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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

"Boyfriends of Christmas Past" Is a Fun Story Ruined by Bad Casting

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Boyfriends of Christmas Past Plot Summary Leading up to Christmas, Lauren is visited by the ghosts of four ex-boyfriends.  She must learn to open her heart or risk losing her best friend, Nate. Starring :  Catherine Haena Kim and Raymond Ablack  Released:  2021 Image:  Crown Media Unique Twist on a Classic A Christmas Carol has been retooled countless times through the years to give a classic story a modern twist.  Sometimes, this has resulted in cringe-worthy reproductions, and other times, the viewer has been pleasantly surprised. Boyfriends of Christmas Past   is based on a novel by Edie Grace, and the story is fun.  Imagine your past loves coming back to help you with hindsight so you don't ruin another relationship. (affiliate link) Unfortunately, Hallmark ruins a delightful and creative story by basing their casting choices on affirmative action instead of talent and audience appeal.  We are left with a Skittle-studded cast that makes no sense and distracts from the st

Hallmark's "Christmas in My Heart" Is More Focused On Race Than Good Storytelling

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Christmas in My Heart Summary Violinist Beth returns home after the recent death of her mother and tutors the daughter of a reclusive country music star to prepare her for the upcoming holiday concert. This movie stars Heather Hemmens , Luke MacFarlane , and Maria Nash . Image:  Crown Media The Focus On Diversity Overshadows The Story Hallmark continues to make diversity a priority over good storytelling, which means their virtue signaling has transformed once wholesome movies into RACIST programming. Christmas in My Heart is the most racist movie Hallmark has produced to date. It's apparently taboo for two people of the same race to fall in love in a Hallmark story these days.  Beth (Hemmens) is biracial because her dad is white and her mom, now deceased, was black.  Sean (MacFarlane) is white, but his wife, also conveniently deceased, was black, and he has a black daughter. When it comes to our own relationships, this hodge-podge of diversity isn't relatable.  Real life d

Take This QUIZ On Hallmark's "You, Me & The Christmas Trees!"

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Starring:  Danica McKellar and Benjamin Ayres Released:  2021 (Countdown to Christmas) Summary:  An arborist falls in love with a farmer as she tries to save his trees before the town tree lighting. Image: Crown Media A Very "Pun-y" Movie! One thing Hallmark script writers do well is include playful puns in many of the movies when the scene fits.  Puns are clever and unique, and they add whimsical fun to lighten the mood. Contrast pun usage to a horribly overdone trope:  sipping hot cocoa and getting the face lathered in whipped topping.  Dr. Evil first made that funny in an Austin Powers movie several years ago; he termed it the Belgian Dip.  Hallmark copied the idea and has used it it so many times it has become obnoxious.  It's like when a small child says something funny enough to earn a belly laugh from a parent; the child will repeat the line over and over and over to garner a repeat response, until the parent explains it was only funny the first time.    Benjamin

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