Christmas with a View (2018)

Christmas with a View
Director: Justin G. Dyck
Writer: David Finley, Rebecca Lamarche
Based on: Teresa Southwick‘s novel The Maverick’s Christmas Homecoming
Cast: Kaitlyn Leeb, Scott Cavalheiro, Mark Ghanimé, Kristen Kurnik, Joseph Cannata, Jess Walton, Patrick Duffy, Vivica A. Fox
Seen on: 26.12.2019

Plot:
Clara (Kaitlyn Leeb) works as a restaurant manager in the town she grew up in and has plans for more. The restaurant she manages recently landed a big coup: celebrity chef Shane (Scott Cavalheiro) – who just one a big cooking show on TV – has agreed to come and work with them. Shane has a good reason to come to that particular town anyway. Even as they clash together at work, Shane and Clara quickly find that they have many things in common.

Christmas with a View is gave me exactly what I was looking for with a whole lot more food porn than I expected or found necessary. There are some uneven bits and a racist part, but it delivers the expected emotional satisfaction, at least to a white person like me.

The film poster showing some of the main characters of the film.
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You Again (2010)

You Again
Director: Andy Fickman
Writer: Moe Jelline
Cast: Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Annable, Victor Garber, Betty White, James Wolk, Kristin Chenoweth, Sean Wing, Kyle Bornheimer, William Brent, Christine Lakin, Meagan Holder, Patrick Duffy
Seen on: 10.6.2019

Plot:
Marni (Kristen Bell) was not particularly popular in high school, and that’s putting it mildly. Her main tormentor was Joanna (Odette Annable). Marni thought that she left all of this behind her – until she finds out that her brother (James Wolk) just got engaged to Joanna. The Joanna now seems all kindness and charity, but Marni doesn’t believe this new Joanna one bit and is dead-set on exposing who she really is. Things get even more heated when Joanna’s aunt Ramona (Sigourney Weaver) shows up – and turns out to be the former best friend turned enemy of Marni’s mother Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis).

You Again was okay to watch, but – despite the really awesome cast – nothing more than that.

The film poster showing Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis), Marni (Kristen Bell), Ramona (Sigourney Weaver) and Joanna (Odette Annable), each holding a phote of one of the other women that is ripped apart. In the middle is Grandma Bunny (Betty White) trying to hold it all together.
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