A Very Country Christmas was a lot better than I expected. Even though we have seen this story arc play out numerous times before, this particular one had a lot of charm behind it, and the chemistry between the two leads felt real.
Zane (Greyston Holt) is a country superstar. He’s tired of everything and decides to retreat to a family-owned property in a small town. Somewhere in that town is a single mom, Jeannette (Bea Santos), who isn’t looking for love at all. Through a series of unfortunate events, the two cross paths, and the sparks fly. There’s one problem, and stopped me if you’ve heard this before, but he’s famous, and she’s not cut out for that lifestyle.
There are a handful of minor characters that are obnoxious and unnecessary, yet when you’re a celebrity on the run, there is always someone looking for their own 15 minutes of fame. Take the police officer, for example. After pulling over Zane for speeding, she gets his autograph and takes a few selfies. This cop then goes to the coffee shop to brag about her “relationship” with Zane. It has to be one of the worse portrayals of a police officer that I have ever seen. Her whole story was unnecessary and a waste of screen time.
We all knew that the paparazzi would eventually find Zane, and that would put his new romance through the ultimate test. It was nice to see that he had his priorities straight and was willing to put his relationship first.
We did not know that A Very Country Christmas is actually just the first part of a three-movie series. From just reading the other films’ synopsis, it appears that whatever steps Zane took to grow his professional and personal life, doesn’t appear to stick in the next movie.
I enjoyed the first entry and wonder what the future holds for Zane and Jeannette as they try to navigate life. 7/10