Despite the clever title, "Eve's Christmas" turned into a piece of fluff. The film struggles to make the case that "you can always wish upon the Christmas star" to redo your life through time-travel, fixing your biggest mistake in order to find true happiness.
At the start of the film, Eve is a successful Madison Avenue ad executive, but she has hit rock bottom in her personal life. Her affair with her married boss has not materialized for the Christmas holidays, and so, Eve gets filthy drunk. In her stupor, she encounters a kind vagrant who guides her to her magic star where she can make a wish that will give her a second chance in life and marry her true love Scott, the owner of a floundering book store about to go bankrupt in Eastborough, Oregon.
A rugged mountain climber in her youth, Eve now seeks to scale the heights of traveling back in time to revisit the past like Scrooge. At the local bar called Winky's, Eve will re-connect with Scott where they will reminisce about the fateful moment when he spilled pudding on Eve when he was jostled during a bus ride. They were about to be married until Eve wrote Scott a "Dear John" letter as they were approaching the altar. Now, Eve will try to make the most of her second chance.
There was a lot of padding in this film to round out the story through a silly subplot about the eccentric fashion designer Dominique. It appears as though Eve rejects all of Dominique's ideas for a wedding gown, opting for something simple. Eve will then be brought to the altar on a romantic rowboat!
The best character in the film was Mr. Destiny, the sly vagrant whose limited number of appearances served as the catalyst for Eve to change her life. There should have been more of Mr. Destiny and less of Eve back-reading her knowledge of the internet to boost sales of the Eastborough book store and her mom's antique business. And it was never made clear whether or not Scott and Eve made many big, big babies.
Comedy / Family / Fantasy / Romance
Comedy / Family / Fantasy / Romance
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It's Christmas Eve, 2004. Eve Simon is a wealthy and successful advertising executive with Bernstein & Barlow on Madison Avenue, but her personal life is less than satisfying. Beyond her assistant Mandy who has been her best friend since grammar school, her married boss and lover, Neil Barlow, is the only other significant person in her personal life. She has not been home to Eastborough, Oregon since she left eight years ago, and rarely speaks to her loving and supportive family there. When Neil tells Eve that he will be spending Christmas with his wife and kids instead of her as was originally planned leaving her alone for Christmas, Eve reflects on her life, most specifically the decision she made eight years ago not to marry her then fiancé and love, Scott Gustafson, who she has not seen or heard of since, but rather accept the internship with Bernstein & Barlow that began the day after Christmas. Christmas was to be the day of her wedding. That decision not to get married was in part because she, despite loving Scott, knew that he would always feel obligated to take over the failing family business, a bookstore, in Eastborough rather than follow her to New York. Making a wish on a Christmas star before she goes to sleep, Eve awakens the next morning transported back in time and place with all the knowledge of her present life to December 19, 1996 in Eastborough, still living at home and preparing for her wedding to Scott. Her sarcastic guardian angel, Brother James, arranged this miracle for her, and is urging her to make what he considers the right decision to marry Scott this second time around. But Eve may fall into the same traps she did the first time around, despite knowing that Neil hired her more for the photograph attached to her resume than for anything else included within it. Regardless of what does happen this second time around, there is no guarantee that it will change her life in 2004.
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