Hallmark Channel’s latest holiday movie, Annie Claus is Coming to Town is a good holiday romance movie for any young happy couples and hopeful happy couples to be. The near ninety minute movie offers a new twist on the classic romance genre by giving it a holiday twist. In this newest entry into the world of romance movies, audiences are introduced to young Annie Claus (played by Maria Thayer). Annie’s story is set off when Mrs. Claus (Vicki Lawrence—Mama’s Family, The Carol Burnett Show) reveals that Santa is getting ready to retire and has to pass on the mantle of Santa to the next generation. So being the next generation, Annie is sent out to try and find a love interest who could potentially become the next Santa.
As cheesy as it may be, it’s fitting that Annie ends up in a place that is the “polar” opposite (and yes that bad joke was fully intended) of the North Pole when she finds her way to sunny California. Annie stays at the Candy Cane Inn (insert rim shot here), during her time in California. The inn is run by Lucy (Vivica A. Fox—Independence Day, Set It Off, Soul Food). It doesn’t take long for the pair to become friends. She also gets to know one of her soon to be love interests in Ted (Sam Page) when she takes a job at a small toy store that’s struggling to survive. Of course, what story is complete without some conflict? Another potential love interest comes into play. But there’s a catch with this other man that at its roots hints back to certain other holiday movies. Audiences will have to discover that catch on their own. Of course, the second man who comes into the picture leads Annie to have to make a tough choice. It’s a choice that could greatly impact the very fate of Christmas around the world.
Being that it’s a Hallmark Channel movie, audiences know that Annie Claus is Coming to Town will have a happy ending. It’s that ending that makes it a good movie for any happy couple or hopeful happy couple to be during the holiday season. It shows also the classic themes that love can be found in the most unlikely of places and that true love will always prevail. One only needs to follow one’s own heart. Annie Claus is Coming to Town is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online direct via the Hallmark Channel online store at http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/shop/default.aspx.
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