When struggling pastry chef Kylie Watson (Chabert) learns she’s made it to the finals of the American Gingerbread Competition, she thinks her competitive spirit has finally paid off and hopes the publicity will help her jumpstart her new café. There’s just one problem — the oven she’s supposed to use breaks down right before the contest. Determined to enter, she reaches out to Nick Mazannti (Coco), her old boyfriend from culinary school who gave up his dream of being a pastry chef to take over his family’s pizzeria. Nick allows her to use his industrial pizza oven at night to craft her ambitious gingerbread confections. As the two reminisce about the dreams of their youth, their romance is rekindled. But just as Kylie is on the cusp of taking the grand prize — and embracing true love — things get complicated when her ex-boyfriend takes drastic steps to win her back. Kylie realizes she must embrace the Christmas Spirit or risk losing both the contest and her new love.
It’s hard to believe that I’ve made it this far through my Hallmark marathon without hitting a film which stars Lacey Chabert but that day has finally arrived!
The Sweetest Christmas has all the ingredients one would expect: snow, sugar, a childhood sweetheart, children, a BIG MISUNDERSTANDING and of course the uptight corporate boyfriend.
Tom plays the role of jerk boyfriend wonderfully at the start of the film but just as you start to accept the reasons that Kylie is able to move on from him so quickly he makes a very sweet Grand Gesture. I have to admit that it was very well thought out: he got Kylie’s role model to bake a gingerbread jewellery shop and put an engagement ring in it. I felt a bit sorry for him when Kylie rejects him ….. and then promptly goes on to steal his idea of using her gingerbread competition entry to tell Nick how she feels about him!
Aside from Kylie moving on super quickly, another issue I had with this film was the fact that the lead’s sister usually plays the role of endearing best friend and champion but Kylie’s sister was rather judgemental and annoying. Thankfully, she melted into the background most of the time.
Most eye roll inducing moment: when Kylie won the gingerbread competition – clearly some of the other entries – and even her initial idea of Santa’s village – was better than the carousel.