The folks out at Lifetime, as part of a grand package of Christmas fare, shipped out a copy of Holiday Switch for us to review, and this is going to be an absolutely priceless review. So sit down, strap in, and brace yourselves because the hilarity begins now.
Holiday Switch sends us over to Gary and Paula Ferguson’s house, where they’re struggling with the bills a lot like any other family. In fact, things are looking pretty bad for them, truth be told. And so it’s hardly a surprise that, when Paula runs into her old high school boyfriend, now a successful art gallery owner, she indulges in a little mental adultery…er…I mean, of course, a little harmless holiday wishing in which she wonders what life might have been like had she not married Gary and rather stuck with former beau Nick. And what she finds is that while life with Nick would’ve been a lot longer on creature comforts, it also would’ve been a lot shorter on lying to creditors. And a lot shorter on love, too.
This is where the hilarity comes in. See, that plot sure sounded familiar to me. And it might well sound familiar to you, too, especially if you were around last year when we reviewed Christmas Clause. It’s downright disturbing that their new offering actually looks like a direct to video project from MTI fully a year ago, and it’s almost the same thing, except they’ve thrown in some extra about relationships in that standard Lifetime fashion. And while it’s good, this time, that they’ve thrown over the misandry and made the woman a complete jerk for once, you still won’t find any really great examples of guy here–your choices are one of three: 1. ineffectual dirt-poor nice guy, 2. vaguely emo rich guy who spends most of his dialogue whining about love and 3. (mostly) nameless cipher who shows up for two lines (or so) and then vanishes like a puff of smoke.
They’re going for heartwarming and they’ve gone clear back around to schmaltzy, which isn’t at all surprising since that’s pretty much par for the course for a Lifetime movie, especially a Lifetime Christmas movie. If you’re watching Lifetime, then you probably already saw this movie and you probably already enjoyed it. But if you weren’t going to watch Lifetime to begin with, this is not a real great place to start.
The Screenhead Ten Scale hands this sappy, schmaltzy knockoff of an MTI film a four out of ten. They tried, they truly did, but it’s a dark sign when you’re so strapped for ideas that you’re taking your cues from a low-budget direct to video project.