Watch Christmas Under Wraps
- 1 hr 25 min
Christmas Under Wraps, released in 2014, is a heartwarming romantic comedy starring Candace Cameron Bure, David O'Donnell, and Robert Pine. The movie follows the story of Dr. Lauren Brunell (Candace Cameron Bure), a driven and ambitious woman who has just completed her medical studies and is eagerly waiting for her dream job to begin. Unfortunately for Lauren, the hospital she had expected to begin her career at has just informed her they already hired someone else for the position.
Lauren's disappointment turns into panic as she realizes that the student loan payments are coming up, and she has no job prospects in sight. Her mother, Linda (Pamela Roylance), suggests that she take a position in Garland, Alaska that was apparently advertised in a medical journal several months earlier. The job falls outside of Lauren's contingency plan, and she is hesitant at first. Still, after doing some research and realizing the job pays well, she decides to go for it.
When Lauren arrives in Garland, she is immediately struck by the town's charm and friendly atmosphere. Her enthusiasm gradually diminishes, however, as she discovers that somewhere along the line, the hospital's needs included a general practitioner, pediatrician, and obstetrician. Suddenly, Lauren realizes that she will be the only doctor in town responsible for everything from colds and flu to delivering babies.
Mayor Wayne (Robert Pine) and the only other doctor in town, Andy Holliday (David O'Donnell), show Lauren to her living quarters, which happens to be a cramped cabin with almost no modern amenities. Lauren starts to feel out of place in this small town, surrounded by snow and distant from the bright lights of the city she was used to. The townspeople are friendly enough, but Lauren remains guarded and reserved, keeping to herself for the most part.
As the days pass, Lauren begins to discover the beauty of living in this small town. She meets quirky and endearing characters such as Grace (Brian Doyle-Murray) and Quinn (Joyce Cohen), who run Garland's local diner; and of course, she encounters the charming Dr. Andy, who admittedly rubs her the wrong way at the beginning.
The initial friction between Lauren and Andy eventually turns into a mutual admiration for their skills as doctors. When one of the town's residents falls ill, and an emergency situation arises, they both team up to save the patient's life, and that's when Lauren sees Andy in a new light. As Christmas draws near, Andy and Lauren grow closer, but with Lauren's dream job still waiting for her back in the city, she must choose what she truly wants in life.
The movie's setting in Garland, Alaska, adds an element of magic and wonder to this holiday movie. With its snow-covered trees, quaint architecture, and friendly locals, the viewer can't help but feel the warm and cozy atmosphere that the town exudes. The town's residents' support for one another and warm-heartedness are central themes throughout the movie.
The movie's lead actress, Candace Cameron Bure, delivers an outstanding performance as the driven, ambitious medical professional who discovers the meaning of love and community in this small town. Her on-screen chemistry with David O'Donnell is electric, providing a perfect balance of humor and romance.
Overall, Christmas Under Wraps is a perfect holiday movie for anyone who loves romantic comedies or is simply looking for a heart-warming movie to get them in the Christmas spirit. With an adorable love story, exciting twists and turns, and a charming setting, this movie is sure to put a smile on anyone's face.
Christmas Under Wraps is a 2014 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 25 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2.