I will always prioritize movies which star Steve Lund, so I gave this a chance. Also, I wanted to exorcise the memory of the horror that was his other 2022 Christmas Movie in which Steve was dumped by the widow that wasn't.
I liked the concept of the movie and our heroine Steph's personal Christmas project, Six Degrees of Santa. Its kind of a Christmas gift chain letter. Santa#1 buys a gift that is meaningful to them and gives it anonymously to a stranger or a friend who in turn does the same. The sixth recipient gets to keep it. Steph's own Santa#1 gift eventually reaches a tech mogul she despises. But he is touched by the gift which is a book that meant a lot to him as a child. He reaches out to Steph, who is easy to find because her project has gone viral with people all over the world. He wants to find the person who bought the gift originally, thinking that they will have a real connection because of the book they have in common. Steph wants nothing to do with him so she lies and tells him the original buyer was her next door neighbor.
I loved Steve Lund in this, but didn't care for the actress who played Steph, or her character. Firstly, the choice of cosmetics for this movie did not suit her looks. I read her bio, and Kathryn appears to be a beautiful and multi talented performer. I liked her in another movie, but just didn't care for her or her character in this one. Her delivery seemed anxious, tense, and high-strung. She talked in a too fast staccato manner. As for her character, Steph's whole relationship with Steve was based on a lie. She started to fall for him and see his true self underneath the surface, but wouldn't tell him the truth. That premise for a plot is boring and is used far too often. Plus, her character is not too bright about how to make the most of her idea. She was blind and stubborn until the very end. Her mother accuses her of not being able to see the forest for the trees and she was absolutely right. It was too frustrating.
Six Degrees of Santa
Comedy / Romance
Six Degrees of Santa
Comedy / Romance
Divorced with a preteen daughter, Harper McNevin works in the family's New York City retail store, McNevin's, which sells paper goods, this job after working unhappily in the tech sector in Silicon Valley for tech giant Jason Sparks whose ethos she despises. Jason, currently working out of his New York office, has launched his latest project, a mail order, genetically perfect Christmas tree service, after its launch which he will take a hiatus from work to focus on finding himself. This Christmas season will be the third that Harper will have led her pet project, Six Degrees of Santa. With a modest online presence, the project provides solely the inspiration and the recognizable gift boxes, the rest done by the legions of Secret Santas who use the boxes to send a gift of some meaning to whomever, from a best friend to a total stranger, that person keeping that gift for a couple of days before becoming its second Secret Santa to move that gift along, and so on, with the sixth receiver of that gift to be its owner, with he/she not necessarily knowing anything about the five previous givers of the gift. Harper hopes to bring some human connection important at Christmas through this project. The sixth recipient of one of Six Degrees of Santa gifts is Jason, the gift an out of print children's book, Northbound Elf, with an inscription by its Santa #1 writing about how much the book meant to her as a child and how it has shaped her life, feelings mirrored by Jason who believes Santa #1 may be his soulmate who he is determined to locate. Jason is able to locate Harper, after a recent antagonistic encounter with her and discovering that she is an ex-employee of his, for her to help him find that Santa #1. She eventually agrees on his proposal that he in return help expand the online reach of McNevin's which may close unless business picks up. The problem for Harper in agreeing to this proposal is that she is said Santa #1 who has no interest in having a personal relationship with Jason as he envisions. As such, she enlists one of her neighbors, social media influencer Zoe who is all about promoting herself, to be Santa #1, Zoe, with Harper's blessing, who sees a business benefit in a relationship with Jason but not a long term personal one. The problems become that Zoe does end up falling for Jason despite there really being no human connection between them stemming from the book, and that Harper too sees a different, more human side to Jason in spending time together, the longer she waits to come clean that she is really Santa #1 the less palatable the information will be to Jason. Harper and Jason forming a long term bond is further threatened by Jason's initial implication that he could hijack non-copyrighted Six Degrees of Santa to make it into more of a business.
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