Comedy


Christmas on the Coast


MPAA Rating:
G
Genre:
Comedy
Runtime:
92 mins
Stars:
Julie Ann Emery, Bonnie Bedelia, Burgess Jenkins, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Cait Pool
Director:
Gary Wheeler
Producer:
Gary Wheeler, Jason White

Content at a Glance

0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
0

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
1
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


an unmarried man and woman kiss

Language


No Information

Violence


No Information

Drugs


a glass of wine is briefly shown.

Nudity


No Information

Other


a character writes hurtful things about others.



Synopsis

Tough and cynical New York celebrity novelist Dru Cassadine, known for her romance stories, is desperate for a breakthrough after a string of flops. Spurred on by brutal reviews and a not-so-subtle threat by her publisher to drop her, she is given just weeks to turn out a best seller. To get her creative juices flowing, Dru decides on a change of scenery. Reluctantly, she returns to her childhood home for the holidays. Landing in Harbor Pointe, a small picturesque beach town, a flood of memories washes over her. As the town prepares for Christmas and she struggles with her past, handsome local widower Brysen Flynn and his spunky teenage daughter Peyton enter her life. Dru’s tough New York heart melts as she befriends Peyton, and romance begins to spark with Brysen on the Southern shore…with an unexpected twist no one saw coming.


Movie Message

Christmas on the Coast is a beachy holiday romance you won’t regret indulging in.


Art imitates life as best-selling writer Dru Cassadine (Julie Ann Emery) publishes novel after novel about Annaline, a young woman who is too afraid to truly love. To keep herself and her famous character out of harm’s way, Dru avoids romance, vulnerability, or anything else that may be uncomfortable. She lives an isolated, snobbish, controlled life and is very much closed off to everyone – especially her own family and friends back home in Harbor Point, South Carolina. Stale, stuck, and dull, Dru writes about a life of adventure and living life to the fullest, but she isn’t truly living. When Dru’s book sales decline, and it becomes clear that her predictable stories won’t cut it anymore, her agent encourages her to return home for some inspiration.


Perspective is a tricky thing, which this film addresses quite nicely. Dru thinks everyone back home is small-minded and misunderstands her. She takes on a personal challenge to change everyone through her writing, though it’s clear that it is Dru who needs a change. At first, she is contemptuous and uptight, but with a budding romance and obligatory dramatic conflict, she begins to come to terms with her own fears and in the process finally cranks out a story worth reading.


Although Christmas on the Coast has a lot of familiar plot-points (blocked writer, reluctant to return home, finds love on the beach), it still manages to become a refreshing and unconventional holiday film for a Christmas romance. The beach backdrop of St. Simons Island, Georgia, is a beautiful change of pace for a holiday film and lends itself nicely to creating the overall feel of the movie. The characters (although somewhat undeveloped) are easy to watch and easy to relate to. Brysen (Burgess Jenkins) and Dru’s relationship is believable and authentic; it never feels rushed or overly cheesy. Unlike most made-for-television romances, which create elaborate, unbelievable, sometimes inappropriate relationships with no consequences, their relationship is cute and thoughtful. This film is simple and sweet, and that’s exactly why it is so enjoyable.


Christmas on the Coast is a delightfully easy, unconventional but wholesome Christmas romance with a solid story—all you need to add is the hot cocoa. (Don’t forget the marshmallows!) We are pleased to award Christmas on the Coast the Dove Seal of Approval for All Ages.

For All Ages

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