Dolly Parton has had a very busy year – not only has she been funding coronavirus vaccine research, she’s also appearing in a brand new Christmas movie for Netflix.
Musical film Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square stars Parton alongside Mamma Mia actress Christine Baranski, and it’s already been declared as just the festive film 2020 needs.
Baranski told Entertainment Weekly appearing in the film was “the privilege of a lifetime”, adding, “I think the world needs it so badly. This year it’s going to be a real gift to people!”
“There was no COVID when we shot this movie, but we knew we were doing something that was going to be important. It has so much joy, but it also has some really hard lessons learned — there’s a morality to it, there’s a moral spine to it,” she added.
Read on for everything you need to know about the film, including cast and plot details.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square release date
The film has arrived on the streamer well in advance on Christmas itself, debuting on Netflix on Sunday 22nd November.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square plot
According to the official plot synopsis provided by Netflix, “A rich and nasty woman, Regina Fuller, returns to her small hometown after her father’s death to evict everyone and sell the land to a mall developer – right before Christmas.
“However, after listening to stories of the local townsfolk, reconnecting with an old love, and accepting the guidance of an actual angel, Regina starts to have a change of heart.
“This is the story about family, love, and how a small town’s Christmas spirit can warm even the coldest of hearts.”
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square cast
Mamma Mia and The Good Wife star Christine Baranski leads the cast as Regina Fuller, while Parton herself takes on the role of Angel.
Other cast members include Treat Williams (127 Hours, Everwood) as Carl Pellam, Jenifer Lewis (Black-ish) as Margeline, Josh Segarra (Orange is the new Black) as Pastor Christian Hathaway, Jeanine Mason (Roswell, Mew Mexico) as Felicity Sorenson and Mary Lane Haskell (Law and Order: SVU) as Jenna Hathaway.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square reviews: Is it any good?
So far, the reviews for the film have been mixed, with some critics praising its feel-good nature but others decrying it as “absurd” and a “mess”.
Variety called it, “a movie designed within an inch of its life to appease everyone who might come across it, and if you don’t like it, well, no matter”, while NME described it as “a festive throwback to classic Hollywood”.
The Independent was less complimentary, however, calling it an “absurd barrage of singing and dancing”.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square filming location: Where was it shot?
Despite its Christmas setting, the film was actually shot in summer 2019 – in Atlanta, Georgia.
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square trailer
You can take a sneak peek at what to expect from the film by watching the all-singing, all-dancing trailer below:
Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square arrives on Netflix on Sunday 22nd November. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our guide to the best series on Netflix and best movies on Netflix, or visit our TV Guide