Director: Gabriela Tagliavini
Writers: Paco Farias and Jennifer C. Stetson
Starring: Freddie Prince Jr. and Aimee Garcia
Aimee Garcia stars as popstar Angelina Costa in Christmas with You. Her career is teetering on failure as she’s no longer relevant, rehashing old favourites instead of writing new songs. When the pressure of writing a new Christmas song before her yearly gala gets too much, Angelina decides to pay one of her mega-fans, Cristina (Deja Monique Cruz) a visit after seeing a video that she posted online saying it is her Christmas wish to get a selfie with Angelina. While on her visit, she meets Cristina’s father, Miguel (Freddie Prince Jr.), and starts co-writing a song with him, falling in love in the process.
There’s some conflict within the film as Angelina does not like to take risks. Even in her current relationship, which has broken down, she won’t announce the break up publicly. The sparks fly quite quickly between Angelina and Miguel and the plot plays out exactly as you’d expect it to, with everything being resolved nicely in under ninety minutes. It has that Christmas charm, that gives you that warm feeling wanting hot chocolates and blankets. There’s a fair few funny moments, but it’s not going to have you in stitches. Freddie Prince Jr. and Aimee Garcia are both good, and there’s a lot of chemistry between them. For the most part it’s entertaining, if a little forgettable once it’s all over.
Christmas with You is a really decent Christmas rom-com. It does exactly what you expect it to while like its main character not taking any risks, instead sticking to the low-stakes formula that Netflix has perfected in the last few years with their Christmas films.
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