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12 Dates of Christmas (2011)

A story that follows Kate, a young woman who after a horrible blind date on Christmas Eve, wakes up to find she is re-living that same day and date all over again.

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James Hayman

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Aaron Mendelsohn (teleplay), Janet Brownell (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Miyata ... Miyoko
Vijay Mehta ... Ad Man
Amy Smart ... Kate Stanton
Audrey Dwyer Audrey Dwyer ... Milk Maid Salesgirl
Richard Fitzpatrick Richard Fitzpatrick ... Jim
Jayne Eastwood ... Margine Frumkin
Joe MacLeod ... Toby
Mark-Paul Gosselaar ... Miles Dufine
Benjamin Ayres ... Jack Evans
Jennifer Kydd Jennifer Kydd ... Nancy
Peter MacNeill ... Mike Stanton
Mary Long Mary Long ... Sally
Martin Roach ... Dr. Kirschner
Cherisse Woonsam ... Leigh
Paul Beer ... Rich
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Starring Amy Smart (Just Friends, The Butterfly Effect) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin & Bash, Saved by the Bell, NYPD Blue), 12 Dates of Christmas is a romantic comedy that follows Kate (Amy Smart), a young woman who re-lives the same first date on Christmas Eve over and over again. In an attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend on Christmas Eve, Kate ends up ruining her blind date with Miles (Mark-Paul Gosselaar), a handsome guy she's been set up with. In a strange twist of fate, Kate is given the chance to re-live Christmas Eve twelve times! Kate decides to embrace what Christmas Eve has given her -- a loving family, great friends and Miles, who turns out to be a great guy! However, just as she seems to think she has gotten it right, the clock strikes midnight and Kate must live Christmas Eve once again. Under these weird new circumstances, Kate learns to take risks and enjoy what she's been given. Thanks to the gift of Christmas Eve, Kate finds happiness by finally trusting fate. Written by A V Butler

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Twelve chances to get it right.


Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 2014 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

12 Encontros de Natal See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Kate's clock is the same style as Phil's from the movie Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray, in which 12 Dates was inspired from. See more »

Goofs

When Kate meets Jack in front of her apartment, Nancy says she's cold and is going to wait in the car. A few seconds later Jack walks to the car, which is idling as can be seen by its exhaust fumes, and gets in. The view switches back to Kate and we hear the car start. See more »

Quotes

Margine Frumkin: Reputations are just history in rumour form. You can change it.
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Silent Night
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Composed by Franz Xaver Gruber
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The best modern Christmas classic since 'Elf'
16 December 2017 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

If you loved Groundhog Day, 12 Dates of Christmas will probably be your new favorite Christmas movie. This ABC television movie is the best Christmas classic since Elf, one you will add to your collection and watch every year.

Amy Smart stars as an unhappy, lonely young woman determined to win her ex-boyfriend back on Christmas Eve. She ignores the advice of her best friend, Laura Miyata, is rude to her kind-hearted neighbor, Jayne Eastwood, and hurts her dad and stepmom's feelings with her flippant remarks about the holidays. On top of it all, she gets set up on a blind date with Mark-Paul Gosselaar but doesn't really give him the time of day because she's still in love with Benjamin Ayres. But, when the clock strikes midnight, time flies backwards and she finds herself reliving Christmas Eve all over again!

Everything about this movie is adorable, and every time you watch it, there's more to notice and appreciate. Director James Hayman adds the clever touch of inserting each of the 12 proverbial gifts of Christmas during her repetition of the day; for example, there are two sets of love birds in a shop window and nine women start up a conga line in a bar. It's great fun to try and catch all twelve! While most films of this type-mean person learns his lesson-focus on one lesson, Aaron Mendelsohn and Janet Brownell's script is more complex than that. Amy Smart's character is given deeper reasons for her unhappiness, rather than a cheesy, generic dislike of the holiday or lack of romance. Each of the supporting characters are given their own quirks and niceties, adding to enjoyment of the story. Plus, there's more than one romance in the film, so even though you're guaranteed to fall for Mark-Paul Gosselaar, you'll find yourself rooting for other couples as well.

From Mary Long's holiday pun-"What happens when Santa gets stuck in the chimney? He gets Santa Claustr-ophobia!"-to Audrey Dwyer's one repeated, memorable line-"I spritzed you and you passed out"-12 Dates of Christmas is full of funny lines and scenes that you'll look forward to reliving every year. I can't recommend this modern Christmas classic highly enough. I just love it!


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