25 Days of Benjima, Day 12: Gingerbread’s Birthday

ringer‘s 25 days from Bingemas is a guide for people who love original holiday movies; It’s a guide for people who hate original holiday movies; It’s a guide for people who watch these movies occasionally and want more; It’s a guide for people who never hope to see those movies but want to watch one writer descend into madness as she tries to discern 25 unique forms of holiday magic, 12 different fake countries, and eight different personalities that make you wonder, “Wait, that guy from mean girls? (It isn’t, except for that time when he is.) Each day for the next 25 days, Jodi Walker will screen one of the season’s 169 original holiday movies, answering a curated series of questions in order to showcase the genre’s ingenious formula, dedication to mayhem, and commitment to the lumberjack’s continued widowhood. that launched an entire genre of TV movies. On the 12th day of Bingemas, we turn our cheerful spirits into…

What are we watching?

Christmas Gingerbread.

Where do we watch it?

Discover +.

Why do we watch it?

Because, according to Discovery+, “An architect enters a gingerbread contest to save her mom’s bakery.”

How many Vanessa Hudgens are in this?

This movie is devoid of Vanessa Hudgens but filled with the charm of Tiya Sircar, who is perhaps best known for playing the Real Eleanor / Vicky in The good place—and most popular in my group chats with GIFs that say, “I’m a strong, independent acid snake, in a leather suit A strong independent woman.” It’s a pretty apt description for Hazel, who possesses a level of frivolity and a willingness to conquer that I appreciate in a rom-com prequel. I’ve never seen Marc Bendavid in anything, and some of his credits on IMDb read like fake renderings from 30 rock (How to buy a babyAnd the Good witch), but he’s great in this movie and I’ll now gladly accept him as Tyler Hynes’ Discovery+ version.

Is there any chance they just thought of that title and then built an entire movie around it?

It is almost impossible to understand this title Christmas Gingerbread It was still available in our 2022 Santa Fe special. But thank goodness it’s the perfect title for an entire movie about Duff Goldman. yesIn theory, this movie is about an architect and a baker who come together to create artistic yet structurally sound gingerbread magic…but especially It is about Duff Goldman from Ice of cake Play a slightly more cookie-oriented version of Duff Goldman. Discovery+ entered the holiday streaming chat for the first time ever with four original films this year, and the sassy approach it took to incorporating local non-acting talent into each one of them is admirable. The only thing missing is an Ina and Jeffrey Christmas themed origin story, but there’s always time for next year’s cinematic rescue.

How believable are the main characters’ apparent occupations?

Hazel is an architect, which he might be bone A believable rom-com career. James, on the other hand, is a contractor hired by Hazel’s father to make renovations to their bakery. And then somehow… he became the baker. But he is also, at the same time, the contractor. He’s a contractor baker, and they didn’t even try to accidentally beat something with a hammer Once.

Are there fake cities, or maybe a whole fake country?

Hazel is from a village outside of Chicago called Oak Park, but what you may not know about Oak Park is that it is apparently a made up town completely from bakers. We don’t meet anyone from Oak Park who doesn’t run a baking business. Hazel’s mother was a famous baker. Hazel’s mom’s best friend, Nina, is currently a famous baker. Nina’s niece has just opened a bakery across from Umm Hazel’s; And of course, Hazel is an architect who also bakes, has a father who now runs her mother’s bakery, and is falling in love with a man who works as a contractor and baker. If you get sick in Oak Park, you’re totally screwed—the town doctor (also a baker) will put fondant directly into your IV solution.

who died?

Hazel’s main motive is to preserve the legacy of her mother, who died two years ago. But what’s even wilder than that in the “Who Died” category is the revelation that James does have a daughter but she does exist not a widower– divorced! Even the mention of the word “divorce” is almost unheard of in an original holiday movie, unless of course the couple is about to snow off a brunch where they discover their love is still alive and well. But please rest assured that James’s divorce came with the caveats that it was completely Friendly and still are Great friends. However, it is growth in terms of not killing everyone all the time just to explain how so many thirtysomethings can be single in these many small towns.

Is there a building in disrepair, or a business facing financial ruin?

When Hazel enters her mother’s bakery for the first time since her death, she discovers James’ bakery And the And she knocks in the kitchen and says these words: “Everything is bad!” This is correctPeople, it’s ours secondly “We have to save this bakery from financial ruin” in exactly one week from Bingemas! Luckily, Hazel just saw an interview with Cookie King of Chicago, Mark Clemmons (ahem, Duff Goldman), who announced that this year’s Chicago Bakeoff’s famous Christmas theme will be “A Gingerbread Showdown.” We soon find out that this famous bakery takes place in a hotel conference room, doesn’t have a live competitive element, and doesn’t look like it was televised. The prize for such a competition? $100,000.

How difficult is a sweet encounter on the scale of “they save the other from falling into an iceberg” to “one is the other’s boss and they fall in love on a business trip”?

Cute encounter in this movie is just perfect. James emerges from the bakery’s kitchen to accuse a pretty woman of stealing a cake, at which point she says, “I’m Hazel—who hazelnutNet bakeries? He took off his construction glasses in shock, causing Hazel to roll her eyes because the glasses were apparently preventing her from seeing that she was talking not only to a baker, not just to a contractor, but also a male model.

Is there anything that tips the scale from G to PG?

Very early in the movie, James He takes off his shirt completely Wearing a chef’s jacket in front of Hazel. I mean, I saw episode 7 of The bear Only twice, but I don’t think you’re supposed to wear it under a chef’s coat, and you Of course You are not supposed to take your shirt off in a commercial kitchen.

Are there any singing/crafting/baking/blogs out there?

Oh, the baking montage we’ve been treated to! The Food Network knows how to photograph baked goods, but I have to be honest…these gingerbread houses weren’t everything. I actually am an act I live in a town where there’s a famous gingerbread contest (and the craziest thing happened – me Just I ran into my old high school sweetheart who’s a holiday movie journalist too, and now we have to save his deceased mother’s local newspaper together!), and the gingerbread houses in that thing are Nuts. A family of holiday squirrels can easily stay at any one of them. While the ginger is harboring this is The competition makes it seem like your more accomplished sibling just decided to try a new hobby this year. I will say this about the replica of Hazel and James at Oak Park City Hall, though: It looks like a city hall building.

Is there a villain sowing discord?

It’s funny how Tia Sircar used to work The good place Because I kept thinking the plot twist of this movie “Childhood best friends fight” was like The good place A copy of Mary Swissmasshocking. This means that Christmas GingerbreadHis hostility has a little bite; hazelnut Remains Shelby ate her ex-best friend because of something that happened 20 years ago until Shelby finally explains what happened and why and apologizes. She dumped Hazel to the popular crowd because she was in the closet and seemed like the easiest way to blend in, stole her prom date because he asked her to a dance and still wanted everyone to think she was straight. She also completely overhauled Hazel’s basic gingerbread house, and her aunt eventually… Hazel gets a book contract to save the bakery??? Definitely ok!

Did this movie make me cry?

I cried when Yasmine, an Iranian immigrant contestant, kicked everyone’s gingerbread donkey with her beautiful gingerbread mosque. This movie does a lot all the time, but it does it well – and more importantly, it does it with Duff Goldman, The Ace of Cakes.

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