Christmas Cupid Reviews
I don't know that I really liked that a strong young woman who has worked hard and wants a good future for herself is torn down as selfish and shallow. Clearly it's more noble to be poor and want nothing but true love?!
That aside, the deathbed scene also had me scratching my head. Okay, so she made some poor decisions in her personal life. That leads to her dying alone. However, it's not specified what she is dying of, except that she is young. This is the wake up call she needs to turn her life around. So she won't die.
Okay, someone please explain to me how choosing a different partner keeps you safe from whatever horrible illness struck her down young?
Unless it's an std from her unfaithful ex, though implications are, she already slept with him, so even so, if she caught an std, she's already got it at this point.(and, honestly, I don't think that is where they were going anyhow with that, although, we do have a modern day "Scrooge" plot here with a ghost who has genital herpes, so anything is possible!).
It's not all bad. Ashley Benson is fine as an alcoholic deceased starlet. I didn't find Christina too convincing, but she's okay, it is only a fluff piece after all. Chad is horrible. Wooden and no chemistry whatsoever.
I certainly wouldn't have wanted to pay money to see it, and the plot is old and tired, but it is December, so forgivable to watch a bit of crap this time of year!
Long story short Of course Sloane turns it around with visits from ghosts in the form of her ex-boyfriends Past, Present, & Future... Her "Bob Crachett" is an overworked secretary who's Christmas gift from Sloane is getting to go home early from the Memorial Service/Movie Premier that Sloane promoted for the dead starlet. Dead Starlet's reward for scaring Sloane straight is after years of out of control behavior after Sloane is "reformed" gets a splashy full wing on ascention to heaven with sparkle and glitter... Sloane's big revelation that made her turn it around was not the combo from the original of facing his own mortality plus tiny tims Oh no Sloane does see her future self flat line in a barren hospital room (She seemed most affected by lack of flowers) and her best friend lose her restaurant and forced to work at Applebes Horrors!
To say this is Juvenile is an insult to juveniles, The Message from this Message picture is Rules for the Beautiful people continue into the Afterlife (Starlet is so ready to move on and see James Dean etc..) and that those you've treated like trash will forgive you everything if you are young and pretty... Bad movie, horrible Christmas movie.
Out a club that night Caitlin chokes to death on the olive from a martini. Her ghost comes back to haunt Sloane, telling her that her time is running out and she needs to change her ways or pay the price. Caitlin tells Sloane that for the next 3 nights she will be visited by 3 different ghosts at the stroke of midnight and they will give her a chance at redemption.
Sloane is shocked and confused when Andrew calls her to tell her that Caitlin has died, not believing that she just talked to a ghost. So, she decides to see the body for herself. At the hospital, Sloane runs into Patrick, her ex-boyfriend from college, who is a doctor at the hospital. Upon seeing Caitlin's body, Sloane is clearly more upset about the implications for the movie premiere than the loss of a young girl. Sloane becomes even more flustered after being visited by Caitlin's ghost again, and seeks consolation from Patrick. The spark between them is still there, and Patrick confronts Sloane about breaking up with him rather than going with him to medical school in Iowa.
the title mismatches the scenario because it feels more like Christmas Carol than anything else
Christina Milian and Ashley Benson are such a treat to watch together, it's like watching two very close sisters get along in an instant
the film despite the cheesiness and a lot of corny moments is still very positive, upbeat, and quite giggle-worthy
plus they really do cover some interesting ground about getting everything you want in life whether it involves a successful career, being set for life, being ambitious, connected and committed but also at the expense of those you care about and whom you leave behind
changing your ways seals your future and the actions taken
this one could have been so much worse but thankfully that isn't the case here