Two schoolteachers take their rivalry to a new level, while they scramble to win a holiday baking contest.


“A Cookie Cutter Christmas” kinda does the job for me with that title. If you’ve got a friend or family members that ironically or purposefully watches these Hallmark Channel productions, then they’re in luck. Everyone else should get ready for a season of gift wrapping and feasts with these movies playing in the background. These productions serve a purpose as they’re shot on the cheap and meant to take the hit during those times when networks won’t air good shows to empty audiences.

The Christmas Bake Off drives the film, as the two lovers want to win by all means necessary. Alan Thicke is the only person in the film that I recognize, but I guess that’s because he’s raising money to help his kid look like more of a mid-life crisis. The box art touts that this film is part of the Countdown to Christmas, but I’m not sure if I should take that as a threat or not. What are they going to do on Christmas? Show this movie again. You might find that my approach to these movies is on constant repeat throughout the Christmas season. Well, it’s because most Holiday fare follows the tried and true tradition of pissing me off. For every Shane Black outing, we get a cheap Cable TV production about what it means to do be boring cliche white people in sweaters. I’m tired of it and I want to make that abundantly clear.

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for a Christmas TV movie. The transfer is sharp enough. The same goes for the Dolby track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to the curious.


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