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More Christmas Movies: Father Christmas is Back

I’ve mentioned before that it’s always a risk to try out a new Christmas movie. There are so many old classics to love, after all! But there are several newer ones that have become classics for me over the last few years, so I can’t help but try out at least a few new ones.

And it seems pretty safe when I see a new Christmas movie that is a Netflix original (often a good sign) and has a cast that includes Kelsey Grammer, John Cleese, and Elizabeth Hurley. Right?


This movie is nothing short of awkward. The basic storyline is that a father who left on Christmas Day over twenty years ago has finally returned. His four somewhat dysfunctional grown daughters now have to deal with it. Sure, this could be a great comedy, and it should be considering the cast. But it’s really not funny at all, and so much time is spent setting up how awful these people are that it becomes boring. It’s the family Christmas gathering that makes you wish you pretended to be sick and stayed home in your pajamas.

I recognize the looks on their faces. It’s the same look I had while trying to watch this movie.

I’m no great movie critic, and it’s difficult for me to pinpoint exactly what went wrong here. I just know that it did, at least for me.

Have you watched Father Christmas is Back? What did you think? I’d love to know!


Ashley O’Melia is an independent author and freelancer from Southern Illinois.  She holds her Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing and English from Southern New Hampshire University.  Her books include The Wanderer’s Guide to Dragon Keepingand The Graveside DetectiveHer short stories have been published in The Penmen Review, Siren’s Call, and Subcutaneous.  Ashley’s freelance work has spanned numerous genres for clients around the world.  You can find her on Facebook and Amazon.

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