When it comes to holiday films they fall in all sorts of categories beyond just the holiday it’s focusing on. More often than not these films deal with family issues or love stories, but with cases like Coming Home For Christmas they happen to be bringing both of these ideas together, but does it try to force too much into this holiday tale or does it manage to make you glad you came home for the holidays?
Coming Home For Christmas follows two sisters who haven’t spoken in years, but when their issues drive a wedge between their parents causing a separation. Now one of the sisters is determined to bring the family back together while trying to juggle her own new found relationship. This is one of those fairly by the numbers films that you can pretty much tell what direction it is going to go from the moment it begins. With that being said, it still tells a story that works. Sure it feels like a Lifetime film and doesn’t try to be anything but that which is why it works. The actors all do a fine job with their characters, but the hardest part to buy into is Amy Jo Johnson as the mother, but not because of her acting, she does a fine job, it’s that internal memory that makes it hard to see her as anything other than the characters that made her famous. She brings that much needed emotion, strength, and struggle to the character that was not expected. This film is geared towards a particular audience and is sure to be one that delivers for them.
This isn’t anything that has been done before in some fashion, but works for what it wants to deliver. There aren’t too many real family films out there, so every so often a heartwarming family film like this is a refreshing change. If you are a fan of these types of films then give it a chance as you will most likely enjoy it.