I’ve been overdosing on Heartwarming Holiday Movies from the Hallmark Channel. In past years I’ve soaked in a few Lifetime movies, but I’ve decided that when it comes to Christmas Movies, Hallmark is Wendy’s and Lifetime is McDonald’s. Sure, they’re both the film equivalent of fast food, but one is a little bit more square and a little bit more made to order. Lifetime movies usually involve getting screwed over by one man and loved by another, whereas Hallmark films seem to be slightly less misandrous.
All that being said, I still have a few bones to pick with the latest Hallmark Movie “The Note“. While I realise it’s meant as a bit of Christmas Candy fluff, I nonetheless feel the need to let the writer know a few things:
- Do your research. Baptists don’t have bishops who reassign pastors to different churches. Neither do they “christen” babies. Baptist churches stand alone, and ministers are offered new pulpits when search committees visit them. Babies are “dedicated” in the Baptist church. (Note to Friday Night Lights: This applies to you, too. Baptists do NOT sprinkle-baptise their babies.)
- I realise you may be an older person out of touch with the lingo, but when talking about emails, people say “inbox”. I’m a dirty-minded gal, so I laughed out loud when Genie Francis said she had over 200 emails in her box. Must be mighty uncomfortable.
- Big TV & Movie Pet Peeve Alert. I absolutely cannot stand it when one character calls another on the phone and says “turn on the tv” only to have the person in question flip on their television to see the pertinent program. IN REAL LIFE THERE ARE AT MINIMUM 7 CHANNELS. That’s if you don’t have cable or satellite. Some people have 500 channels. How hard is it to have three extra words, ie. “turn on the tv to channel six”??? See how easy that was?
I know none of these are probably that big a deal in the grand scheme of things, but those touches are important to me as both a viewer and writer. When you don’t take the time to make your story realistic in those small details it makes me feel as though you don’t truly value the process.
Oh, and this is beside the point but man, Ted McGinley is not aging well.