Fit for Christmas Here to get your holiday spirit pumping. And as the only major broadcast network with a true slate of original holiday movies, CBS is out again to prove that holiday romantic comedies aren’t just the domain of cable and streaming. But he Fit for Christmas A lean machine meant to make fun? Or is it a holiday movie that rewards, like, a medicine ball and an old iron rope?
essence: Amanda Kloots plays Audrey, a fitness instructor who returns home to the small, snowy town of Mistletoe after failing to make it to New York City. Her gym was closed and her boyfriend wanted to take a break from their relationship — but at least she’s back home and holding some last-minute classes at her beloved rec center. But because she’s the heroine of a holiday movie, nothing is sacred — not even an enrollment center! Turns out the enrollment center is closing and a major city developer is ready to swoop in and turn the entire area into a luxury resort, one that threatens to put all local businesses out of business. In town to help get the needed votes so they can move forward with the renovations is a smitten businessman named Griffin (Paul Greene), and you better guess Griffin isn’t a Christmas fan. Griffin? killjoy? Hmmm…
How will Audrey raise the $80,000 needed to keep the recording center alive? And how will Audrey secure the votes she needs to stop Mr. Grinch from backing a wrecking ball to her home away from home? And what will Griffin and Audrey do if they keep bumping into each other all over town? Everyone knows that if you bump into someone in one of these movies, you’re expected to kiss about 80 minutes later!
What movies will remind you of?: Oh, nearly every single holiday romcom that’s aired on every network over the past decade. During the first five minutes, Fit for Christmas It proves that Audrey doesn’t make it in New York City, the small town loves Christmas, the record center is closing, Audrey’s mom has a studio at the record center, Audrey’s mom is dead, Audrey’s dad is resistant to moving, and Griffin doesn’t care about Christmas. Almost like Fit for Christmas It’s the performance of a gymnast in the holiday movie Olympics and you watch them land every somersault in their floor exercise. It’s kind of amazing.
A performance worth watching: Amanda Kloots is primarily known as the fitness personality and host of daytime shows for CBS the talk. Fit for Christmas It proves that Kloots can translate her charisma into a scripted performance. What she lacks in experience she more than makes up for in Cameron Diaz-style zeal. She has a big smile, infectious energy, and a can-do attitude for every scene.
Unforgettable dialogue: Audrey to Griffin after their first outing: “Little tip: This town is called Mistletoe for a reason. We’re a Christmas oasis. If you don’t like the holidays, I’ll hit the road.” Chef kiss.
Eid tradition: Carl’s Tavern (passed down from generation to generation from Carls and Carlas) holds a Mistletoe night trivia on Saturdays, the library has a game drive, the Mistletoe has a Christmas market, and the rec center hosts an annual Christmas Eve party.
Two turtle doves: Other chores to save two people while falling in love this year:
- local bakery (Christmas Gingerbread on Discovery+
- animal rescue (Dog Christmas Days at Lifetime)
- contracting company (Christmas little house on UTV)
- stage (Interrupted Christmas at Lifetime)
- magazine (You must love Christmas on CBS)
- maple plantation (Happy holiday on UTV)
Does the title make any sense?: It is, but I wish the movie had played more of the ‘property’ role in it. The title would work wonders with a movie about a guy who needs to lose weight to fit into, say, their late dad’s suit in time for a Christmas party — and the guy probably also hates Christmas, so not only does he need to be fit for him at Christmas, he needs to also to improve his Christmas traditions so that he could be fit to celebrate Christmas. It’s…a completely different movie! I call dibs on script.
Our advice: Fit for Christmas is easy, comforting, and even reassuring viewing during the 2022 Christmas movie season. It’s hot cocoa, mini marshmallows, an oversized blanket from Target, and a pine-scented candle that lights up your living room at night (and by “night,” I mean 4 p.m.). Names are changed, professions are swapped, one snow-covered city is replaced by another, but this is still every romantic movie you’ve ever seen — and that’s the whole point.
What’s interesting this year, though, is how many movies are breaking the format – either by being a completely different genre, commenting on the genre, or changing genre priorities. To go back to the way things were for a second, it’s like visiting with your best friend from college. You were not far from very For a long time, but still great to catch up.
still, Fit for Christmas Hurt by this comparison – come on, it’s impossible not to compare all these movies when you watch them every single day. On a handful of occasions we’ve seen other films go for the tried-and-true formula and still make it feel fresh, either by being the funniest holiday movie of the year or by being a dang (period piece – on basic income cable?!). If you’ve watched a lot of holiday novels already this season, including some unexpected ones, watch Fit for Christmas It can be as boring as it is comforting.
I will say this about CBS entering the TV-movie fray again — especially since it’s the only major network that’s really committed to it: They make great-looking movies…at least by holiday TV movie standards. There’s nothing cheap about their movies, even if they rely on the same stability from limited indoor locations and Main Street USA exteriors as any other holiday movie. It’s really the lighting and the cinematography, which is generally richer in CBS films than almost anywhere else, and that adds to the watchability. But it could also be like aspect ratios and motion smoothing, which is the kind of thing that some people obsess about (hello) and others ignore.
Our call: I’m only going to err on the side of SKIP IT because there have been so many holiday movies this season that have pushed the formula into funnier places, even if they don’t look as good. But you know — if you’re looking for some holiday entertainment on a major network, then… Fit for Christmas It is an absolutely wonderful comfortable watch. Let it be the first of many birthdays for Amanda Kloots.
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