Made-For-TV Christmas, Dear Santa, I Need a Date (TV One, 2020) Bye ugly!…
Dear Santa, I Need a Date (TV One, 2020)
Starring: Ray J, Reagan Gomez-Preston, Anne-Marie Johnson,
Jay DeVon Johnson
Plot Synopsis: Two successful and ambitious siblings make a bet to see who can find a date by Christmas. (x)
In My Humble Opinion: There is a lot of dating in Dear Santa, I Need a Date. There a dates in restaurants and dates at clubs and dates that are brought home for the holidays. Dates found on phone apps and dates found in Ubers and dates you seduce by bending over seductively in a coffeeshop. Dates and dates and dates. Sadly, these are all dates with the wrong people.
Dear Santa, I Need a Date is basically watching a “wacky bad dates” montage stretched out for seventy minutes. Then there’s ten minutes where the “right” matches are basically to both leads and then the movie is done. It’s unsatisfying because it should have been vice versa.
There’s no scenes of pining. There’s barely any banter between the endgame couples. There’s barely any screentime. There were times where I wondered if anyone was supposed to fall in love at all, because all there seemed to be was bad dates. Why am I watching a made-for-TV Christmas romcom that’s practically tropeless? What is the point?
A bad date montage is fun. It has its purpose. It should be over after three minutes tops. But it should be an appetizer before a full course meal of romantic comedy tropes. You can’t survive off it and I resent having to do so!
Watch If: Your energy has stagnated, if you are in love with the coffee industry or if you can do the roaches but you can’t do the rats.
Skip If: You’re a millennial with a Rolodex, if you’re a New York Giants fan or if you are a serial killer from South Africa.
Final Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
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