Lindsay Lohan’s “Falling for Christmas” isn’t what you expected it to be, it’s so much more


Imagine, for a moment, a lush, snowy mountain landscape.

As you watch it, dreamy music plays (by who knows where, but never mind) and you feel like you’re descending into a magical land, one where actress Lindsay Lohan is actively working again as “The Parent Trap.” ” the gods intended, the turbulent years seem like they never passed and the world is exactly as it should be.

This is not heaven, my friends. It’s Netflix’s Falling for Christmas.

What we need to know about Sierra Belmont’s (Lohan) life is perfectly summed up in the opening scene of “Falling for Christmas,” when her “glam squad” arrives at her hotel room to do something they don’t it’s immediately obvious in her already perfect curls and watermelon-tinted lips.

Never mind that she #wokeuplikethis, Sierra’s life is all about mindless excess: more of the things you don’t need in life, but none of the things you actually do, like interactions with people who wear things like flannel print.

Her father (Jack Wagner) owns a luxury hotel of the same name and has brought Sierra to the property to integrate her into the family business as vice president of atmosphere, a title she acknowledges is as real as snow. of the film.

Bacon-hating Sierra soon finds herself atop a mountain with her influential boyfriend Tad (George Young), who proposes with a ring that’s quadruple the size of a person’s “sorry” diamond normal But before they can get back on their snowmobile, the weather takes a quick turn for the storm and Sierra and Tad are thrown from opposite sides of the snowy apex where their dreams were about to come true.

Aliana Lohan, Lindsay Lohan and Chase Ramsey

Tad arrives and makes it his mission to return to the city, eventually meeting a grizzled guide along the way.

Sierra wakes up in a hospital, rescued by a struggling bed and breakfast owner, played by “Glee” alum Chord Overstreet, who in this role shows he’s now old enough to grow a beard single parent

The hospital, to say nothing of its inferior rural health care, releases Sierra, now a nameless amnesiac, to local father Jake, who takes her in and teaches her the ways of the lower middle class. It’s like “Overboard” except with a single motherless boy and a more Christmassy town.

You don’t need a crystal ball for the rest, nor should anyone have the deliciously cheesy, bacony redemption that follows.

Suffice it to say that the spirit of the holidays works on pampered heiresses as well as on bad families and mountain dwellers, so much so that no one seems to recognize the face of one of the wealthiest people of your region. But who cares?

“Falling for Christmas” is much bigger than its crater holes. It’s a cheerful reminder that you don’t have to lose your memory to remember how precious new beginnings are.

Lohan’s return to the spotlight in support of the film’s release has been celebrated, and rightfully so. She faced a lot of criticism in the years leading up to her retirement from celebrity life, and as so many women who have been unfairly treated in the media have been doing, she is reclaiming the narrative, both in public and on screen.

Here, Lohan wears Sierra’s privilege with the same sass she wore a miniskirt on “Mean Girls.” Smile at the family mischief that made you want to be best friends with Annie and Hallie in “The Parent Trap.” And damn, if he can’t still cook teary eyes with surprising efficiency. It’s the formula that’s worked for Lohan since the beginning, and it works for Hallmark-type holiday movies so efficiently that it’s become a celebrated genre.

Some actors film for the Oscars, and that’s great. Lohan’s magical power has always been bringing to life films that simply aim to be unchallenging delights. If for that and that alone, “Fall for Christmas” is a gift.

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