Movie Review: A Cozy Christmas Inn (2022)

Synopsis: Hoping for a promotion, real estate executive Erika McNicoll travels to a small town in Alaska to purchase an inn on behalf of her boss. The inn is owned by her ex-boyfriend, Andy, who is struggling financially but is reluctant to sell and, as Erika gets a chance to learn more about the inn and the community, she has second thoughts about her mission.

Who's in it? The movie stars Jodie Sweetin, David O'Donnell, Vivica A. Fox, Peter Jacobson and Brian Doyle-Murray.

Review: Since we didn't have much else going on, I thought lunch would be a good opportunity for my wife and I to get caught up on some of our Christmas movie watching. I picked this one at random and, overall, it was an OK but not very memorable film.

There were some things about the movie that I did like, such as some of the charming townspeople and a solid performance by Fox as Erika's (Sweetin) Scrooge-like boss. The setting, like most Hallmark movies, was also very beautiful, though it was a little hard to believe they were in Alaska when the characters were only wearing what I would like to describe as fall-like clothing rather than something that would seem more suitable for a cold Alaskan winter.

The biggest problem with this movie is the overall plot is a bit too formulaic and predictable. This includes both the decision (between love and her career) Erika ends up making and the big family secret Andy (O'Donnell) is keeping. Hmm...his dad (Doyle-Murray) looks just like Santa Claus and has a secretive "shipping" company. I wonder what the big secret is. Of course, I will admit, seeing Clark Griswold's Scrooge-like boss playing the exact opposite character in this Christmas movie was kind of funny.

I also wasn't a big fan of the chemistry between the two main characters. Again, the movie was predictable, and them becoming a couple was expected. However, it was also easy to see why he left her behind in Seattle in the first place and I'm just not convinced one or both of them won't regret it later if/when the inn doesn't bring in enough guests to keep it in business and she's no longer bringing in a steady paycheck.

Final Opinion: It's an OK movie that we didn't hate watching but there's nothing overly special about it either.

My Grade: C-


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