Am I going mad or are there two different films with this exact premise this year? Either that or the main actors in this film are so utterly generic that every time I see the trailer I forget that I’ve already seen it. It’s not as if I ever expected this to be one of the greatest Christmas films ever. After all, the trailer makes it pretty obvious what’s going to happen. In fact, the premise alone makes it pretty obvious what’s going to happen. Both halves of a young couple end up at their partner’s house for Christmas. Hilarity ensues. Even if I was pretty convinced that hilarity would be the last thing on the menu. The least I could hope for would be an easy watch that didn’t require much attention.
At least it wouldn’t take a lot of attention to keep up with the plot. Two young drama students are heading home for Christmas when they both decide to make the ultimate romantic gesture. Each one decides to blow off their family Christmas and follow their partner to their family home. One offers loud and homely Christmas and the other a cold, mournful country house Christmas. Anyone who can’t see where this is going has clearly never seen a film before. The couple at the centre of the film is James and Hayley who met at drama school. She hails from Macclesfield and he is hiding the fact that his father is the Earl of Gloucester. How can the pair possibly get over their differences and end up together?
It’s not that this film’s heart isn’t in the right place. It comes from a good place but it’s just so basic. As though somebody has taken all of the oldest and most tired cliches and put them all into one script. There are quaint working-class people with large families and awful posh people who don’t communicate. It’s stereotype city over here. I know we’ve stopped expecting originality from Christmas films but this barely stands out from the other festive flicks that were released this year.
I know that it’s stupid to complain about movie logic because it is, after all, a movie. However, this film is so full of plot holes. So many things just happen despite it making no sense. Despite what’s said in the script. It’s infuriating. Just because this is a romantic-comedy doesn’t mean that logic should cease to exist. Also, let’s stop this trend of making things seem romantic when they’re clearly just horrible decisions. The actions of this pair to skip their family Christmas and force themselves onto other people last minute isn’t romantic. It’s selfish. This film has to work really hard to make it seem as though these grand gestures are good.
I’m a firm believer that streaming services are a good thing in terms of getting content out to people. I know many cinephiles would disagree with me but I don’t think people should feel guilty about watching things at home. One of the few downsides is that services are churning out mediocre content too quickly these days. This Christmas is just a conveyor belt of forgettable films with boring plots. Your Christmas or Mine? might not have seemed quite so bad had there been fewer options around. As it is, it just doesn’t have enough about it to make it stand out.