Watching Christmas Hallmark movies is one of my Life’s Simple Pleasures during the holidays. Now if someone were to ask me, if I ever grow tired of watching girl after girl leaving some big city and falling in love with the same type of old country boy on a farm, I’d have to say not yet. There’s something oddly comforting about the familiarity and predictability of these movies. No drama, no surprises, no promiscuity, no profanity, just some good ole wholesome feel-good fun. Now besides the fact that there’s always a successful woman with a current love interest returning home to the country due to some life changing event, and her always ending up with the “right” guy who is never her original guy, one other thing is very predictable. Every self-appointed Hallmark movie fan knows not to expect an inch of intimacy before the romantic kiss at the very end. Occasionally there is a tease of a premature kiss, but you can always count on it being interrupted. Now I guess this makes perfect sense since “hallmark” does signify purity and genuineness, but I must say I’m a bit surprised, impressed even, that in a world that thrives on sex, Hallmark has managed, to this day, to resist the temptation of a second kiss.
I must mention that even though predictable something has changed. There was a time, not so long ago, when “people of color” had very few starring roles in Hallmark movies. No, we weren’t totally absent, just doomed to play the best friend, the store owner, the coworker, you get my drift, “always the bridesmaid but never the bride” literally. But I’d dare say lately there has been more leading roles featuring people of all ethnicities and walks of life, as it should be. Hopefully this will continue and someday lead us out to worlds and themes yet unexplored in these movies. Still, I hope the basic plots remain the same, girl meeting boy, falling in love, and living happily ever after. Predictable and uncomplicated just the way I like it.
P.S. if Hallmark movies are not for you, Tyler Perry and Ava DuVernay have some good ones for you too!