THE HALLMARK CINEMATIC UNIVERSE — It's that special time of the year again. No, not the holidays, not cocoa, not family time, not Christmas trees and sledding.
It's Hallmark movie season — the most magical season of all.
It's no secret that Hallmark has a special genre of holiday flicks. It's sweet enough to give you a sugar rush, and there's a special brand of quaint New England small town and small-town friends that only exists in the Hallmark universe. These movies are meant to give you all the good feels, sometimes hilariously and at the expense of everything else.
If you watch enough Hallmark movies, you'll start to notice patterns. I would know, I once watched them for two weeks with my Nana while on vacation. Good times.
It's the same blonde actress and dark-haired actors that start showing up. The set designs and lead's cute animals reappear, and the directing all has the same weird lilting line delivery that's vaguely reminiscent of your elementary play.
Of course, then there's the plot. In the Hallmark universe, women with perfect executive jobs start inevitably longing for men and babies, and men live in their small towns forever while doing odd holiday-themed jobs and feeling empty inside ... until they meet the woman. A bad-meet-cute, a tension-building fight, a confession, and voila, someone has Christmas in-laws!
The Holderness Family Vlogs YouTube channel also noticed these similarities and others and, in the spirit of the season, pointed them out in a skit that made me snort. So grab your cocoa, put on your holiday sweater, and watch their Hallmark-parody, "A Christmas for Christmas" — because you can, apparently, watch every Hallmark movie ever in 4 minutes.
The "I had a crush on you in high school but now you're hot and I'm shallow" antics are the perfect summary of the bad-meet-cute that sometimes makes you not root for the couple at all, and the "I cut Christmas trees for a living in my high school hometown" schtick presumes ready-made perfect men lurk in the woods with well-meaning axes.
Regardless of how you feel about Hallmark movies, this skit is a good laugh at their tropes that doesn't ruin your ability to sit down and enjoy the real thing this season. And during 2020, we need both feel-good and sometimes hilariously bad movies to make us laugh more than ever.