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The Noel Diary (2022)

Drama / Romance | 99 minutes
2,70 95 votes

Genre: Drama / Romance

Duration: 99 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Charles Shyer

Stars: Justin Hartley, Barrett Doss and Essence Atkins

IMDb score: 6,1 (14.994)

Releasedate: 24 November 2022

The Noel Diary plot

Author Jake Turner returns to his childhood home for Christmas to settle the estate of his estranged mother. There he stumbles upon an old diary that may hold secrets about his own past and that of Rachel - an intriguing young woman who is searching for her birth mother. Jake and Rachel embark on a journey together to confront their past and discover a future that is totally unexpected. Will this old diary unlock their past and hearts?

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avatar van BBarbie

BBarbie

  • 11656 messages
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An early Christmas film with a bouquet series story that obediently checks off all the clichés. Not good as an innocent snack, but not bad either.

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mjk87

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Very mediocre movie. Mediocre acting, nice story but not very surprising and even in terms of Christmas atmosphere the film lacks something. The relationship between Jake and Rachel has been put down nicely at times, but now a few days after the film I already have no idea what I saw exactly. Nothing really stuck. 1.5*.

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Collins

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The Noel Diary is a Christmas movie that doesn't use a light-hearted rom-com screenplay. Or so it seems. In principle, the film deals with serious themes. The film tells of two traumatized people who have both been abandoned by their parents in some way. There is hope.

However, once the characters are adequately introduced, things go as usual. The story twists and turns to bring the two characters closer together. Immediately after the initial phase, the film already loses credibility because of this spasmodic construction and empathy becomes a difficult task. I could have known. Of course, the two protagonists look much too attractive to indulge in deep melancholy for a long film.

Actually, you shouldn't worry about that. You have to be above it. Incredible things happen in romantic Christmas films and a solid story and a solid coloring of the characters are not important. In such films, the charming dynamic between two characters, who like each other and have to overcome far-fetched hurdles to find love with each other, is much more important. Fair is fair. The love couple in The Noel Diary has an enjoyable dynamic.

Other than that there isn't much to it. The story is told rather unimaginatively. The clichés abound. All events are predictable and are of course under a kitschy layer that is obligatory to provide emotion. I couldn't get into the story. I'm probably just too cynical to be emotionally impressed by mere cheap sentiment and bliss.

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