The story of a couple disliking each other, while being secret pen pals, can only intrigue when the protagonists render it with subtle tones, balancing antagonism and growing attraction credibly. That requires an intelligent script and real chemistry between the actors. Remember the wonderful "The shop around the corner" of 1940? In this yarn, broadcast as "Secretly Santa", Miranda and Paul meet and fall for each other in a Cinderella-like scene. Disguised as Santas, they dance together, but loose track of one another. Next, they end up having to work together, perfecting a Christmas shopping app. They do not recognize and resent, though anonymously looking for and texting to, each other. Sounds cute, doesn't it? Unfortunately, Josipovic and Nelson are no Sullavan and Stewart and share but a limited dose of chemistry. What is worse, most of the show is done in overtones, with no finesse.
In the first scene, intended to describe the initial spark that generates a magical love story, Miranda and Paul act like a horny, inebriated couple out of "Sex and the City". Honestly, I barely overcame my impulse to switch channel. Happily, the show got a bit more watchable, thereafter. Yet, the producers must have sensed the simple interaction of the lead characters had no flavor. Hence, the show needed lots of distracting or disturbing actions to enhance drama. The insanity of Grant taking a momentary leave from loving his girlfriend to propose to Miranda is appalling. The mundane stupidity of the shopping app being developed reveals how base the insight into Christmas values runs at Lifetime. Let's rest here. The movie does not really deserve more attention. A possibly charming tale was turned into uneven pulp.
Miranda attends a Christmas party dressed up as Mrs. Claus and there she meets Paul dressed up as Mr. Claus. They have a great time together but unfortunately they part ways before they can reveal to the other who they really are. Both Miranda and Paul are app developers with competing apps to help people to find perfect presents to give away, although they have two very different ways to approach the solution. When they meet through their work, unaware that they've met before, they really dislikes each other. Things gets worse when their respective companies are bought by the same holding group and they suddenly are forced to work together against their will. At the same time both are trying to find out who Mrs. Claus and Mr. Claus were for real respectively.
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