By Lily Cowan ’22 and Julia Bohnen ’24
Cheesy and predictable as they are, Hallmark movies are a holiday staple! Because these films are so repetitive, we decided to put our skills to the test and try and guess the plots of 3 different recent Hallmark films.
We searched Hallmark movies on Google and decided on 3 banners that caught our attention. Then, we tried to guess the plots of these films, and finally we compared our predictions to the actual plots of the Hallmark movies.
Here are the 3 we decided on (they can all be found on amazon prime video)! Play along by scrolling through until you can see the movie title and poster. Wait until you have your guess before you scroll down and see ours, and the actual plot summary!
And remember, the main ingredients of any Christmas Hallmark movie:
- Christmas setting
- Big city or country backdrop (never in between!)
- Royal countries that have strange names
And of course!
- A happily ever after!
Switched for Christmas:
This movie is about two sisters that don’t know each other exist. One is living a rich and glamorous life and the other is living in the country with horses on a farm. Christmas comes around and they are both miserable, wanting to escape their lives and find each other on a plane. They happen to be sitting beside each other on the flight and get along right away! Turns out, they are long lost sisters! They decide, as Christmas gifts to each other, to switch lives for the holidays. While swapped they fall in love with someone they never thought they’d fall for and begin to worry because it’s not their real life! After dramatic love confessions everyone decides to follow their hearts and swap forever. And everyone lives happily ever after.
“When identical twin sisters are stuck planning their respective Christmas parties, they’re convinced the grass is greener on the other side. Deciding to swap lives for the holiday, the lessons they learn along the way may turn out to make this the best Christmas ever.”
We were kind of close right? Were you?
The Christmas Train:
Multiple characters are trying to get home before Christmas and the train they are on on Christmas Eve stops due to heavy snow. Our main character, a grouchy businessman, is trying to get back home for work but is stuck in a less than ideal situation, like the rest of the passengers. Turns out, a woman from his past is also on the train and they rekindle their relationship while stuck in the snow. We see snapshots into the backgrounds of the characters and then see how their stories converge.
Uh oh… not bad but not great!
Actual Plot (2 variations!)
“A writer takes a four day trip on a train hoping to get ideas for a book he’s writing in memory of his father. His true love happens to be on the train writing a script. They bond with different people along the way. It’s obvious the two are still in love.”
“A cynical journalist decides to take a train from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles for Christmas to get inspiration for a story in honor of his late father. He gets to know the other passengers and runs into an old flame while aboard.”
One Royal Holiday:
A woman who runs a quaint bed and breakfast in her small town shelters some royals during a large and unexpected snowstorm just before Christmas. She doesn’t know they are royals and she shows them around her town. She begins to fall for the Prince but she finds out he is engaged to marry a princess already! When she finally discovers who the strangers she has been spending so much time with are actually part of a Royal Family, she is shocked! They continue to fall in love but can they be together due to their separate worlds?
“When Anna offers a stranded mother and son shelter in a blizzard, she learns that they are the Royal Family of Galwick. Anna shows the Prince how they do Christmas in her hometown, encouraging him to open his heart and be true to himself.”
Yikes! I think we wanted this one to be more dramatic than it really is!
If you’re looking for a fun challenge during the break, try predicting the plot of Hallmark movies! We are looking forward to watching these films during the break to really see if our guesses were accurate. If you play along with us, please stop us in the halls and let us know how you did!
Happy holidays and New Year to everyone!