Twas The Night: Review – After a video goes viral showing Holly (Nicole Pringle) verbally abusing a Santa Claus collecting money for charity, the whole town thinks Holly hates Christmas. Holly is just doing her best to get through the holidays like anybody else though and feels pressure mounting on her as her in-laws are coming to stay for the holidays for the first time.
Nick (David S. Perez) her fiancée is doing the best he can to reassure her that everything is going to be fine, but his in-laws are coming as well and he wants to make a good impression.
Then one day as Holly is hanging up the decorations, she sees the Santa Claus in that video and feels bad so she invites him in for some hot chocolate to make amends. Although as he’s on the way out, the Santa whose real name is Jesús (Abel Rosario) notices Holly has been having trouble putting up the decorations, so being the kind man that he is he offers to help.
Unfortunately, when Nick barges through the door it knocks the ladder that Jesús was standing on and knocks him out cold. With little time to think and the in-laws on their way, Holly and Nick do the best thing they could think of doing – they store Santa in the bathroom and hope nobody notices.
Twas the Night is a dark comedy written and directed by Chris Rodriguez and Grant Rosado (known as the Ro Bros) and on the surface seems like the perfect antidote to sentimental Christmas movies. The problem is that although the premise may let the audience in on what they could be expecting, the execution is lacking.
Firstly, there are certain things that people may expect from a holiday movie and whereas Pringle and Perez give good performances as a soon to be married couple, it just seems like they are trying to elevate the material that they’re given. Also, there seems to be very little thought put into the characters of the in-laws.
So, whereas this may have been an ensemble comedy made better through eccentric and lively performances, besides the main couple everybody else seems very bland. Considering the lack of experience that the Ro Bros have in genre filmmaking, it’s a noble effort. However, a little more thought to pad out the movie may have been more satisfying.
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