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Hallmark Movies 2017

Last Updated on Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Dave!Here's a checklist of all the Hallmark original romance movies from 2017 along with my comments on those I've seen.

Special movies of note are marked Favorite, Good, Okay, and BAD.


   

Hallmark Channel Originals 2017

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A Rose for Christmas
(Rachel Boston and Marc Bendavid • January 1, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Love on Ice
(Winterfest • Julie Berman and Andrew Walker • January 7, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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A Royal Winter
(Winterfest • Merritt Patterson and Jack Donnelly • January 14, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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The Birthday Wish
(Winterfest • Jessy Schram and Luke Macfarlane • January 21, 2017)
Wait... is one of the third-tier characters at this gathering... WITH HIS BOYFRIEND?!? They kinda sorta maybe look like they might be a couple. Didn't think I'd see this in a Hallmark movie! How many decades until we get a legit same-sex couple as the leads in a Hallmark? Anyway... this was a departure for a Hallmark movie in that it entails a bit of science fiction. A woman wishes to see the future and her wish is granted. It's way different than she was planning, but will it make her happy? Well, this is Hallmark, and so...

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Love Locks
(Hallmark Hall Of Fame • Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell • January 28, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Walking the Dog
(Countdown to Valentine's Day • Jennifer Finnigan and Samuel Page • February 4, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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✓ Good A Dash of Love
(Countdown to Valentine's Day • Jen Lilley and Brendan Penny • February 11, 2017)
The infinitely sweet and charming Jen Lilley is lush with watchability... and this movie is a perfect showcase for her talents. Then there's Brendan Penny, who is finally stepping out of those Hallmark "Vineyard" movies to do something different. And lastly there's Peri Gilpin, who is once again channeling Frasier's Roz. The result is about what you'd expect. Wanna be cook gal falls for the executive chef guy of a restaurant chafing under a demanding, horrible boss who is stuck in her ways. But when the horrible boss steals her recipes and fires the both of them to cover her tracks, a beautiful revenge... and romance... ensues. What I really liked about this one is that the lead turns out to be anything but passive when wronged, which is the opposite of what you'd expect. Refeshing!

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While You Were Dating
(Countdown to Valentine's Day • William Baldwin and Stefanie von Pfetten • February 12, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Love at First Glance
(Countdown to Valentine's Day • Amy Smart and Adrian Grenier • February 14, 2017)
You would think that after watching so many Hallmark movies I would have a high tolerance for bad television. But this is the single worst Hallmark movie I've ever seen. Unbearable to watch. And so... I'm doing something I've only ever done ONCE before... fast-forwarding to the end. BECAUSE OH MY GAWD. SO BAD. CATASTROPHICALLY AWFUL. CRINGE-INDUCING, GAG-INDUCING, NEVER-WATCH-HALLMARK-AGAIN-INDUCING HORRIFIC. I mean, ALL Hallmark movies are practically implausible. This one is just downright impossible. I feel like I am stupider for having watched even part of it.

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Love Blossoms
(Shantel VanSanten and Victor Webster • February 18, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Campfire Kiss
(Danica McKellar and Paul Greene • March 18, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Love at First Bark
(Spring Fling • Jana Kramer and Kevin McGarry • April 1, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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✓ Good Moonlight in Vermont
(Spring Fling • Lacey Chabert and Carlo Marks • April 8, 2017)
I'll watch anything with Lacey Chabert, even when the male lead is somebody I don't know. This is another one of those "I'm going to pretend that this guy I hate is my boyfriend so my ex-boyfriend will be jealous and want me back" movies. What makes it so good is unknown Carlo Marks, who manages to hold is own in the funny and sweet department against Lacey Chabert, which is no easy feat. On top of that, Hallmark managed to make Vancouver, BC feel a lot like Vermont, which is also no easy feat! Predictable and sweet, just like a good Hallmark movie should be.

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Like Cats and Dogs
(Spring Fling • Cassidy Gifford and Wyatt Nash • April 15, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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The Perfect Catch
(Spring Fling • Nikki Deloach and Andrew Walker • April 22, 2017)
I used to wonder if Hallmark is running out of single-mom/single-dad scenarios, but now I know better. Those scenarios will never run out! A baseball player past his prime who is struggling to get a new team visits his home town where he happens to run into his high-school sweetheart at her struggling diner who has a son struggling with... baseball. What are the odds? All this struggling works itself out exactly as you'd expect, which made this a bit of a dull outing. But Andrew Walker and Nikki DeLoach have decent chemistry, so there's that. I ended up enjoying this far more than I thought I would on that alone.

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✓ Good The Art of Us
(Taylor Cole and Steve Lund • May 20, 2017)
It's Jake from Schitt's Creek! Well, actually, it's Steve Lund who plays Jake, but I'm a big fan of him. In The Art of Us he plays a dog walker who paints beautiful works of art in his spare time. But then his latest client, an art history professor who also teaches art, finds out about his talent. He needs money to repair his houseboat, she needs an artist to fill in at a show to score points with her boss. It's a match made in heaven... until a lie starts taking over both their lives. The leads are both good, but it's Steve Lund's charm and winning personality that makes this one worth watching.

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All for Love
(Sara Rue and Steve Bacic • May 27, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Destination Wedding
(June Weddings • Alexa PenaVega and Jeremy Guilbaut • June 3, 2017)
Like most Hallmark movies, this story is entirely predicable. Unlike most Hallmark movies, I felt terrible for the current boyfriend who gets dumped so the girl can go back to her old flame. Most times they have the current boyfriend do something implausible and awful which makes it okay that she dumps him. This time they tried to do that, but they were unsuccessful. He did nothing wrong. He seems like a standup guy who was completely open and honest about their relationship. Because of that, this movie, while fun, has a really downer note to it. If you have any empathy at all, you’ll be sad by the time the credits roll. And yet... for a Hallmark film, it’s still pretty good.

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The Perfect Bride
(June Weddings • Pascale Hutton and Kavan Smith • June 10, 2017)
Some ideas for a movie are so absurdly stupid that they should have been discarded. This is one of those ideas. When a fitness instructor who runs a "Bridal Bootcamp" (told you) falls for a photographer she dances with at a wedding, she falls fast and hard. So imagine her surprise when the guy shows up with his fiancé so she can register for the camp! I cannot for the life of me understand why Pascale Hutton agreed to play a character that's this stupid and flighty. I kept hoping that one of her character's friends or co-workers would slap some sense into her so she'd stop being so lame. I ended up fast-forwarding through big chunks of the movie when it strayed too far into stupidville. Which was too often.

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Wedding March 2: Resorting to Love
(June Weddings • Jack Wagner and Josie Bissett • June 17, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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✓ Good My Favorite Wedding
(June Weddings • Maggie Lawson and Paul Greene • June 24, 2017)
I love Maggie Lawson. I wonder if we're getting a new Psych movie any time soon? Anyway... successful doctor and hopeless romantic Tess is planning her best friend's wedding when she runs across the groom's best man... a divorce lawyer who doesn't have faith in marriage! They fight like cats and dogs because that's what happens in these things before the romance begins. What makes this one particularly good is the writing. This is a funny movie... and the chemistry between the leads is great. The scene where they first meet is laugh-out-loud funny... and the banter that runs through the rest of the movie is classic. One of the few Hallmark movies that I really want to see have a sequel. Michael and Tess are just too good to let be.

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The Christmas Cure
(Brooke Nevin, Steve Byers, and Patrick Duffy • July 15, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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✓ Favorite Love at the Shore
(Summer Nights • Amanda Righetti and Peter Porte • August 5, 2017)
The movie features music by The Beach Boys, so you know it's not going to be all bad. Jenna is a successful teen novel author and single mom with two kids who is prim and proper and needing to get away to write a sequel to her first book. Unfortunately for her, the next door neighbor at the Georgia beach summer house where she's staying is anything but prim and proper! He's a free-spirited surfer dude named Lucas who plays loud music at night, has a crazy dog named Tank that gets into everything, and (obviously) gets on Jenna's last nerve! But things start to change when Lucas finds himself falling in love with Jenna's kids... and Jenna starts falling in love with Lucas! Oh the drama! There are enough funny moments to make this worth watching... and the kids are shockingly not too annoying which is always a bonus (and the boy is a fantastic swimmer!). Peter Porte, who I haven't thought much about in his other Hallmark movies, is actually pretty fantastic in this one (and impossibly good looking). But the MVP here is obviously Tank the dog.

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Summer in the Vineyard
(Summer Nights • Rachael Leigh Cook and Brendan Penny • August 12, 2017)
A rare Hallmark sequel... this time to last year's Autumn in the Vineyard. Sadly, while the original was a pretty good flick, this one is boring and kinda a mess. On top of that, Nate is a stupid ass, so the romance does't even work much of the time (who sprays fertilizer on the LEAVES of the vines?!?). I don't understand why he keeps making decisions for both of them even though he knows it upsets her. It makes for a pretty crappy one-way relationship. From what I understand, these movies are based on books, and this one deviates wildly from the text... shifting the focus from Marco and Lexi to Nate and Frankie so as to keep Rachael Leigh Cook as the romantic lead. It's a marketing decision that isn't a good artistic choice, but I get it. Anyway... Nate and Frankie finally got together after their embattled relationship, but all is not perfect when their Summerfest plans go awry.

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Eat, Play, Love
(Summer Nights • Jen Lilley and Jason Cermak • August 19, 2017)
ZOMG! Lindsay Wagner and Lee Majors guest star?!? Sign me up! This is another adorably charming performance by Jen Lilley, who excels at Hallmark schmaltz like nobody's business. Jen the veterinarian has been in love with "Dan the Dog Man" who owns a local animal shelter since they were in grade school together. Unfortunately for her, he's engaged to a total asshole news reporter who just got a job offer in New York... AND SHE DOESN'T LIKE DOGS! So not only is Jen losing the guy she likes to a horrible puppy-kicking woman, he's going to move away to boot! THE TRAGEDY! Lucky for all of us, Dan's sister decides to intervene so true love can prevail. OR DOES IT?!? Well, this is Hallmark, so I think we all know the answer to that. All it takes is Jen switching from comically-large glasses to contact lenses for "Dan the Dog Man" to start seeing clearly. In other news... Jason Cermak has got to be the whitest guy ever to appear in a Hallmark movie. And that's saying something. Oh... and one last thing... NOTE TO HALLMARK: DOGS ARE NOT MORE SPECIAL THAN CATS!

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At Home in Mitford
(Summer Nights • Andie MacDowell and Cameron Mathison • August 20, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Sun, Sand, and Romance
(Summer Nights • Tricia Helfer and Paul Campbell • August 26, 2017)
Stars the ever-so-dreamy TRICIAL HELFER, which is pretty much all you need to know. As if that’s wasn’t good enough, Paul Campbell, her co-star from Battlestar Galactica, is also in it. He’s one of my favorite Hallmark actors, and produced Sun, Sand, & Romance as well as stared in it (I believe he also came up with the idea). Basically, Paul Campbell and Trcia Helfer were childhood friends. So when Tricia shows up with her boyfriend at the resort where Paul works... and the boyfriend keeps getting pulled away for work... well, nature takes its course. Predictable as always, sure, but the cast makes it a fun ride, assuming you can ignore the groan-inducing Peg the Platypus crap.

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Falling for Vermont
(Fall Harvest • Julie Gonzalo and Benjamin Ayres • September 23, 2017)
Surprisingly, Hallmark doesn't use the whole "AMNESIA!" trope as often as you'd think. Not surprisingly, Hallmark beats the "SINGLE DAD!" trope into the damn ground, and this movie exploits both to good (not certainly not great) effect. When a best-selling author wants to escape from her hectic life with a retreat to Vermont, she wasn't expecting to crash her sister's car and get amnesia! Oh noes! Lucky for her, the handsome town doctor is single (with child, natch) and willing to help her out. Blergh.

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Harvest Love
(Fall Harvest • Jen Lilley and Ryan Paevey • September 30, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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✓ Good All of My Heart: Inn Love
(Fall Harvest • Lacey Chabert & Brennan Elliott • October 7, 2017)
Despite being a direct sequel to the original, Inn Love has an entirely different inn, different goats, and different town. The only thing that hasn't changed is the cast, thankfully, since that's what's most important. The non-stop parade of disasters at Emily's money-pit gets so very tired but, fortunately, there are some secondary distractions to keep things moving... a B&B critic falling for Tommy... Brian struggling with a Wall Street job... Jenny trying to get new distribution for her baked goods... and even a new love for Alice. The nice thing about Hallmark movies getting sequels is that supporting characters get story arcs. And, in this case, it's actually the film's saving grace, and what makes it good.

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Love Struck Cafe
(Fall Harvest • Sarah Jane Morris and Andrew Walker • October 14, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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A Harvest Wedding
(Fall Harvest • Jill Wagner and Victor Webster • October 21, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Marry Me at Christmas
(Countdown to Christmas • Rachel Skarsten and Trevor Donovan • October 28, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Christmas Festival of Ice
(Countdown to Christmas • Taylor Cole and Damon Runyan • November 4, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Miss Christmas
(Countdown to Christmas • Brooke D'Orsay and Marc Blucas • November 5, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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The Sweetest Christmas
(Countdown to Christmas • Lacey Chabert and Jonathan Adams • November 11, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Enchanted Christmas
(Countdown to Christmas • Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega • November 12, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Coming Home For Christmas
(Countdown to Christmas • Danica McKellar and Neal Bledsoe • November 18, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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A Gift to Remember
(Countdown to Christmas • Ali Liebert and Peter Porte • November 19, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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With Love, Christmas
(Countdown to Christmas • Emilie Ullerup and Aaron O'Connell • November 22, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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The Mistletoe Inn
(Countdown to Christmas • Alicia Witt and David Alpay • November 23, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Finding Santa
(Countdown to Christmas • Jodie Sweetin and Eric Winter • November 24, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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The Christmas Train
(Countdown to Christmas • Dermot Mulroney, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Danny Glover, and Joan Cusack • November 25, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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✓ Favorite Switched for Christmas
(Countdown to Christmas • Candace Cameron Bure, Eion Bailey, and Mark Deklin • November 26, 2017)
Estranged twins Kate and Chris haven't seen each other since their mother died the previous year. But now they're both meeting up for a pre-Christmas brunch just like their mom would have wanted. After catching up and deciding that the other sister has it easier than they do, they decide to SWITCH PLACES FOR CHRISTMAS! So shocking. The "Queen of Christmas," Candace Cameron, proves her mettle once again... somehow excelling at just this kinda thing. So far as Hallmark Christmas movies go, this one is pretty great, even though there are absolutely no surprises along the way. The story is sweet, the "twins" special effects are seamless, and it's perfectly balanced. Not "punch you in the face with Christmas" as usual... but "It happens to be Christmastime," which is such a nice surprise. Really well-done all the way around and one of my favorites.

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Christmas in Evergreen
(Countdown to Christmas • Ashley Williams, Teddy Sears, Holly Robinson-Peete, and Barbara Niven • December 2, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Christmas at Holly Lodge
(Countdown to Christmas • Alison Sweeney and Jordan Bridges • December 3, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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The Christmas Cottage
(Countdown to Christmas • Merritt Patterson and Steve Lund • December 9, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Sharing Christmas
(Countdown to Christmas • Ellen Hollman and Bobby Campo • December 10, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Christmas Next Door
(Countdown to Christmas • Jesse Metcalfe and Fiona Gubelmann • December 16, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Christmas Connection
(Countdown to Christmas • Brooke Burns and Tom Everett Scott • December 17, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Christmas Getaway
(Countdown to Christmas • Bridget Regan and Travis Van Winkle • December 23, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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When Calls The Heart: The Christmas Wishing Tree
(Countdown to Christmas • Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing, and Lori Loughlin • December 25, 2017)
Not seen yet.

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Royal New Year's Eve
(Countdown to Christmas • Jessy Schram and Samuel Page • December 30, 2017)
Not seen yet.

Hallmark Murders & Mysteries Channel Originals 2017

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The Perfect Christmas Present
(Tara Holt and Samuel Page • November 4, 2017
Haven't seen yet.

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Christmas in the Air
(Catherine Bell and Eric Close • November 5, 2017
Haven't seen yet.

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A Song for Christmas
(Becca Tobin and Kevin McGarry • November 11, 2017
Haven't seen yet.

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Engaging Father Christmas
(Erin Krakow, Niall Matter, and Wendie Malick • November 12, 2017
Haven't seen yet.

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Christmas Homecoming
(Julie Benz and Michael Shanks • November 18, 2017
Haven't seen yet.

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✓ Good A Bramble House Christmas
(Autumn Reeser and David Haydn-Jones • November 19, 2017
Coming Soon.

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A Joyous Christmas
(Natalie Knepp, Michael Rady and Steve Bacic • November 26, 2017
Haven't seen yet.

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Christmas in Angel Falls
(Rachel Boston, Paul Greene and Beau Bridges • December 2, 2017
Haven't seen yet.

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Magical Christmas Ornaments
(Jessica Lowndes and Brendan Penny • December 3, 2017
Coming soon.

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Christmas Encore
(Maggie Lawson and Brennan Elliott • December 9, 2017
Haven't seen yet.

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Karen Kingsbury's Maggie's Christmas Miracle
(Jill Wagner and Luke Macfarlane • December 10, 2017
Haven't seen yet.

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Romance at Reindeer Lodge
(Nicky Whelan and Josh Kelly • December 17, 2017
Haven't seen yet.

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Rocky Mountain Christmas
(Lindy Booth, Kristoffer Polaha, and Treat Williams • December 22, 2017
Haven't seen yet.

Netflix Originals 2017

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A Christmas Prince
(Rose McIver and Ben Lamb • November 17, 2017
Haven't seen yet.

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Christmas Wedding Planner
(Jocelyn Hudon and Stephen Huszar • Nov 28, 2017
Haven't seen yet.

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You Can't Fight Christmas
(Brely Evans and Andra Fuller • December 10, 2017
Haven't seen yet.

   

   

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