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Catfish Christmas

USA 2022
produced by
Frank Merle, George Hartman (executive), Todd Clemens (executive), Clelia El Adl Clemens (executive) for Lone Morsel Productions
directed by Victoria Rowell
starring Leigh-Ann Rose, Ella Joyce, Devin Laster, Charlotte Evelyn Williams, Tony Todd, Eddie Phillips jr, Andrae Todd James Bicy, Anthony Riggins, Nick Scott, Ciarah Amaani, Cyndi Rose, Carter Husbands, Yancey Fuqua, Angelo Kern, Jon Kent Ethridge, Jonathan Leigh West, Vicky Ewing, Enré Laney, Grover McCants, Brianne Dolney, Parker Rose
written by Dara Frazer (= Dara Harper), music by Talip Peshkepia

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Ever since her ex (Yancey Fuqua) left her because he didn't want to risk his inheritance, Leslie (Leigh-Ann Rose) has put career before relationship, so much so that her parents (Tony Todd, Ella Joyce) have started to worry - so much so that when she comes home for Christmas this year they pretty much try to push nice neighbour boy and her best friend from high school Devin (Devin Laster) onto her. And it would be ideal as he's secretly in love with her anyways, and she does like Devin, just ... not like that. Leslie's sister Faith (Charlotte Evelyn Williams) has her own way of bringing sparks into her lovelife though, she creates a fake social media profile for real life football star Mike Avery (Anthony Riggins) and starts to chat with her - and she falls in love with (fake) Mike almost immediately. Thing is, Faith doesn't know how to stop what she has started, and so just has to tag along - and then Leslie asks for a date. Now fortunately Mike auctions off a date for charity, and Faith wins that auction for a horrendous amount of money, and when they do go out, Mike falls for Leslie a bit as well. Thing is, Leslie starts to notice the real Mike Avery isn't the man she has fallen in love with ...


Now I won't lie to you, this is a film that doesn't hold many surprises, and it's very easy to guess who Leslie eventually will end up with early on - but that doesn't mean Catfish Christmas hasn't got a charming way to tell its mostly formulaic story, as while the plot feels predictable, the characters feel real, there's little in terms of spectacle and much in terms of character development. And there are quite a few genuinely funny moments, too. And a subtle directorial effort and a grounded cast make this basically nice holiday entertainment.


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