CinemaBlind’s Review – 60%
The holiday season is finally here and so is Prime Video’s ad-supported streaming service Freevee’s Christmas rom-com film EXmas. Starring Leighton Meester and Robbie Amell in the lead roles, this film works solely because of the charming chemistry shared by all of the cast members, especially the leading duo.
Directed by Jonah Feingold, from a screenplay by Dan Steele, EXmas revolves around Graham (Amell), his family, and his ex-fiancée Ali during the Christmas holiday. When Graham has to work during Christmas he tells his family that he won’t be able to make it home, but despite his work promises he still goes home and finds his ex, who broke up with him sometime ago celebrating Christmas with his family. When he learns that his family invited her and they still like her he vows to make everyone hate her and ask her to leave by Christmas time.
If you love Hallmark movies this time of the year then you will love this one. EXmas has all the Christmas magic you could ask for, a loving family consisting of understanding and adorable parents, three siblings who love each other, and a leading couple who look like Amell and Meester.
The rest of the cast is also great especially the parents played Michael Hitchcock and Kathryn Greenwood. The other supporting cast includes Veronika Slowikowska, Steven Huy, Thomas Cadrot, and Donna Benedicto.
While the film is charming and funny at times it doesn’t come without its faults. It does have some lazily written plotlines and underdeveloped characters, and I do think that it won’t become a Christmas classic but if you are in the mood for watching something new that will make you laugh and tug at your heartstrings, EXmas is it this year.
So, in conclusion, EXmas is going to be a popular title in homes this Christmas because of its charming story and talented cast that will make you feel all the holiday spirit you need. While it does falter sometimes you can easily forgive the film for them because well its that time of the year.