The Holiday Calendar

Published December 21, 2019

The Holiday Calendar

Film info

  • Title The Holiday Calendar
  • Director Bradley Walsh
  • Year 2018
  • Run time 1hr 35m
  • Genres Comedy, Romance, Family
  • Tagline Will the magical calendar lead to love?

A talented photographer stuck in a dead-end job inherits an antique Advent calendar that may be predicting the future - and pointing her toward love.

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Time Comment
2:27 “It’s eighteen months of words, I’m looking at the photos, though.”
6:40 That is a very good tree they’ve put up there.
11:06 A year in advance is such a lot if you’re just one person trying to live the dream.
15:45 God, they are all in on Christmas if this is only the first day of advent.
17:54 I don’t think I can use a camera with gloves on.
21:16 “Clearly the calendar is magic.” Yay, he’s read the script.
28:09 Accomplice in tree-crime!
35:24 “I can’t have runaway candy cane injuries on my conscience.”
45:13 I did wonder how long this film was gonna be if we went through every single day.
47:39 Who has a date at 3pm?
54:56 “I need more than someone who just looks good on paper.”
58:26 The trouble is, all the still shots they show from her camera look terrible, like she’s not actually a good photographer.
1:01:29 They’ve just left the Mac in the middle of the street.
1:04:44 Yaas, she gonna watch Christmas Inheritance.
1:06:25 “You smell like Cheetos and sadness.”
1:19:59 Must be weird to be keen on the camera, most people I know hate it.
1:25:51 I guessed Josh, Mr C said Ty. Turns out it was Gramps.
1:26:31 Sneaky vs romantic is the new human vs dancer.


This film was entertaining enough and certainly fit the bill when it comes to cheesy Netflix Christmas rom-coms but it doesn’t really stand up to a lot of scrutiny. Firstly, the title calendar is barely featured in the second half of the movie. Secondly, I can’t help but think the story suffers from that Indiana Jones effect of everything happening anyway even if the calendar hadn’t have been there.

Plus, I get why she wanted to credit the calendar at the end but calling your photography studio The Magic Calendar is surely just misleading the public and you will forever get people coming in looking either for candles and magic stuff, or calendars. Weird.

Nice cast though, and they did a good job with a pretty poor story.

Rating: 2 / 5

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