12 Dates of Christmas

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12 Dates of Christmas
Miles (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and Kate (Amy Smart) standing outside in winter; Miles is holding a wrapped present
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Directed by James Hayman
Produced by
  • Beth Miller
  • Salli Newman
Written by
  • Janet Brownell
  • Blake J. Harris
  • Aaron Mendelsohn
Starring
Country United States
Language English
Release date
  • December 11, 2011 (2011-12-11)
Running time 90 min

12 Dates of Christmas is a television film starring Amy Smart and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. It premiered on ABC Family on December 11, 2011 in their 25 Days of Christmas programming block. It is directed by James Hayman.[1]

Plot[edit]

Kate finds herself reliving Christmas Eve (including a blind date with a man named Miles) over and over again. She must discover how to break the cycle – should she attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend Jack, or should she pursue Miles, or something else?

Cast[edit]

Music and theme song[edit]

"Angels Are Singing" is a song performed by American recording artist Jordin Sparks, and serves as the theme song of 12 Dates of Christmas. It was released as a digital download on November 27, 2011 on iTunes and Amazon.com.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

In Us Weekly, John Griffiths wrote, "This holiday romance steals a page from Groundhog Day and runs with it.... It's a sweet, wacky... and nicely woven journey, with the endearing Smart adding an extra twinkle."[3]

On Common Sense Media, Emily Ashby said, "... 12 Dates of Christmas works in a sappy-sweet, opposites-attract love plot that just happens to take place on Christmas Eve. This holiday tie-in bolsters what's otherwise a lukewarm story marked by a handful of funny moments and the requisite romantic ones. There's little that's remarkable about the story itself, but that doesn't mean the mostly predictable ending won't leave you feeling warm and fuzzy nonetheless."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 12 Dates of Christmas at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ "Angels Are Singing – Single". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  3. ^ Griffiths, John (December 6, 2011). 12 Dates of Christmas, Us Weekly. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  4. ^ Ashby, Emily. 12 Dates of Christmas, Common Sense Media. Retrieved December 16, 2012.