Watch Christmas in Connecticut
- 1 hr 33 min
Christmas in Connecticut is a 1992 holiday comedy-drama film that serves as a remake of the classic screwball comedy of the same name that came out in 1945. Directed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the movie revolves around the story of Elizabeth Blane (Dyan Cannon), a renowned food writer who has made a career out of documenting her cooking skills and perfect family life in Connecticut. Her double life, however, begins to unravel when she wins a contest for a reader's tour of her farm in the small town of Silver Pines, Connecticut.
Elizabeth's web of lies is an easy target when the contest winner, a soldier named Jefferson Jones (Kris Kristofferson), a man who has been starving for home-cooked meals in the war zone-like Bosnia, is promised a home-cooked feast at Elizabeth's Connecticut farm. Unbeknownst to Jones, Elizabeth lives in a city apartment and has absolutely no cooking skills, let alone a farmhouse.
What follows is a series of comedic and often awkward situations, as she attempts to keep up the facade of a perfect life and hides her big lie to Jefferson. Tony Curtis plays Luther, Elizabeth's loyal editor, who is also in on the lie and comes to her rescue in times of need.
As the big day approaches, Elizabeth scrambles to pull off the perfect Christmas dinner she has been writing about for years, inviting guests to attend, hiring a caterer and borrowing a house in Connecticut from a friend. With the help of her loyal friends, she fakes her way through in this lively and joyful holiday tale.
Throughout the film, we see the contrasting lifestyles of Elizabeth's city apartment and the "perfect" Connecticut home she has written about. There are also several scenes depicting Jones' struggles in the war zone, including his team's attempts to locate a missing soldier.
The film pays homage to the original 1945 version of Christmas in Connecticut, while still managing to stand on its own. It is filled with lovable characters who embark on a journey that is both amusing and heartwarming. The movie has several endearing moments that will tug at your heartstrings and make you laugh, cry or both. Kristofferson and Cannon both deliver strong performances, with Kristofferson playing the role of a lonely soldier, and Cannon showing off her comedic talents.
The cinematography in Christmas in Connecticut is striking, with its beautiful images of the Connecticut countryside and depictions of a snowy winter. The sets and costumes used in the film are vintage and perfectly capture the essence of the period in which the movie is set.
The soundtrack is also impressive, featuring holiday classics such as "Jingle Bells," "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," as well as original songs written by the film's composer, David Michael Frank, that perfectly complement the onscreen action.
Overall, Christmas in Connecticut is a heartwarming and entertaining feel-good movie that is perfect for the holidays. It is a movie that can be enjoyed by the whole family, with its clean humor and positive message. Fans of the original movie or those looking for a classic holiday tale will enjoy this remake. With its charming characters, gorgeous sceneries, and heartwarming story, it is a must-see for anyone who wants to get in the holiday spirit.
Christmas in Connecticut is a 1992 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 33 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 4.8.