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

Hallmark's "Next Stop, Christmas" One Of The Season's Best!

Next Stop, Christmas Plot Summary 

Angie is determined to spend Christmas alone, but her usual commuter ride turns into a Christmas train that drops her off in her home town in 2011.

Starring:  Lyndsy Fonseca, Chandler Massey, Lea Thompson, Christopher Lloyd, and Eric Freeman

Next Stop, Christmas
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Magical Storytelling!

Time travel stories can be tricky, so it's a good thing Hallmark enlisted the help of two people who know a lot about it:  Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson, veteran actors from the iconic Back to the Future trilogy.

If you recall, the third installment of Back to the Future was released in 1990, and Doc Brown (Lloyd) traveled through time on a steam engine locomotive.  How fitting and nostalgic of Hallmark to cast Lloyd as the conductor on another train that hurtles Angie Reynolds (Lyndsy Fonseca) back 10 years.  


Angie is tasked with making things right in the past so future problems can be avoided.  The challenge is she isn't sure exactly what needs fixed.  She assumes since she turned down Tyler Grant's proposal a decade ago, that maybe saying yes can change her trajectory.  It's an ironic twist that Lloyd, the conductor, encourages a change in fate, since his Doc Brown character would never approve; after all, he's the one who warned, Don't talk to anyone, don't touch anything, don't do anything, don't interact with anyone, and try not to look at anything.  Great Scott! 


Angie is stuck in the past until the return portion of her train ticket reappears, so she's shocked when she agrees to marry Tyler and her ticket remains blank.  What is she missing?

Christopher Lloyd & Lyndsy Fonseca in "Next Stop, Christmas"
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Maturity Brings Wisdom   

While back in 2011, Angie notices so many nuances that had escaped her the first time.  She sees her parents' relationship fracturing, and she realizes how unsupportive she has been of her sister.

Isn't it funny how age and experience changes our perspectives?  If we all had the opportunity to go back in time, it's likely we would do at least some things differently.

Young people are consumed with their own lives, not necessarily in a narcissistic way, but they have a lot to plan and figure out as independent young adults.  This self-involvement clouds the development of empathy until life experience molds and shapes them into people who learn to look beyond themselves and connect with others outside their personal bubble.


How Did Your Spouse Propose?

When Angie first rejected Tyler's proposal, it had come as a ring in her champagne glass.  The second time around, she is surprised when he takes her to the same fancy restaurant, yet no ring appears in her glass.  Instead, he later throws a snowball at her that contains the ring.

When Ben pops the questions in 2021, the ring is ensconced in the Frosty box on a dinner platter.  

If you are married, what creative way did you spouse propose to you?  Share your story in the comment section!   

Lynsy Fonseca in Hallmark's "Next Stop, Christmas"
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Fun Movie On Every Level

Time transitions flow smoothly in this movie, and the all-star, seasoned cast members provide viewers with stellar performances, unlike some of the newer and unimpressive actors Hallmark has used this 2021 season.  

Hallmark's "Next Stop, Christmas"
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It's nostalgic, magical without being weird or non-sensical, and a reminder of how important it is to take a vested interest in the lives of those closest to us.  Angie isn't in the past just to marry the right guy, she makes the future better for her entire family.  


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Chandler Massey & Lyndsy Fonseca
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