** Naughty or Nice (2012)

Johnson Production Group, Maple Island Films,

Hilarie Burton, Matt Dallas, Michael Gross, Meredith Baxter

Krissy Kringle (Hilarie Burton) despises Christmas. She’s expecting a big promotion, but is shocked to be let go, and she can only find a job working as a Christmas wrapper at the local department store which requires that she work with Santa to take pictures of the kids. But when someone named Krissy Kringle moved into the neighborhood, the neighbors changed the name of their street to Candy Cane Lane, complete with a holiday lighting contest every year. Because of her name, the post office delivers a lot of misdirected mail to the real Kris Kringle to her house. She ignores this, but one big package contained a strange Naught or Nice book that Santa left at a child’s house and was mailed back to him. Krissy finds out that the book magically reveals the bad things everyone has done, and she finds out she can use this book to seek revenge on people by finding out their secrets. Soon she learns that the information in the wrong hands turns her into a pretty nasty person herself.

Not to be confused with the film by the same name from 2004 featuring George Lopez, this film is a bit of Christmas fluff that is a lot of fun to watch. It’s not real serious, although there is some drama as we learn that Krissy doesn’t know the secret that it’s actually two books in one, and that it shows the good things as well as the bad. She is so busy seeking revenge, that she misses all the good in the world, so it does carry that message. But it’s all in fun, and it’s mostly pretty light-hearted. All in all it was a lot of fun, and a new angle on how Santa really knows who’s been good and who’s been bad. This is a worthwhile Christmas film to see out.

[Here is the Hallmark Channel page for this film.]

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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