Sunday, December 8, 2013

25 Days of Christmas Movies - Movie 4 - Holiday Road Trip


Starring:  Patrick Muldoon, Ashley Scott, Kip Pardue, Shelly Long and George Hamilton.

About the movie (from Christmas Wiki):
Co-workers at a high-profile pet supply store in Washington D.C., Pat (Patrick Muldoon) and Maya (Ashley Scott) couldn't be more opposite. Maya works in accounting, she’s a driven, ambitious businesswoman looking to turn her job into a great career.  He’s in the design department and basically plays for a living, which is a perfect job for the little kid who never really grew up. She wears Manolos, and he wears Velcro. 

When Maya's obscenely successful boyfriend, Davis (Kip Pardue) leaves her right before Christmas, she begrudgingly decides to volunteer an RV tour along with Pat and the star of the company, Scoots (Uggie the dog, "The Artist"). At first, the road trip is a match made in hell. But the whole idea is the brain child of the company founder Max (George Hamilton), who is Pat's dad.
Once on the road, opposites are put to the test. Pat eats nothing but junk food, but she wants to be healthy. He listens to hard rock, while she prefers jazz. He drives 95, while she coasts at a leisurely 55. She thinks he’s an uneducated man-child while he thinks she’s a self-absorbed snob. But fate has a funny way of intervening. All the while, Davis, who feels he made a terrible mistake breaking up with Maya, is one step behind. 

My Review:  
Holiday Road Trip is one of those awkward yet sweet little Christmas movies that is intended to inspire some giggles and smiles.  Polar opposites Pat and Maya head out on a road trip with Scoots the mascot of Pet Products.  What starts out as a desperate attempt to just get away from home while nursing her wounded heart, develops into a friendship and romantic adventure.  

I believe my favorite part of the film was actually seeing actors from my childhood like Susan Olsen (Cindy from the Brady Bunch), Mindy Cohn (THE Natalie my favorite Facts of Life girl), Donna Partow of Angie and of course Saturday Night Fever, and Shelly Long among others.  It was a fun holiday romp that provided a nice evening's escape from shopping and planning for Christmas.  Loved it for what it was.  Do not expect "It's A Wonderful Life" do expect a sweet and quirky film.  

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