The Trouble with Mistletoe
Stars: Rachel Melvin and Thomas Beaudoin
Director: Ashley Avis
Based on the Novel by Jill Shalvis
Released December 15, 2017
Produced by Passionflix
Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks in with a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat, for his great-aunt’s feline from hell. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn’t remember breaking her heart in high school. The animal magnetism between them is strong — but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It’s time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish — and let the mistletoe do its work.
I’ve been eagerly looking forward to seeing Passionflix’s first holiday movie, The Trouble with Mistletoe. Based on the novel by Jill Shalvis, it follows the story of pet shop owner Willa and real estate developer Keane. I have a separate review for the book, so I’ll be focusing on the adaptation for this review.
I loved the movie! It captured the spirit of the book and really brought many of its characters to life. Due to time constraints, not everything from the book could be included, however. There are a few subplots that are noticeably absent from the film, but the story still works without them. Also, something that stood out to me in the book is the fun ensemble of friends surrounding Willa. In the film, some supporting characters are missing and Willa’s crew consists mainly of her employee, Rory, and friends Elle, Archer, and Spence.
As for casting, Rachel Melvin and Thomas Beaudoin are perfect as Willa and Keane. I’d say the quality of acting in this movie is the best of the three original Passionflix movies we have to date. Melvin and Beaudoin really appear to be having fun together and they have great chemistry on screen. And for me, Beaudoin is the embodiment of a Jill Shalvis hero. A+ to the casting department.
Additionally, the film stays true to the book with its super cute and humorous moments involving the animals at Willa’s pet shop—especially Petunia (aka Pita), Keane’s great-aunt’s cantankerous cat.
On the Passionflix BON (Barometer of Naughtiness) scale, this movie is a 3, which I found somewhat accurate. There are a few sex scenes, but nothing is overtly graphic, although there is a brief shot of nudity in one scene (hurray for male butts, hallelujah amen). I found the love scenes quite sexy and personally would rate them a 4 on the BON because I found them steamy and just right.
The movie even made me cry! There are several heartfelt moments, but one in particular with an older couple in Willa’s shop. Although they’re only onscreen briefly, there was just something about that scene that struck me deeply.
Like Shalvis’s books, the adaptation of The Trouble with Mistletoe is a combination of humor, emotion, and sexy times. The film has a small-town vibe to it (even though the story is set in San Francisco), giving it that cozy holiday movie feel. I definitely see myself rewatching this throughout the holiday season and am really pleased with the great job that the team at Passionflix has done.
Rating: 5 stars