The Twelve Days of Christmas Eve Release Date: 2004 Genre:Comedy | Drama | Fantasy Director(s): Martha Coolidge (Real Genius, The Prince & Me) Writer(s): J.B. White (Counterstrike, The Beast) Starring: Steven Weber, Molly Shannon Every year there are a couple new adaptations of “A Christmas Carol” for the world to see and immediately forget about. […]

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The Twelve Days of Christmas Eve
Release Date: 2004
Genre:Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
Director(s): Martha Coolidge (Real Genius, The Prince & Me)
Writer(s): J.B. White (Counterstrike, The Beast)
Starring: Steven Weber, Molly Shannon

Every year there are a couple new adaptations of “A Christmas Carol” for the world to see and immediately forget about. Last year marked the USA Network premiere of 12 Days of Christmas Eve, and like its predecessors, 12 Days was quickly forgotten about. That was until First Look saw some retail potential in the generic TV film. And while it may do well for the company financially, 12 Days is mostly creatively bankrupt. It’s a poor attempt at combining “A Christmas Carol” with the plot device made famous in Groundhog Day, which has the main character reliving a day so many times until he or she becomes a better person.

12 Days of Christmas’ main character is Calvin (Weber), a successful businessman who owns a large chain of dollar stores. There are plenty of people in his life, like his girlfriend, his ex-wife, his son, etc., but he’s still an incredibly selfish person. After blowing off his commitments to close a business deal with the woman who played Gob’s girlfriend Marta on the first season of “Arrested Development” (“Hey harmano”), Calvin gets killed in an accident later that night. He’s not exactly dead, though, as he wakes up in a dark hospital room with only Nurse Angie (Shannon) there to help him. Calvin’s apparently going to be given another shot, and will receive twelve do-overs of Christmas Eve. If he doesn’t completely change his ways, then he’ll actually die and presumably go to hell.

12 Days of Christmas Eve is so flat that it manages to take a surefire hilarity bringer of a character frequently getting killed and suck all the fun out of it. It gets mildly interesting every once and a while, but those moments come far between each other.

There are a ton of movies better than this out there.
DVD: Barebones.

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