Getting Catty at Christmas
Fireman Zach Stone (Brandon Routh - Unthinkable) doesn't have a problem attracting women especially when he's in his fire gear, the thing is that he is not in to commitment, in fact the only thing he is committed to is remaining a bachelor. Marilee (Kimberly Sustad - A Bride for Christmas) is a veterinarian student who between studying and working part time at a vets has no time at all for relationships despite the attempts of her friend to set her up. When Zach finds himself with a ginger cat who adopts him it brings him in to contact with Marilee who ends up giving him advice on looking after his cat. In doing so Zach and Marilee get on, the trouble is that both are so focused on keeping their way of lives as they are they may be too stubborn to realise they are in love.
For just a minute ignore the word Christmas in the title of "The Nine Lives of Christmas" and focus on the storyline about a reluctant bachelor and a career focused vet having a meet cute, keep on bumping in to each other and dealing with their friends pushing them to settle down. It's all familiar and in truth you know the ending before you sit down to watch this sort of movie as it is the typical Hallmark movie where good looking leads get it together. There is some amusement along the way with Marilee being a bit of a bumbling fool when she first meets Zach but "The Nine Lives of Christmas" doesn't feature anything you won't have seen before.
Keep ignoring the fact there is the word Christmas in the title of "The Nine Lives of Christmas" and Kimberly Sustad and Brandon Routh are nicely cast. Sustad pulls of the attractive woman who is not only career focused but a bit of a bumbling mess around a handsome man. On the subject of which, Routh does all the hunky, nice guy fireman stuff with plenty of flashing of the pearly whites. But again Kimberly Sustad and Brandon Routh could quite easily have slipped in to any other Hallmark romantic comedy because these characters combined with their looks are completely typical.
Okay getting to the fact that there is the word "Christmas" in the title "The Nine Lives of Christmas", well the word and some Christmas decorations do not a Christmas movie make. Basically all that "The Nine Lives of Christmas" feels like is a typical made for TV romantic comedy promoted as a Christmas movie when in fact it has next to nothing to do with Christmas other than those decorations which litter the background of each scene.
What this all boils down to is that "The Nine Lives of Christmas" is little more than your typical made for TV romantic comedy, the sort which gets churned out through out the year and as such if you enjoy Hallmark romantic comedies then this will probably entertain as long as you are not expecting plenty of Christmas fun.