Holiday in Handcuffs
|Holiday in Handcuffs|
|Directed by||Ron Underwood|
|Produced by||Jody Brockway
|Written by||Sara Endsley|
|Starring||Melissa Joan Hart
Vanessa Lee Evigan
|Distributed by||ABC Family|
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Budget||$5 million (estimated)|
Holiday in Handcuffs is an American crime comedy television movie that originally aired on ABC Family on December 9, 2007, as a part of the network's 25 Days of Christmas programming block. The film stars Melissa Joan Hart, Mario Lopez, Markie Post, Timothy Bottoms, June Lockhart, Kyle Howard and Vanessa Lee Evigan.
Trudie is an aspiring painter stuck working as a restaurant waitress. With the pressure to please her parents building, a job interview that goes poorly and getting dumped by her boyfriend, she has a nervous breakdown. Stressed about going home for the holidays alone, she kidnaps David Martin, a random customer at the restaurant in which she works and introduces him to her parents as her boyfriend, Nick. Trudie's family is vacationing at a very isolated house miles away from anything, so David is unable to escape (he makes several attempts). He finally decides to play along until the police come, but he ultimately falls in love with Trudie and understands why she felt forced to kidnap him in the first place.
But this Christmas holiday comes to an abrupt end when her brother announces that he is gay and her sister says that she has disenrolled in Law School and with the tuition her dad has been sending her bought a pilates studio and then police show up and arrest the family during dinner. Before he was kidnapped, David had a successful job and a beautiful, rich girlfriend. During his time with Trudie and her family, he realizes his life has developed into something he did not intend. After the police show up at Christmas dinner and arrest the family, he decides not to press charges. Trudie does not see or hear from David for a few months, but sees his engagement announcement in the newspaper.
Trudie is invited to show her art at a local art gallery and is stunned to see one of her pieces is sold during the show. As she is leaving the show, she is kidnapped and taken to a nearby building. Her kidnapper turns out to be David. He tells her he bought this building and is making it into an architecture/art studio. He decided to turn his life around and do something he really loves...architecture. He also wanted an art studio and shows her his first art piece he just purchased, and it turns out to be hers. David admits his love for Trudie and Trudie admits her feelings towards him as well. They share a kiss as the credits start to roll.
- Melissa Joan Hart as Gertrude "Trudie" Marie Chandler
- Mario Lopez as David Martin/Nick
- Markie Post as Mrs. Chandler
- Timothy Bottoms as Mr. Chandler
- June Lockhart as Grandma Dolores
- Kyle Howard as Jake Chandler
- Vanessa Lee Evigan as Katie Chandler
- Gabrielle Miller as Jessica
- Layla Alizada as Lucy
- Marty Hanenberg as Mr. Portnoy
- Ben Ayres as Nick
- Travis Milne as Ryan (Jake's boyfriend)
Production notes 
The movie received 6.7 million viewers and a 2.4 in adults 18 to 49, making it the most watched telecast in ABC Family history.
DVD releases 
Holiday in Handcuffs was released on Region 1 DVD on October 7, 2008. The movie was re-released along with the television movie Snowglobe on October 13, 2009.
- Hibberd, James. "‘Handcuffs’ Sets ABC Family Record". tvweek.com.
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