. It is very much the fun of them skirting and flirting around each other which makes "A Very Merry Toy Store" along with the fact that both Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez are likeable.
Now there are a few things which go on in "A Very Merry Toy Store" such as the history of the toy stores with the families having once been partners but now find themselves rivals. There is also the fact that Connie is a single mum whilst her mum ends up friendly with the owner of the cafe as she gives him piano lessons, which gives use parts for Brian Dennehy and Beth Broderick. But the focus is of course on Connie and Will putting their rivalry to one side and, you guessed it, falling for each other whilst dealing with a mega bucks rival. And "A Very Merry Toy Store" is some cute Christmas movie fun but nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to made for TV Christmas movies.
What this all boils down to is that "A Very Merry Toy Store" is just another fun made for TV Christmas movie which works mostly because fans of Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez will watch it because they are in it. But beyond the appeal of Melissa Joan Hart and Mario Lopez "A Very Merry Toy Store" is pretty routine, although still entertaining.