A Small Town Christmas
Rock star Dax (Drew Lachey) finds his already troubled image damaged even further when he wakes up in the driving seat of his car with a frozen turkey in the passenger seat and surrounded by the flashing bulbs of the swarming paparazzi. On a damage control mission his manager has Dax agree to spend a week in a small town and perform in the local Christmas concert which he reluctantly agrees to. But rather than some fancy hotel Dax has to live with Reverend Harding (Peter LaCroix) and his family including his daughter Kelly (MacKenzie Porter) who writes the blurb for children's book covers. But despite find life alien to what he is use to he begins to be charmed by the Christian family values and small town life and especially Kelly.
I honestly believe it takes a brave person to take a familiar themed movie and rather than trying to change it up just stick with the theme and make it work as best as they can. For that reason I applaud director Kristoffer Tabori because with "Guess Who's Coming to Christmas" he takes the extremely familiar theme of a big city, bad boy rock star finding small town life to his liking and just keeps it simple, delivering on the uplifting nature of a man rediscovering who he really is and what he really wants. It means that from the minute "Guess Who's Coming to Christmas" starts you know how it is going to play out but in this case the familiarity works in its favour.
Of course "Guess Who's Coming to Christmas" has another element as we have Dax living with a Reverend and his family which means he has to deal with their Christian way of life. From saying grace before a meal, to Kelly resisting Dax romantic advances as he initially tries to bed her and there is plenty more including some comedy. The thing is that it doesn't push any Christian message down the throat of the audience but instead just uses a more basic do the right thing approach. In the same breathe "Guess Who's Coming to Christmas" is also a Christmas movie but like many uses it more as a back drop than the focus of the movie.
What this all boils down to is that "Guess Who's Coming to Christmas" is nothing special and runs with a familiar theme which most movie lovers will have stumbled across at least once before. But it works the familiar theme well and in a way its familiarity works in its favour, making it easy to watch and frankly be charmed by.