A Christmas Come Together
Christmas is coming and Vicky (Cynthia Gibb - Sharing Christmas) and her husband Jason (David Millbern - Tornado Warning) are still going through a period of separation as they try and work out what they want. It makes things complicated for their children, Melissa (Alison Woods) and Will (Austin Majors), who don't want to have separate Christmases. It is why the children come up with a cunning plan to have both of their parents head to the beach house for Christmas, which is where Vicky and Jason had spent their honeymoon. But the plans of Melissa and Will are not as simple as they hope as not only does Vicky's boss, Myles (Jason Connery - The Search for Santa Paws), decide to spend Christmas at his nearby beach house but Jason's attractive assistant, Kristine (Cassidy Freeman), also shows up.
Let me tackle the turkey in the room, well this is a review of a Christmas movie so we can't have an elephant. When I think Christmas I think snow, decorations, cold air and wrapping up warm, I don't think of playing on the beach in shorts and as such I struggled with "An Accidental Christmas" as this is one of those beach and sun Christmas movies which simply never delivers the Christmassy feeling I want from a Christmas movie. Maybe if your use to the Christmas on the beach thing then this will work for you but for me it was the turkey in the room which I couldn't ignore.
But not having that Christmassy feel is not the only issue I have with "An Accidental Christmas" as this is one of those Christmas movies which are obvious from start to finish. We have the separated and arguing parents alongside their cunning children who set about getting their parents to realise they are still in love. And of course we have the other love interests to stoke up some jealousy whilst there is also James Hong playing a wise old local who comes forth with wisdom for those who chat to him. There is nothing in the way of new here and as such for seasoned Christmas movie fans and those who enjoy TV movies this is going to be a walk through to the inevitable.
What this all boils down to is that "An Accidental Christmas" just didn't do it for me with it not only lacking the Christmassy feel I so love but also lacking anything close to a different idea.