Just in time for the holiday season comes a heartwarming film about loss, family and love, called My Dad’s Christmas Date.
My Dad’s Christmas Date is now playing in select theaters and On Demand.
The film stars Jeremy Piven, Olivia Mai Barrett, Hadar Cats, Megan Brown Martinez, Roger Aston-Griffiths, Nathalie Cox, and Joely Richardson.
It’s Christmas time the quaint, picturesque town of York, in the United Kingdom. York is where ex-Pat David (Piven) and his 16 year old daughter, Jules (Barrett) live.
Two years prior, David’s wife (and Jules’ mother) passed away. Since then, life just hasn’t been the same.
David struggles from loneliness and constantly thinking and dreaming about his beloved wife. Jules on the other hand pretends that everything is OK, but deep down inside, it’s not.
Jules is going through typical teenage angst, and it’s bothersome to David. He doesn’t know how to parent a rebellious teen. He often turns to his ex-girlfriend, and best friend, for advice.
One day one of Jules’ friends came up with the idea of finding her dad a date. Maybe if he wasn’t so lonely, and if he had something to do with his time aside from work and hanging out with Jules, he would get off her back. Initially, Jules rejected the idea, but after a while she felt that perhaps her best friend was on to something.
Jules proceeds to set up profiles on several dating sites as her father, in hopes of finding him someone so he won’t be so sad and lonely.
In the meantime, Jules is dealing with her first boyfriend and all the ups and downs that is involved with that.
Will Jules ever find her dad someone he can date and form a relationship with? Will Jules and David ever see “eye to eye” on things? Most importantly, will David and Jules ever get over the loss of their wife/mom and find a way to move on… together? To find out, watch My Dad’s Christmas Date. Look for it at select theaters or On Demand.
I initially thought this was going to be a Hallmark-like movie. It did have the makings of this type of movie, but there is some mild cursing in this film (something that you would never hear on a Hallmark movie). Hallmark movies also give you the “warm fuzzies,” where as this movie tugged at your heart strings.
My husband watched this movie with me. He said it was “so depressing.” I don’t think it was THAT depressing, but it was very sad in many spots (not bring-the-tissues sad).
I liked Jeremy Piven in this film. He was very convincing in the emotions he was trying to play whether it was down and lonely to cheerful and silly. He also came across as a stressed out dad at a loss as to how to parent his teen daughter on his own, while grieving the loss of the love of his life, his wife.
Jules (Barrett) gets the most screen time. She does come across as a very bratty teenager at times. As the mom of two young adults (twenty somethings), I can relate to how bratty teenagers can be.
I don’t understand why the film was shot in the United Kingdom. The film also doesn’t say why David was living and working in the U.K and not in the United States (unless I missed that explanation in the film). I wish the film gave the viewer more of a backstory.
The town they lived in, York, was the quintessential holiday village, complete with people dressed like Ebenezer Scrooge and merriment in the street. Personally, I would LOVE to live in a village like that. It looks wonderful.
Overall I did enjoy the film. It’s not your typical holiday film. It does occur around Christmas, and Jules wants her father to have a date for Christmas, but I wouldn’t necessarily say this is a holiday film. You could easily watch this film year round.
Below is the film’s trailer for your enjoyment.
*I received a free screener in order to review this film. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.