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Cup of Cheer

Canada 2020
produced by
Daniel Everitt-Lock, Jake Horowitz, Andy Lewis, Adi Federgreen (executive), Thomas Brooks (executive), Daniel Horowitz (executive), Larry Horowitz (executive), Antonina Jordan (executive), Rob Madronich (executive), Chris Moncayo (executive) for Sideways Dog Productions, True Perspective
directed by Jake Horowitz
starring Storm Steenson, Alexander Oliver, Liam Marshall, Jacob Hogan, Helly Chester, Braden Barrie, Shawn Vincent, Steve Kasan, Adam Jenner, Michael Lake, Jessica Moniere, Joanna Francis, Zain Campbell, Andy Lewis, Mike Frustaci, Gabi Taylor, Marcia Armstrong, Michelle Veldboom
written by Jake Horowitz, Andy Lewis, music by Braden Barrie

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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It's only days before Christmas when big city girl Mary (Storm Steenson) is sent to a stereotypical small town to write a sappy article about Christmas in the country and such. Once there she almost immediately runs into Chris (Alexander Oliver), who accidently pours cocoa all over her. Of course they get into an argument right away, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see they'll fall in love in no time. And when Chris's brother Keith (Liam Marshall) finds out she hasn't got a place to stay because she has lost her reservation at the local hotel, he's quick to invite her to stay at his and his brother's. Oh, and somehow, they have granted abode to a British knight from the Middle Ages as well. Anyways, Chris and Keith run a cocoa shop they've inherited from their grandma, and they've just learned that they have to pay their rent by Christmas Eve - but of course are short in money. And the guy who wants to take over thier cocoa shop is an evil corporate raider runs a cocoa shop franchise, and just happens to be Mary's ex Mai Ex (Shawn Vincent). Now of course Chris and Keith could probably save their shop by selling cookies at this annual Christmas event that's every Christmas tradition rolled into one, but Chris refuses to use his business to make money, and now not only Keith and Mary try to persuade him otherwise, he's also visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, while Mary has an idea that could save everything, but somehow she has lost Chris. So can Christmas be saved? No spoilers, but have you ever heard of an unsaved Christmas?


Ok, above synopsis might sound mighty sarcastic and make this sound like a terribly formulaic movie - but the truth is, if you've ever been annoyed by at least one Christmas movie, you'll probably love this one, a film that intentionally buries everything under a truckload of clichés, with many of them, again intentionally, not really thought through and all of them played for laughs exclusively, and while the plot is 100% formulaic still, the filmmakers leave no doubt what they think of same formula and subvert it wherever possible. Now that said, it's true that not all of the film's jokes are terribly funny, and especially when they go off-topic (like quite a few fart jokes), they come across as flat, but there's still plenty to love about this movie - to love for all the wrong reasons maybe, but that's exactly the point in this film.


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