Hallmark movies are a ho ho no

Repetitive storylines and poor representation don’t reflect the holiday spirit

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Hannah Nieman, Staff Reporter

While many consider Hallmark movies to be a holiday staple, I believe they are quite the opposite. Hallmark tries their best to paint a pretty picture full of holiday cheer, however, they only really entertain a specific target audience.

Hallmark’s representation is lacking at best and horrifying at worst. Their casts comprise mostly white people, and every so often a token person of color is tossed in there; though usually, this person will play a very minor role constructed around racial stereotypes. Another group lacking in representation in Hallmark movies are LGBTQ+ roles; such characters do not appear at all in the world of Hallmark.

On the other hand, one thing that Hallmark does portray well are different family dynamics; single mothers appear a lot throughout Hallmark movies (single fathers not so much), showing that not every family fits the societal norm.

Still, the holidays are not an event saved for only straight, white, cis-gendered people. People of all races, ethnicities, gender, family dynamics, and sexual orientation celebrate the holidays as well and this should be shown in more holiday movies.

Besides all their casts being so straight and white that you can barely tell one movie from another, the storylines are also so repetitive they are nauseating. Hallmark overuses tropes and storylines so much that the movies become predictable and boring.

In fact, most of their movies roughly echo the following plotline: city-dwelling and hardworking woman meets small town easy-going man. She immediately despises him for unknown reasons before slowly warming up to him. Through the courtship, she learns how to relax and the two fall in love. But wait, there’s more! The Hallmark plot twist: the man does something jerk-ish and the woman subsequently runs off back to the city and to her job. The man realizes that what he did was wrong and that he loves her too much to just let her go. He drives his beat-up truck to the big city and chases her down. There,hallm he apologizes and declares his love. He then reveals that he actually next in line to be Santa and he was crumbling under the pressure all along. The woman accepts his apology and they live happily ever after. Of course, there’s a flash-forward to the future where they get married during a gentle snowstorm. They go on to have several blonde children and the woman quits her high-paying city job to be a stay-at-home mom.

Overall, Hallmark movies are extremely predictable and dull and their characters only represent a narrow view of the population that celebrates Christmas. So to conclude, Hallmark movies suck.