The holiday’s are right around the corner, which mean’s that we will be getting many new Christmas themed movies along with it! Netflix’s latest holiday film “Christmas With You” stars Lucifer alumni’ Aimee Garcia, who plays a burnt out pop star called Angelina, who’s just looking for inspiration to keep her going through a rough patch in her career. She ends up crossing paths with a music teacher(played by Freddie Prinze Jr.) , who is the father of one of her young fans to which Angelina is trying to grant a wish for. What we get next is a wonderfully warm film about love, grief, family, and togetherness that will surely get anyone in the holiday spirit.
What I love most about this film is how simple and effective the story is. If you’ve seen lots of rom-com/holiday films before, then you know what to expect with this one. For me personally, I love seeing holiday themed romance films, so of course, something like “Christmas With You” hits the spot! It’s an incredibly cute story that focuses on a pop singer called Angelina, who finds herself losing inspiration from a constantly changing music industry. Angelina is struggling to keep up with the younger competition, so one night, she turns to her fans for some outlook and starts looking at some videos they have sent to her online. She stumbles across a touching video one of her young fan’s sent her called Cristina (played by Deja Monique Cruz), in which she talks about how deeply and personal one of her hit songs has been in her life especially after the passing of her mother. Cristina also shares in the video that she is soon turning 15 and will be celebrating her quinceañera (latin equivalent of a sweet 16), and that she wishes to meet her idol in real life so that she can tell her how much her music means to her in person. Completely touched by her story, Angelina decides on a limb, that she will grant Cristina her wish. Angelina ends up meeting Cristina and her family who welcomes her with open arms into their family as they are getting ready and preparing for Cristina’s special day. Angelina also meets Cristina’s father(played by the charming Freddie Prinze Jr,) and well, I think you know what happens next.
One of my favorite things about this story is that it is centered around a Latin family, and being Latin myself, it made me so happy to see. I like and appreciate that their culture was infused with the story as well as their holiday customs. It’s a different take on familiar holiday stories that will bring a smile to anyone who watches. Also the music! Very catchy, and really quite nice. Aimee Garcia does a wonderful job playing the role of a pop star. Freddie is very charming as her love interest and you can’t help but get swept up by how wonderful and lovely his character is. In the end, the story explores many themes, including grief, happiness, and family, that I’m sure everyone can relate to, especially now that we’re heading into the holidays.
If you want something very easy going to watch before we get swept up by the craziness of the holidays, then I recommend you watch “Christmas With You.” You’ll feel cheery seeing all the wonderful themes, catchy songs, and Christmas decorations, and hey, who doesn’t like a nice romantic movie from time to time?
‘Christmas With You’ is now streaming on Netflix.