An Unexpected Christmas Plot Summary
A writer convinces his ex-girlfriend to pose as a couple for Christmas.
Starring: Bethany Joy Lenz and Tyler Hynes
Image: Crown Media
Egos Are Fragile!
It’s the first Christmas Jamie’s family will be spending without grandpa, so he doesn’t want to add to their sorrow by admitting he and Emily have called it quits.
When Emily ends up at the airport on a work assignment at the same time as Jamie, his family naturally assumes they’ve come together. Why would Emily go along with the charade and pretend they are still a couple? When her campaign spokesperson can’t make it to Fulton, Illinois, Jamie promises the state’s governor will fill the spot and save the campaign, as long as Emily pretends to still be his girlfriend.
Everyone can see Jamie and Emily are the perfect couple. Whatever possessed Jamie to break up with her? He admits it’s because her career is taking off and his isn’t–he doesn’t want to hold her back. It all boils down to a wounded ego!
A Fun, Comedic Movie
Did you catch the cameo of Andrew Walker who crosses paths with Hynes during the restaurant scene? Walker approaches the host and says, “Walker, party of two,” before being directed to his table.
Lenz and Hynes are very playful together and naturally in sync throughout the entire movie, which ignites the chemistry and produces laughs for viewers.
My Favorite Movie Line
Leave it to grandma to be the best sounding board for Jamie who offers him sage advice. His writer’s block and inability to communicate his feelings to Emily are both caused by his paralyzing case of perfectionism.
Grandma tells Jamie, Pursuit of perfection is a road paved with disappointment. She reminds him that life is messy, so it’s best to enjoy the beauty in the mess. This is so true! As you can expect, Jamie and Emily sort out their personal mess leaving us with a very happy ending.