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The Christmas Contract (2018)

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A recently-single woman dreads the thought of going back to her home town in Louisiana for Christmas when she finds out her ex-boyfriend will be there with his new girlfriend.

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Monika Mitchell

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Cassie Doyle
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hilarie Burton ... Jolie Guidry
Robert Buckley ... Jack Friedman
Danneel Ackles ... Naomi Friedman
Antwon Tanner ... Martin
Jordan Ladd ... Breonna Guidry Doucette
Tyler Hilton ... Tyler Hilton
Jason London ... Luc Doucette
Hunter Burke ... Foster Broussard
Teri Wyble ... Amy
Ritchie Montgomery ... Rocky Broussard
Susan Gallagher ... Meredith Broussard (as Susan Merideth)
Presley Richardson ... Maxie Doucette
Cheryl Ladd ... Renee Guidry
Bruce Boxleitner ... Tim Guidry
Jeremy Fruge Jeremy Fruge ... Keith
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Jolie Guidry, who works for a web design company, moved back to New York City six months ago following her high school sweetheart, Foster Broussard, breaking up with her. It's the Christmas season, and Jolie is dreading heading home to Lafayette, Louisiana for the holidays as she knows she will run into Foster who will be with his new girlfriend Amy. The Guidry/Broussard ties are more than just between Jolie and Foster as her father, Tim Guidry, and his father, Rocky Broussard, organized the first and what has become the annual Lafayette Christmas Market thirty years ago, the two who will be honored in a civic ceremony. In Jolie not wanting to face the drama of encountering Foster as a still single woman, her best friend, Naomi, a lawyer, suggests she bring a "fake" boyfriend back to Lafayette with her for the holidays to balance the playing field. Of all the men they know, Naomi comes up with her older brother, writer Jack Friedman - most of his work ghost writing novels - as the ... Written by Huggo

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USA

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Release Date:

22 November 2018 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Second Christmas movie to star Hilarie Burton and Tyler Hilton, they also stared in Christmas on the Bayou (2013). See more »

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None of the main actors have Louisiana accents despite having lived there most or all of their lives. See more »

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References How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) See more »

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When I See You I See Home
Written by Tyler Hilton
Performed by Tyler Hilton
Courtesy of Hooptie Tune Records LLC
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A sweet story with heart beneath the surface plot
12 December 2019 | by JaynaBSee all my reviews

This is a familiar setup for a holiday story: newly single woman takes home a ringer because her ex will be there with someone new. Warm-hearted family embraces the new man and swaps holiday traditions.

That's where the plot diverges from the usual: there's no heart-rending over deceiving loved ones, and the developing love interest is warm, believable, and well-paced. There's enough going on with the other characters and outside events that Our Heroine seems like a fully rounded woman, not simply a cut-out with a cute hairstyle and a vestigial career.

Our Heroine is positively luminous. She sizzles in this role, like a young Cybil Shepherd or Kathleen Turner, without once doing or saying an overtly sexy thing.

Of course there's the obligatory misunderstanding at the 3/4 mark, that you can see coming from way back. But the way it's resolved doesn't involve either of them doing anything cringe-worthy, and does evolve beautifully out of preceding events.

And I'd REALLY like to experience a Louisiana Christmas.


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