Watch Five Star Christmas
- 1 hr 24 min
Five Star Christmas is a heartwarming romantic comedy that premiered on the Hallmark Channel in November of 2020. Directed by Christie Will Wolf and written by Rick Garman, this movie stars Bethany Joy Lenz as Lucy Ralston, a New York City event planner who returns to her family's Colorado ranch for Christmas. Victor Webster plays her former high school sweetheart and current cattle rancher, who happens to live next door to her mother's bed and breakfast. The movie centers around Lucy's attempts to pull off the perfect Christmas wedding for a wealthy client at the same time that she tries to navigate some old feelings for her ex-boyfriend, Zach (Webster), who she hasn't seen in years. The Ralston family is happy to have Lucy home for the holidays, but tensions run high as they all work together to get the ranch ready for the wedding. Lucy's parents (played by Robert Wisden and Louise Pitre) are stressed about money and think that hosting this wedding will solve all their problems. Meanwhile, Lucy's younger sister is planning her own rebellion against the family's traditional Christmas celebrations. Throughout the movie, Lucy has to constantly balance the needs of her client with the wishes of her family and overcome a series of miscommunications and misunderstandings between the Ralstons and the groom's family. She also has to confront some unresolved feelings for Zach and decide whether she wants to pursue a new relationship or rekindle an old flame. The movie is full of picturesque snowscapes, cozy cabins, and plenty of holiday cheer. The Ralston family is charming and relatable, even with all their quirks and flaws. Lenz and Webster have fantastic chemistry and their scenes together are both nostalgic and romantic. The supporting cast is also great, particularly Wisden and Pitre as Lucy's worried and loving parents. As with any Hallmark movie, Five Star Christmas has a predictable and somewhat formulaic plot, but it's the characters and their interactions that make it enjoyable. The movie doesn't shy away from some of the darker aspects of the holiday season, such as financial stress and family tensions, but ultimately it's a feel-good story about love and family. The wedding planning subplot adds some extra drama and allows for some fun montages and party scenes. The movie also has some comedic moments, particularly with Lucy's attempts to win over the groom's difficult mother and her sister's rebellious antics. However, the humor is never mean-spirited and the movie always maintains its wholesome, family-friendly tone. Overall, Five Star Christmas is a charming and sweet holiday movie that will appeal to fans of Hallmark's brand of romantic comedies. It's not groundbreaking or particularly innovative, but it's a well-made and enjoyable addition to the genre. The snowy landscapes and cozy cabins are sure to get viewers in the holiday spirit, and the love story between Lucy and Zach is the perfect mix of nostalgia and romance.