Holiday in Handcuffs

Holiday in Handcuffs

Ron Underwood (2007)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Jilted waitress Melissa Joan Hart resorts to extreme methods to impress her picky parents in this goofy seasonal romantic comedy. But from the moment she kidnaps customer Mario Lopez and demands he pose as the ideal son-in-law, you know how events will pan out. Consequently, the family Christmas that follows starts to feel like padding (and lamely scripted padding at that); a fact not helped by the scenario's implausibility. It's only when the clan's perfect façade ultimately cracks that the film's content matches its irreverent comic intentions, bringing spirited laughs as everyone emotionally unravels. Creeping sentimentality and heavy-handed lessons ensure humour takes a backseat for the predictable finale - though at least Hart finally gets to relax after all her overzealous wackiness.


A woman dumped by her boyfriend just before Christmas is desperate not to lose face at her family's yearly festive get-together, so she resorts to kidnapping a man at gunpoint and forcing him to pose as her partner. Romantic comedy, starring Melissa Joan Hart, Mario Lopez, Timothy Bottoms and Markie Post.

Cast & Crew

Gertrude "Trudie" Chandler Melissa Joan Hart
David Martin Mario Lopez
Dad Chandler Timothy Bottoms
Mom Chandler Markie Post
Grandma June Lockhart
Jake Chandler Kyle Howard
Jessica Gabrielle Miller
Lucy Layla Alizada
Director Ron Underwood
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