Format: Hallmark Channel
Director: Mark Jean
The Nine Lives of Christmas (2014) is the movie that precedes The Nine Kittens of Christmas, which we just watched. Some of the cast from the follow up is in this movie, like Gregory Harrison. But it's a different and oddly cheaper film than the sequel.
But it does have stars Brandon Routh and Kimberley Sustad. I can kinda see why people liked them enough that this got a sequel. The acting isn't robotic, and you can see its not just people smiling at each other like morons.
It's basically a movie about two adults as shy and dumb about romance as two middle schoolers, who are eye-@#$%ing each other for 3/4ths of the movie but, do not do anything about it until the final, Christmassy pronouncement of love.
Because TV, and especially these movies, works a certain way - there's a scene when it's just the two of them, alone in a house in which they both live, and they kiss, and then apparently time and space no longer matter, because they're then telling their confidants about the kiss in two different locations. And I'm like... so... what happened for the 12 hours or so inbetween here? You said nothing to each other? I would think you would say something to each other. Like - I get that that felt good in the edit bay, but it literally makes no sense at that point.
ANYWAY, these movies are not about making sense. They're about dumb misunderstandings. And Christmas-time romance. And picking out a tree. And talking about Christmas when I was a kid. And hitting all the beats. Plus, cats.
The movie doesn't really set up Routh's character quite the way I imagined they would based upon the sequel, which states that he has a hard time with change. I mean, maybe? But not a pathological fear of change as presented. He's adjusting to the idea of taking a girl seriously rather than having fun, but he does do it on his own.
Anyhoo... there's a couple of cute cats. And I realize now several things in the sequel were call-backs to this movie, which means the people who made the sequel were assuming we were very, very familiar with this movie (I don't think I'd watched it all the way through before).