An evening weather reporter joins a morning show team on location to put on a special on-site report from a charming town known for its snow and Christmas charm. Does Lifetime's Cloudy With a Chance of Christmas have the charm to make it one to watch this holiday? Here's a look at the story, the cast, and my review.
Cloudy With a Chance of Christmas Story
When the network sends Bridget (Valery Ortiz) to a small town to deliver the “Snow-Cast” on Christmas Eve, she's surprised when she gets there and learns that the morning show team are there too. It's bad enough that Bridget is surprised about not doing the broadcast by herself, but it's even worse since the morning show team includes Drake (Brandon Quinn) and Tatum (Sara Jane Morris). Bridget feels that Drake chose Tatum instead of her when there was an opening on the show a year earlier.
The Washington town they're visiting happens to be Drake's hometown and the team is staying at his family's home. His mother Millie is played by the gorgeous and delightful Audrey Landers. Staying together under one roof, they are able to brainstorm with their producer Lisa (Nicole Bilderback) about what the show should do each day.
Drake and Bridget both have a very relaxed and easy going chemistry together both on screen and off. Whereas Tatum is more of a scripted person and has a harder time getting into the challenge of being on the road. It doesn't help that Tatum is hoping that she and Drake could spend some time together, but it's clear that Drake has eyes for Bridget.
Cloudy With a Chance of Christmas Cast
The most noticeable person in the movie to me is Audrey Landers. The second I heard her voice I knew exactly who it was, and I had a nostalgic flashback to when I watched Dallas as a youth. Her soothing voice hasn't changed a bit and she is as gorgeous as ever. What a pleasure to watch her in this movie.
I enjoyed Valery and Brandon in their roles, but the role of Tatum drove me crazy. I can't blame that on the actress, the character is just an annoying diva who thinks she's all that.
Cloudy With a Chance of Christmas Review
Cloudy With a Chance of Christmas is a middle of the pack type of movie. Definitely not one of the best Christmas movies this year, but also not one of the worst either. It's just your typical movie that is OK to watch if you have nothing better to do, but it's not one that I would go out of my way to watch.
The Verdict: Forgettable. If it wasn't for the catchy title I probably wouldn't remember this movie in a month. It does have the Christmas charm that the town brags about, but I found the rest of movie void of much emotion.
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