A young couple are at a train station, each headed to their own home for Christmas break, but in a comedic co-incidence, both decide to surprise each other and change their train and end up meeting the other’s family all alone. Things get weirder when they are stuck where they are due to heavy snow and discover they don’t know a lot about their partner.
Directed by Jim O’Hanlon, written by Tom Parry, the 2022 film ‘Your Christmas or Mine’ stars Asa Butterfield and Cora Kirk as leads James and Hayley respectively. First off, this isn’t a romance, sure there’s a couple at the center of the story, but it’s a comical drama about them spending the Christmas apart and learning things they kept hidden from each other. The plot execution however is more chaotic than comedic. The Kollywood flick ‘Love Today’ about two lovers swapping their phones for 24 hours was far more entertaining than this family swap story.
There are a lot of Christmas-y elements in the film, there’s plenty of snow, alcohol, desserts, yet it never quite exudes an uplifting festive spirit. The writing is too farcical, and while farces can be hilarious, that’s not the case with ‘Your Christmas of Mine’. One of the major conflict points in the story is about how neither James nor Hayley have informed their folks about who they are seeing. Now, it’s totally understandable for a couple that’s been dating only a few months to be discreet about their love life, but why they didn’t share that detail with each other was bizarre.
A: Hey, do your parents know about us?
B: Not yet.
It can be as simple as that. James and Hayley are still studying, it’s not like they are planning to marry each other. So, what’s the big deal? It’s 2022, not 1902. Sigh. Except for some sparse sweet moments, ‘Your Christmas or Mine’ was an annoying snooze-fest.
It’s a 4/10 from me. You can stream it on Amazon Prime Video.
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