Emma Lazarczyk

For or Against Hallmark Movies?

January 8, 2021


Isabella Guadamuz

Senior Isabella Guadamuz shares her love for Hallmark movies during the holiday season.

Hallmark movies spread holiday cheer

For many people, the Christmas season is one filled with joy, love and appreciation for the loved ones in our lives. Personally, I find that Hallmark movies are a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season. Watching Hallmark movies can be a wonderful way to bond with family members and friends.
The plus side is that each movie is relatively short and can be watched on a weeknight or a weekend if time permits. The average running time of each movie is about an hour and a half. I appreciate how easy they are to follow because it allows for other activities to take place during the movie like decorating or baking.
Speaking from personal experience, Hallmark movies have taught me lessons that are applicable to my everyday life and they’re also humorous. My family loves laughing at the hidden jokes and cheesy one liners, and I enjoy learning different lessons such as love, respect and self realization. Usually after watching these movies, I tend to think more about my actions towards others, and I become more thoughtful.
After years of watching Hallmark movies, I have been inspired to do good for those around me, and to share my feelings with others. These movies have taught me that expressing love and appreciation for others is important, especially during Christmas. Watching actors profess their love for one another can be all the motivation one needs this holiday season to share feelings of admiration with friends and family.
While many people may argue these movies are “cheesy” and too “romanticized,” Hallmark movies remain one of the most popular during the Christmas season. The point of these movies is to entertain, not to be completely realistic of what relationships should look like.
Fair warning to anyone interested in watching a Hallmark movie — they are extremely cheesy and predictable. However, making predictions is another fun aspect of these movies.
Hallmark movies are part of many family traditions. The holiday season marks a turning point in the year where many people feel compelled to do better, and to be better in their personal lives. I feel that after watching a marathon of movies about love, that I want to be as loving as I possibly can. I highly recommend watching one if you haven’t already.
You never know, you might end up loving them as much as Christmas.

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Emma Lazarczyk

Sophomore Emma Lazarczyk shares her views on the overhype of Hallmark movies.

Hallmark movies are overrated

It’s that time of year. Christmas music playing, neighbors stringing lights on rooftops, Christmas trees filled with childhood ornaments and a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter night. These are the best things about the Christmas season. Notice how I didn’t mention Hallmark movies?
Hallmark movies do not even compare to all the other amazing aspects of Christmas time. A young woman overflowed with hardship finds out she has a deadly disease when she meets her “Prince Charming”— a cute, young doctor who she falls in love with. After three weeks, they get married and live happily ever after.
The same story over and over again.
Hallmark Christmas movies are overhyped. Every year, Hallmark spends thousands of dollars creating the exact same movie they did the previous year, but with different actors. All these productions have the same, unrealistic love story plot.
Don’t get me wrong, I do love Christmas movies. “The Grinch,” “Elf” and “Home Alone” are a few of my favorites. These movies show what Christmas is all about, rather than the sappy, fairy-tale love story in Hallmark movies.
I do love a good love story, but Hallmark movies have the same repetitive, unrealistic plot every time.
I am not a grinch and I love the holidays, I just think that Hallmark movies have no place being a part of the joy-filled season.

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