The Lohan-aissance is officially upon us, complete with self-deprecating jokes and plenty of physical comedy. Welcome home, Lindsay.
In 2019, national treasure Jennifer Lopez played an Oscar-worthy role in the true crime drama “Hustlers” with an exotic dancer. In 2022, Lindsay Lohan achieved her career best work in recent years with the holiday romantic comedy “Falling for Christmas”.
As a lifelong Lohan fan whose childhood was marked by watching the two Lindsays in Parent Trap, my mom had to see Freaky Friday. to understand My plight, when I was 8 years old and dreamed of moving to New York, after binge-watching the DVD “Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen”, I wanted to believe in the Lohan-aissance. Like Santa Claus, the idea of returning icon Lindsay Lohan to the top of Hollywood seemed like a Christmas miracle. Well, “Falling for Christmas” proves that every Lohan fan’s holiday wish has come true.
“Falling for Christmas” has a simple enough plot: Lohan plays Sierra, a hotel heiress (think Paris Hilton meets Lohan Beach Club) with a heart of gold and a jewel-toned wardrobe. After a proposal from her influential boyfriend (George Young) leads to a potentially fatal skiing accident, an unconscious Sierra is rescued by local bed and breakfast owner and single father Jake (Chord Overstreet), whom Sierra has just rejected. mogul father (Jack Wagner) for a loan.
Sierra has amnesia, takes on the name Sarah, and bonds with Jack’s daughter (Olivia Perez) and sweet mother-in-law (Alejandra Flores) while reminding everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. It’s 1987’s “Overboard” without the questionable gender politics, and far better than the 2018 remake starring Anna Faris and Eva Longoria.
Lohan, who also executive produces the Netflix film under a multi-picture deal with the streamer, completely owns the film, with “High School Musical” alum Overstreet as a worthy adversary and generous scene partner. In the first minute of the film, Lohan as Sierra makes a slow entrance complete with an ideal après-ski outfit fit for an heiress. Sierra is the epitome of luxury and Lohan is the epitome of timelessness.
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The 30-something Sierra still calls her billionaire father Beauregard “Daddy” (less creepy than Ana de Armas purring the same in “Blonde”) and doesn’t know how to make the bed. She’s hoping to find her way outside of her last name’s legacy, rather than just taking on the fictional role of “Vice President of Atmosphere” at Belmont Lodge, and it’s easy to see the comparisons between Sierra’s snowy hotel and Lohan’s. the sandy resort of Mykonos. Sierra even sings on the radio with “Jingle Bell Rock” (a throwback to “Mean Girls”) when her boyfriend Tad calls her vocal chops “resin.” (Lohan released her version of the Christmas classic before the movie premiered.)
Lohan is perfectly fine making self-deprecating jokes about herself and looking silly while getting messy with physical comedy involving toilets, raccoons and the aforementioned skiing accident. Lohan shines in these moments, and the blooper reel in the closing credits shows that brilliance even extended to the set.
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There are Netflix nods, such as Sierra being awakened by a strong Scottish jig from the trailer for Brooke Shields’ 2021 holiday rom-com “A Castle for Christmas.” Let’s be clear: “Falling for Christmas” is a step above the Hallmark Christmas movie. But at the same time, it’s a Christmas gem on Netflix, with Overstreet and Wagner, and the wonderfully over-the-top Young and hearty Flores, matching Lohan’s compelling performance. As far as minor supporting roles go, the film is a bit weak and made for cable. But (soon) it’s Christmas and all is forgiven.
Why wouldn’t this small town know the famous daughter of the largest local employer and quickly realize that she is Sarah Sierra? Why shouldn’t there be more searches if Sierra has been missing for almost a week? Does not matter. Real. Because when Lohanova says, “What species breakfast?!” when you’re debating whether to leave the hospital with Jak and go to his weird North Star cabin, it’s all worth it. Lohan is the film’s Northerner, and we’ll follow her wherever she goes.
Is “Falling for Christmas” Lohan’s “Citizen Kane”? Well, with Sierra, the daughter of a widower grappling with her past, present, and future during the holidays, and plenty of sledding made possible by a botoxed surrogate Santa, it’s clear that this is Lohan’s best work in decades. Even Sierra has her garden navel, a Christmas snow globe to fall back on. The ending of “Falling for Christmas” is pure “It’s a Wonderful Life” and how wonderful that Lohan is back in Hollywood, just in time for the holidays.
“Falling for Christmas” begins streaming on Netflix on Thursday, November 10.