Decent lead performances and fun musical numbers make up for a predictable plot and poor attempts at humour
Starring Tia Mowry, Tori Spelling, Reginald VelJohnson, Tammy Townsend, Jonathan Patrick Moore, Jason Rogel, Megan Kathleen Duffy, and Andy Gala
There’s something highly predictable about The Mistle-Tones: not least because it actually doesn’t deviate much from its synopsis. When Holly (Tia Mowry) fails to get into the elite singing group The Snow Belles, which was founded by her (now deceased) mother (because what’s a Christmas film if one of our characters isn’t beset by some sort of personal tragedy to overcome?), she starts her own singing group with the aim to take away the Snow Belles’ performing slot at the local mall. From there, you get pretty much what you would expect: rehearsal montages, bitchy confrontations, a dramatic singing competition, and ultimately the good characters triumph.
Where this film succeeds is the feel-good factor. There’s so many fun montages and Christmas numbers that it’s impossible not to find yourself smiling. This is ably helped along by Mowry’s winning performance, and that of her love interest Nick (Jonathan Patrick Moore). Tori Spelling as Marci is an easy person to hate, hamming it up at every available opportunity, though her character’s quirk of making terrible holiday-themed puns wears desperately thin.
If you’re in the mood for an unchallenging, even-more-vacuous-than-Glee offering, then The Mistle-Tones is most certainly for you.
The Mistle-Tones is streaming on Disney+ now