Hallmark Channel Movie Preview: Fir Crazy [VIDEOS and PHOTOS]
[Warning: General plot spoilers.]
Hallmark Channel rolls out another debut tonight with Fir Crazy, a thoroughly enjoyable family film about a young woman who learns to appreciate the holiday season when circumstances force her to work at her family’s Manhattan tree lot in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
Elise MacReynolds spent every holiday season of her childhood confined to tree lot in Manhattan and sleeping in the family’s Airstream while they earned the money to float their tree farm for the year. Now a successful marketing executive, she’s put all that behind her and although she’s still close to her folks, she hasn’t returned home in a while.
When Elise’s promotion turns into a pink slip and her dad has an accident at home, her mom asks her to step in for the season and hold the fort so the tree lot can continue. Her BFF tells her family is family so Elise agrees to do it, and alongside her cousin Shane, and after a few missteps, she embraces the season and dives in.
She meets a handsome customer who keeps buying trees while trying to strike up a conversation with her, and earns the ire of the new owner of the store whose sidewalk the tree lot has called home for years. She has to put her marketing savvy to work sell some trees, get the guy, and appease a less-than-willing new landlord.
It’s a sweet and easygoing two hours and Sarah Lancaster is light and breezy as Elise, playing a woman who finally figures out it’s so much easier to enjoy everything about the holiday season instead of flailing against it, and that her childhood wasn’t as terrible as she remembered. Eric Johnson took a break from Rookie Blue to plays Darren, Elise’s would-be suitor, and it’s nice to see him play a straight-up-the-middle good guy. Greg Calderone is Elise’s cousin, Shane, Lost Girl‘s Inga Cadranel is Elise’s BFF, and Whose Line Is It Anyway‘s Colin Mochrie plays against type as Gary, the store owner Elise has to win over.
Fir Crazy premieres tonight on Hallmark Channel at 8/7c and repeats throughout the season. Here’s a sneak peek:
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