I am always thrilled to find a new wonderful Christmas movie!
Most often, I default back to classics of the past during the holidays, but this year I was searching for something new. I tried several that ended with the movie being clicked off within the first 15 minutes. I wanted a good movie, not just a time-passer. When I discovered "Christmas Pen Pals" starring Sarah Drew & Niall Matter, I knew almost immediately that I had found the Christmas movie gem I was seeking.
This sweet, romantic movie was perhaps a bit predictable since we knew Hannah (Sarah Drew) was going to fall in love. However, there were plenty of fun surprises along the way that kept my attention and made me hopeful that this kindhearted woman would find someone who loved her as much, or more, than she loved them.
Yes, I know. I am an unapologetic hopeless romantic! I love a
great love story whether I am reading a book or watching a movie. Of
course, no love story is better than a real life love story, but we rarely
get to see that from the very beginning and see those first sparks.
Christmas Pen Pals Movie Synopsis
Hannah Morris has a well organized life and in isolated from people and pain by her electronics and gadgets. As the creator of a dating website, her financial stability is also dependent on the internet via those devices. When her company partner shares how their site is struggling because people are leaving it in droves due to the lack of the emotional element they desire, the two woman know they need a new "catch" to continue to succeed.
CHRISTMAS PEN PALS Unfortunately, Hannah also lacks a romantic relationship in her own life. That makes it rather hard for her to envision how to set up a new dating app that would have the needed emotional appeal. When searching through her phone list of men from her past, she accidentally calls her dad. Because she doesn't want to let her father down, she ends up agreeing to come home for Christmas.
However, home is where Hannah must come face to face with pain, the past, and the reality of Christmas at home without her mother. But, she is also greeted by family and friends who welcome her home with open arms.
The town is celebrating Christmas this year by having secret pen pals assigned to participants who decide in advance if they are seeking love or a new friendship. Because of her current work problem, she decides to check "love" on the application, hoping she will find that needed inspiration for her dating website.
Does she find that inspiration and the "catch" she needs to be professionally successful? I won't tell!
You must watch the movie for yourself to find out.
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