Hallmark Knocks It Out of the Park With "Five More Minutes"

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Five More Minutes Plot Summary A woman's Christmas wish is answered in unexpected ways when her late grandfather's journal turns up and reveals an untold romance.  Starring :  Nikki DeLoach and David Haydn-Jones Image:  Crown Media Five More Minutes Achieves the Hallmark Gold Standard Hallmark was once synonymous with good storytelling and clean movies you could immerse yourself in to escape the cares and stresses of this world. When Wonya Lucas took over as Crown Media CEO, fans noticed an immediate an unwelcome shift.  As if we aren't confronted with politics at every turn already, Hallmark began weaving political talking points into their movies, such as feminine empowerment, racial diversity, homosexuality, and social "justice" issues.  Hallmark is no longer a safe space where you can let down your guard.  If you possess conservative values, you must now filter the movies and ignore the agenda behind the scripts or change the channel when the usual wokeness

"On the 12th Date of Christmas" Thoughts & QUIZ!!

Summary:  Two game designers, who hardly seem compatible with each other, work together to organize a large scavenger hunt with a romantic "12 Days of Christmas" theme.

Starring:  Mallory Jansen & Tyler Hynes

Released:  2020

Image:  Crown Media

Have You Ever Done a Scavenger Hunt?

The concept of this movie is delightful and fun, but can you imagine having the time to go on 12 dates in such a short period of time that require you to traverse an immense city like Chicago?  I guess we're not supposed to think about that tiny detail.

Even though the scavenger hunt is open to anyone, clearly, only non-married couples would be able to find time for this activity.  The rest of us are trying to work, shuttle the kids, facilitate remote learning, cook meals, and stay afloat.  Singles, have at it!

The impossible time element aside, Jennifer and Aidan put very creative twists on the classic, though painfully annoying, Christmas song to make sure each date is unique.  Uploading their own photos for the presentation to Wanda from the Devonshire Hotel is a nice added touch because we see them gradually warming up to each other despite their icy start.


Heavy on the Feminism

Wanda gravitates to Jennifer over Aidan when it comes to point of contact on the project.  In fact, Wanda draws Jennifer aside and tells her to speak up for herself and not be intimidated.  

Sorry, I don't buy the male dominance narrative here.  Jennifer is from small town, rural Iowa, where people aren't pushy and out to devour their competition.  She's ultra creative and organized, but she's a country girl at heart trying to adapt to big city ways.  If she's shy about promoting herself to be noticed, it's because of her personality and background--not because the patriarchy is pushing her down.  It gags me when this type of virtue signaling infiltrates Hallmark script writing.

By the end, Jennifer not only learns to sell herself to her boss to get promoted to head game creator, she assumes the lead with Aidan and grabs him for a ravaging kiss that is more than a little forward on her part.  It doesn't matter what century we're living in, a lady should always act like a lady.    


All-in-All an Enjoyable Movie

Since Jennifer and Aidan had to test drive all the dates they planned, it's an inventive, outside-the-box way to have the main characters start dating without officially dating.  Viewers appreciate new twists.

Regardless, Tyler Hynes is always a huge draw for adoring fans, so we are grateful to have him featured in a new, seasonal flick.  


On the 12th Date of Christmas Movie Quiz

Don't worry, the quiz doesn't demand for you to remember where all 12 dates were held--that would be a little too challenging.  Give it a try! 

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