Photographer Holly Logan (Jana Kramer) returns to her hometown of Gulfport, Mississippi for Christmas. The town is resurrecting their traditional holiday light show for the first time since a terrible hurricane struck five years earlier. Holly volunteers to pitch in, but soon has second thoughts when she discovers the festival is run by her high school sweetheart, Mike (Wes Brown). Now Holly must spend the next few days with the man who broke her heart. With the help of her match-making mom, Caroline (Faith Ford) and Mr. Kriss, the kind man who will play Santa in the town’s celebration, Holly begins to fall in love with her hometown, and Mike, all over again.
User Reviews: I used to live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and loved seeing it as a setting for a movie like this. I recognized so much of the locations in the movie, and it was wonderful! The coast is my most favorite place in the world and I can’t wait to retire there.
However, the lead actress, Jana Kramer, all the personality of drying paint and she is, IMHO, the reason this movie wasn’t better. Every other known actor in this movie is exceptional, no matter what they do, but whenever any of them had a scene with the lead actress, it was blah, 100%. It’s as though everyone was uncomfortable around her and that she brought them all down.
Throughout the movie, she was sad and depressed looking and it’s as though she thought her face would crack if she smiled. And when she did smile, it didn’t reach her eyes at all, which is important.
Every time someone in the movie paid her a compliment, or gave her a gift, or was kind to her, she responded in such a milquetoast way, with a limp, "Thank you." There was zero excitement in her as she played this role.
I gotta say, I don’t think Jana Kramer is an actress at all. This movie would have been SO much better if they had a lead who knew how to be animated and not wooden.