Falling for Christmas movie review (2022)

In a tinsel-covered twist on “Overboard,” Lohan plays a hotel heiress named Sierra Belmont who finds herself in just this kind of situation. Offered the position of “Vice President of Atmosphere” at her father’s exclusive ski lodge, she’s there a week before Christmas to tell him she doesn’t think the position is right for her, even though she doesn’t really know what else to do with his life instead. All she knows is that she wants to be known for more than her father’s last name.

Decked out in gorgeous monochromatic ensembles designed by Emerson Alvarez, like the bold red jumpsuit in the poster and a fuchsia winter suit, Lohan embodies this character as a softer version of Sigourney Weavers character in “Working girl.” She’s good-natured, but she barks orders like someone whose privilege comes second nature. Lohan is at her best in this half of the film, allowing her natural comedic chops to shine.

On her way to meet her stupid social media influencer boyfriend Tad (George Young), Sierra meets cute with Jake (Chord Overstreet), the owner of a much smaller, struggling resort on the same mountain. He runs into her while holding a cup of hot cocoa given to him by Sierra’s father Beauregard (Jack Wagner) refuses to invest in his company. Lohan screaming “My Valenyagi” over and over after a dollop of whipped cream finds its way onto her lapel is pure camp.

Of course, this unlikely duo reunites after a disastrous off-the-grid photo shoot ends with Sierra and Tad tumbling off a remote mountain. While taking tourists on an idyllic sleigh ride, Jake finds the now amnesiac Sierra, head-butted into a tree, while Tad spends four days with a survivalist named Ralph (Sean J. Dillingham).

All of this is established at a breakneck pace during the first ten minutes, with Lohan more than capable of maintaining the prescribed rat-a-tat dialogue necessary to pull off the tone. She even goes all in on a few slapstick moments that don’t quite work, but add a nice craziness that balances out some of the film’s more saccharine tendencies. As Tad, Young is absolutely hilarious, spewing out absurd lines with the utmost sincerity that pair well with the broad comedy his self-absorbed character demands. If only the film had maintained this insane style throughout, it could have transcended its features and become a new classic.

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