The Duds and Studs: A Hallmark Movie Worth Watching!

Huh? What’s this? A competently made and actually decent Hallmark movie!? Could it be… Yes, Just In Time for Christmas is a movie that I actually enjoyed. Don't be fooled by its typical Hallmark aesthetic;...


Huh? What’s this? A competently made and actually decent Hallmark movie!? Could it be…

Yes, Just In Time for Christmas is a movie that I actually enjoyed. Don't be fooled by its typical Hallmark aesthetic; this film brings something fresh and engaging to the table. From the captivating banter between Eloise Mumford and Michael Stahl-David to the delightful cameos by Christopher Lloyd and William Shatner, Just In Time for Christmas offers nostalgia and chemistry in equal measure. Director Sean McNamara, known for his work on Soul Surfer, takes this heartwarming story and infuses it with a budget that makes it shine.

Love, Laughter, and Life's Hard Questions

Lindsay Rogers, brilliantly portrayed by Eloise Mumford, is a psychology professor wrapping up her semester with a lecture on Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Her relatability and charm are evident as she balances her youthful spirit with her professional role. While Lindsay imparts wisdom to her students about the importance of self-reflection, she herself is hesitant to confront the hard questions that lie within. It's a tale of growth, self-discovery, and the unexpected twists that life throws our way.


Next, we find ourselves in the town's favorite coffee shop, the appropriately named Caffeinated Café. Here, Lindsay and her boyfriend, Jason Stewart (played with endearing dorkiness by Michael Stahl-David), share a tender moment. But their relationship takes an interesting turn when Jason's proposal at the renowned Gino's restaurant takes an unexpected twist. This heartfelt storyline is filled with touching moments and genuine emotions.

An Unforgettable Journey


As Lindsay embarks on a journey of self-exploration, the movie takes us on a rollercoaster ride of comedic moments, heartbreak, and genuine surprises. We witness Lindsay's car disappear, her memory vanish, and her life turned upside down. But through it all, she remains determined to unravel the mystery and find her way back to her true self.


Just In Time for Christmas expertly weaves together themes of love, friendship, and the importance of following your heart. With picturesque scenes of the town's dazzling Christmas lights and heartfelt performances, this movie immerses viewers in a world where the impossible becomes possible and love conquers all.

Embrace the Magic of the Season


And speaking of love, who could forget William Shatner's unforgettable appearance as Christmas Colonel Sanders? His enigmatic character offers Lindsay a carriage ride through the park, leading her to discover the true meaning of happiness. Though only a short encounter, Shatner's charm and charisma leave a lasting impression.

Just In Time for Christmas is a heartwarming tale that reminds us to cherish the present and embrace the unexpected. Its endearing characters, captivating storyline, and beautiful moments capture the essence of the holiday season. So grab a cup of coffee, snuggle up with a cozy blanket, and let this delightful Hallmark movie transport you to a world where love and Christmas magic prevail.

The Journey Continues

As the movie draws to a close, Lindsay and Jason's paths intersect once again. Their reunion is filled with heart-pounding emotions and a realization that some decisions in life are not as straightforward as they seem. But through it all, the power of true love and the desire to lead an inspired life prevails.

Just In Time for Christmas reminds us to ask ourselves the hard questions, follow our hearts, and never underestimate the power of love. It's a heartfelt story that will leave you with a smile on your face and warmth in your heart. So gather your loved ones, grab some popcorn, and let this charming movie transport you to a world where dreams come true and love conquers all.

3 Rating

Despite its predictable plot and its musical score that sounds like they stole the demo tracks from Home Alone's soundtrack, I did like the movie. Just In Time for Christmas has the correct amounts of sweet and charming, and coasts along on the likability of its actors (mostly Michael Stahl-David). It actually feels like thought and effort went into the movie, unlike so many other Hallmark movies.

Just In Time for Christmas is a genuine gem that captures the essence of love, destiny, and the magic of the holiday season. So sit back, relax, and indulge in this heartwarming tale that will leave you believing in the power of miracles and the possibility of finding true love, even in the most unexpected places.