5 Wonderfully, Terrible Holiday Rom-Coms

Hey, friends. I waited a full two days after Thanksgiving before I fired up the holiday romantic comedies. Talk about self-control, right? I could really watch them all year, but I try make this a holiday tradition. Here are the rules of holiday rom-coms:

  1. They shouldn’t be well-written.
  2. Holiday rom-coms should have plenty of plot holes or scenes/dialogue that aren’t logical.
  3. They should be cheesy enough that you roll your eyes, yet still swoon-worthy. See just about every Hallmark and Freeform (previously ABC Family) holiday rom-com ever made.

If you find yourself bored one evening and in search of a holiday rom-com to scoff and swoon at while sipping an adult hot chocolate, I’ve got you covered. Please note, classic holiday movies are not included on this list, but you should go watch Home Alone and Love, Actually before any of these movies. Or start with the bad ones below.

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As an added bonus I’m assigning an official Palmetto Peaches’ Gingerbread rating to each movie because I seriously think I’m Roger Ebert  in my head.

Gingerbread Man Rating
1 = Meh, not worth wasting 90 minutes

4 =So bad you can laugh at it ironically, but also wish some of this romance into your love life.

Spoiler alert: not one of these movies gets just one gingerbread man 🙂 

5 Wonderfully, Terrible Holiday Rom-Coms

A Christmas Prince (2017) – Netflix

Netflix watchers, you may have seen this pop up in the trending section. I had a 98% match to the movie because I obviously love a ridiculous holiday movie. In A Christmas Prince, we follow Amber, an editor who aspires to be a writer, as she is assigned to cover a press conference in the made up country of Aldovia. Uh, if you’re a fan of the rom-com genre you may have quickly recognized that sounds a quite similar to Genovia, a la The Princess Diaries. Actually, the movie straight up steals scenes from The Princess Diaries 2, but please refer to holiday rom-com rule #1. Anyways, Amber is supposed to find out what would happen if the future king, who is set to take the throne one year after his father’s death, decides not to accept his royal position. I mean I’m pretty sure you could Google succession plans, but please see rule #2. She ends up going undercover, and I bet you can guess,falling in love with the future king. I won’t spoil the ending, but seriously I’m proud of how much awful this movie is and can’t wait for the sequel. A Valentine’s Princess.

A Christmas Kiss (2011) – Netflix

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Wendy is an aspiring interior designer working as an assistant to the boss from Hades, Priscilla, who takes credit for all of Wendy’s work. Wendy shares a kiss with a handsome stranger, Adam. As an aside, Adam is played by my favorite alien – any Roswell fans – Brendan Fehr. Later on, Wendy finds out the stranger is her boss’s boyfriend, but he doesn’t recognize her without glitter on her face *rolls eyes*. Wendy and Adam work closely together decorating his home and of course Wendy falls in love with him.


12 Dates of Christmas (2011) – Netflix

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Kate (Amy Smart) gets set up on a blind date with  Zac Morris Miles (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) on Christmas Eve. She then finds away to ruin the date, but gets 12 chances to relive the date over again until she sets things right. Yup, it’s a Christmas ripoff of Groundhog Day. And I am here for it!

Wrapped Up In Christmas (2017) – Lifetime

This movie revolves around Heather (Tatyana Ali) who is the the manager of a large mall. She is basically ordered be a Grinch and cancel the leases of under-performing stores at the mall. Heather’s niece asks the mall Santa to help find a boyfriend for her aunt. Ryan (Brendan Fehr) is actually filling in for the mall Santa and uses this info to woo Heather. I won’t spoil the plot-twist, but I’ll just say nothing can be simple in a holiday rom-com.

Can we go ahead and crown Brendan Fehr as the new holiday rom-com leading man? I know, I know. That’s not a real thing. I just want to watch a bunch of these movies starring him. The acting in Wrapped Up In Christmas isn’t that bad, plus the movie also includes appearances by Jasmine Guy, Jackee Harry, and Joseph Marcell aka Geofrrey from The Fresh Prince.

The Spirit of Christmas (2015) – Lifetime

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An attorney Kate (played by my favorite Days of Our Lives actress Jen Lilley) falls in love with a ghost, Daniel, when she travels to Vermont over the holidays to sell an inn. And the ghost is super hot, y’all. Just look at him! He’s also kind of an asshole, but you know maybe I’d have an attitude too, if I were a ghost trapped in an inn and “forced” into human form for only 12 days a year. Daniel doesn’t remember how he died and Kate, once she decides she believes in ghosts, decides to help him. Of course, they fall in love.

Do you have any cheesy holiday rom-coms you recommend? Leave a comment below and your own personal gingerbread man rating. 

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A ’90s Kid’s Guide to the Best Disney Channel Original Movies

I am a ’90s kid.

I’m talking Oregon Trail (like the one that needed a floppy disk), Dunkaroos, VHS tapes, Tamagotchis, Nanopets, All That!, and dial-up internet. Most importantly, I grew up in a time when Disney released amazing original movies once a month. So today I’m taking you through some of the best Disney Channel Original Movies from the perspective of a ’90s kid.

As much as I love Zac Efron, there will be no High School Musical (1,2 or 3) on this list. Sorry, but they don’t make the cut.

As I was putting this list together, I realized how many actors and actresses got started with Disney Channel Original Movies. To name a few: Paul Walker, America Ferrera, and Katherine Heigl. Thank you Disney, for finding this talent. So let’s get started with a little trip back to 1995…


Disney Channel Original Movies


  • Escape to Witch Mountain –  While I do like this movie (and how cute is baby Erik von Detten), it this isn’t one of my all-time favorite Disney Channel Movies. A few years ago it was on and I realized that Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men) was the little girl in this…who knew?

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  • Wish Upon a Star –  So before she was cutting Denny’s l-vat wire or trying on 27 Dresses Katherine Heigl got her start in Disney movies.  She plays Alexia Wheaton, a popular Queen Bee who wakes up to find she’s switched bodies with her nerdy younger sister. Yup, it’s basically a complete rip off of Freaky Friday, but I loveeeed this movie.

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  • Susie Q – Say hello to Amy Jo Johnson, you know the Pink Ranger from the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.  In this movie, she plays a teen who dies on the way to Winter Formal back in the 1950s. She ends up coming back to her old house about 40 years later and the only person who can see her is Zach, who currently lives in the house.
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  • The Paper Brigade – The movie was about a group of paperboys out for revenge against bullies- how could you not love it?! I wanted to be a papergirl for all of like five seconds after just about every time I watched this movie. In my opinion, Crazy Man Cooper was probably the best character in the movie. Fun fact: Kyle Howard who played the main character of Gunther dated Laguna Beach/ The Hills star LC for a bit — so there’s that.


  • Brink! – That’s right another Erik Von Detten (EVD) movie. Side note: I sadly can’t find what he’s up to. His last credit on IMDB is Toy Story 3 (2010)—come back, EVD!  Anyways in Brink, we follow EVD and his Soul Skaters crew (hey, Taina!) through a rivalry with Val and the  X-Blades. He joins the X-Blades to raise money for his dad, but in the end rejoins the Soul Skaters and wins a big competition.
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  • Meet The Deedles – R.I.P. Paul Walker. Now to be clear this wasn’t a Disney Channel Original Movie – this was actually released in theaters. However, it bombed and I remember it constantly playing on Disney Channel after reruns of Bug Juice. Basically, these two “totally dude” surfers end up as Yellowstone Park Rangers and mayhem/stupidity ensues.


  • Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century – Zetus Lupetus! I’m not going to remind you of the plot, I’m just going to leave this wonderful clip here: Zoom zoom zoom, you make my heart go boom boom.

  • Smart House – Plot reminder: Ben wins a fully automated dream house in a competition, but the house, Pat, starts to develop a mind of its own. Did you know LeVar Burton — Reading Rainbow — directed this movie? Also, one more video clip, because I need someone to remember the boy band, 5ive.

  • Johnny Tsunami  – So what I remember about this movie is that Johnny is basically some sort of child surfing prodigy and his grandfather is a surging legend and hero. His dad on the other hand hates surfing and uproots the family to Vermont. Johnny befriends The Famous Jett Jackson, gets a crush on Zenon and ends up being amazeballs at snowboarding because apparently waves and snow are basically the same thing. Oh and these hats!!!!

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  • Up, Up, and Away  – Never have I ever loved Robert Townsend more in a role since The Five Heartbeats. To refresh your memory, the movie follows a little boy Scott whose parents, Bronze Eagle (Robert Townsend) and Warrior Woman are both superheroes. Sadly, he never developed his own superhuman abilities.

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  • The Color of Friendship – Man watching clips from this movie while writing this post brought on the feels. Disney got all the way real and openly discussed politics, diplomacy, apartheid, and racism. Check out the clip below:

  • Model Behavior – Back when Justin Timberlake still had ramen noodle hair, he launched his acting career with a this little gem. Why isn’t this movie on Netflix?

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  • Zenon the Zequel – Back in the day, when I still loved Raven-Symoné, I was livid that they switched she wasn’t in the movie playing Zenon’s trusty BFF, Nebula Wade. Now I don’t care as much, also I’m pretty sure I have all three movies on my DVR right now so guess what I’m doing this weekend. 🙂

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  • Motocrossed – In Case You Forgot:  After her twin brother breaks his leg, Andrea (Andi) secretly poses as him to win the big motocross race. This movie proved girls could do everything that boys can, hello feminist Disney! What I didn’t realize until now is that this movie was based on William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Which is probably why this movie and Ten Things I Hate About You speak to me. Or it could just be Riley Smith and Heath Ledger.

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  • Jett Jackson: The Movie- R.I.P. Lee Thompson Young. So the movie was essentially a bigger, cooler (and longer) episode of the TV show, but I loved it so it makes the list.

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  • Gotta Kick it Up!  – How many of you know the phrase Si, se puede because of this movie? Also, look at baby America Ferrera. Anyways, as a dancer, I loved any movie about dance, but this happened to be based on a true story so more points for Disney.

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Honorary Mention

  • Cadet Kelly
  • Halloweentown
  • Phantom of the Megaplex
  • Under Wraps

 What movies are missing from this list? Let me know in the comments below!

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