by Victoria Rowell Catfish Christmas proves that there is no better holiday for romance than Christmas (I know…Valentine’s Day is the correct answer, work with me).

After allegations of being a gold digger, once again single Leslie (Leigh-Ann Rose) would much rather bury herself in spreadsheets than come home for Christmas. However, the family calls and Leslie tries hard not to answer the “see anyone?” about her questions about her about her parents (Ella Joyce and Tony Todd), her sister Faith (Charlotte Evelyn Williams) and everyone else in town. Stops by for dinner by Leslie’s old friend and professional mixologist, Devin (Devin Laster), who may or may not have had a crush on Faith and is also newly single. But obviously, now there is no attraction.

Hoping to spice up single Leslie’s Christmas, Faith decides to find her a boyfriend in local pro footballer Mike Avery (Anthony Riggins). Since Faith doesn’t actually know Mike, she creates a fake online profile and sends Leslie a friend request. As the film’s title suggests, Faith is fishing for her sister…but for the right reasons, so what could possibly go wrong? Not sure if the friend request is real, suspicious Leslie asks Devin to investigate, but the results are inconclusive.

As she begins to warm up to Mike/Faith over chat, Leslie insists on talking to Mike on the phone. Using an app that changes her voice, Faith is able to fool her sister and Leslie falls in love with “Mike” because she can talk to him as easily as her sister. Taking that first step toward falling in love, Leslie insists that she and Mike meet for a real date. How will Faith make it through?

“Faith is fishing for his sister…but for the right reasons, so what could possibly go wrong?”

Catfish Christmas falls right into the family vacation rate you find on the Distinctive channel. If that’s your jam, you’ll enjoy it. But unfortunately, Catfish Christmas it doesn’t exactly elevate the genre to a level that could reach a wider audience… nor does it need to. As true romantics say…it is what it is.

What Catfish Christmas It’s Going Well are two wonderful performances from its star Leigh-Ann Rose as Leslie and her friend-zone crush Devin Laster as Devin. Rose is very nice and easy to fall in love with. I also love that they portray their down-to-earth characters as singles meandering through the holidays, looking for more than just holiday cheer.

Also let me add the “Mike” storyline to Santa’s Nice list. Story writer Harper finds a clever way to pull Faith out of the corner she’s gotten herself into as she creates the perfect love triangle, virtual or real… no spoilers. The way Mike acts is just perfect for this story.

Let’s face it. Romantic comedies, especially Christmas ones, aren’t exactly Shakespeare. Not to spoil anything, but I have to believe you can figure out how who ends up with who without a lot more plot details. But understand, in romance, it’s always about the journey and not the destination, and director Rowell and writer Dara Harper’s journey is chock-full of romantic sweetness. This holiday, Catfish Christmas and a few glasses of eggnog are just the perfect pairings for lovers and lovers at heart.

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