Tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern (7 p.m. Central), Hallmark’s latest Countdown to Christmas movie, Switched for Christmas, will premiere. It’s a story of what happens when estranged twin sisters decide to switch lives. And it stars Candace Cameron Bure starring as twins, so you know it will be great. (Plus Happy the Dog is starring too, so the movie’s guaranteed to be adorable.) After you read all about this movie and watch it, come back and share any comments or questions that you may have about the movie in our comments section below. Join in the discussion with other readers.
Quick review without spoilers: This movie was adorable! But of course, starring Candace Cameron Bure as twins, there was no way it couldn’t be. I got a little confused at times remembering who was who, because their hairstyles and voices were so similar. I loved how they had a very supportive dad and how the movie really played on the theme of the importance of sisterly love, not just romantic love. The two romantic connections were great too, and there wasn’t any overly exaggerated drama that just could not be believed. Might not rank as high as “Nine Lives of Christmas” for me, but still a really great movie you won’t want to miss.
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The synopsis reads:
Identical twins Kate and Chris Lockhart plot to be the other sister — at Kate’s office and Chris’ school – and take on planning their sister’s Christmas events. One rule, though: no romance. Chris as Kate is making her mark in the office, but co-worker Greg Turner grows curious about her sudden style. Kate as Chris, warming to her sudden family life, is introduced to a wealthy donor to help out the festival. Her jaw drops when she realizes that Tom Kinder is a teenage crush she met at that very festival 20 years ago. Can the sisters pull off their big events? And what about no romance? Will their little game of deceit take two hearts with it – Greg’s and Tom’s?
The movie stars Candace Cameron Bure as twins, Kate and Chris Lockhart. Bure is a mother of three, a wife, a New York Times bestselling author, and an actress. She’s best known for playing DJ on Full House and Fuller House. She’s also starred on Make It or Break It, Aurora Teagarden (which she also executive produced), Dancing with the Stars, and many Hallmark movies including Puppy Love, Moonlight & Mistletoe, Let It Snow, Finding Normal, The Heart of Christmas (for which she got an Emmy nomination), Christmas Detour, Christmas Under Wraps, and Journey Back to Christmas. She and her husband Val Bure (a former NFL star) have been happily married since 1996 and have three children: Natasha, Lev, and Maks.
Also starring in the movie is Eion Bailey as Tom, the wealthy donor. Eion won a Daytime Emmy for his role in the movie Life of the Party. He was a main character in Band of Brothers and is also well known for his role on ER. He’s also starring in The Last Tycoon on Amazon. Other appearances include Ray Donovan, Extortion, Fight Club, Almost Famous, Center Stage, Mindhunters, and And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself.
Mark Deklin stars as Greg, Kate’s co-worker. He’s most recently known for playing Jack Bowman on Designated Survivor. He’s also starred on Major Crimes, Grace & Frankie, Devious Maids, GCB, Hawaii Five-0, Lonestar, Hot in Cleveland, Better Off Ted, Riverworld, Desperate Housewives, Big Love, Nip/Tuck, The Ex List, Sex & the City, Herbie Fully Loaded, Tarzan, The Wish List, and more. He also has performed numerous times Off-Broadway, including Cyrano de Bergerac, Sweet Smell of Success, The Lion King, and more.
Cooper Johnson is starring as Gabe. Johnson is just 13 but already has many credits to his name, including My Broken Horse Christmas, The Christmas Project, Miracle Maker, Come Unto Me, A Christmas Dress for Ellen, Saturday’s Warrior, Singing with Angels, Just Let Go, The Christmas Dragon, Christmas Oranges, and more.
Natasha Bure, Candace’s daughter, is starring as Piper. The 19-year-old actress is also a singer, author, and YouTube personality. She was on Adam Levine’s team on The Voice and has performed on The View and other places.
Here are some more photos to get you in the holiday mood, all courtesy of Crown Media:
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