A PARIS CHRISTMAS WALTZ on the Great American Family network follows a woman named Emma. After taking ballroom dancing lessons for a year, she competes at a major pro-am
competition in Paris over Christmas week, with Leo, a professional dancer she admires. In Paris, Emma swoons over Leo, despite his strict rule never to date his dance partners. Leo’s former dance partner shows up as their competition and tries to throw Emma off track. Can Emma and Leo’s fantastic dance teacher and choreographer, Henry, help them stay on track?
PARIS CHRISTMAS WALTZ stands out from other Christmas romances. Director Michael Damian brings lots of pizzazz to the movie in the vibrant dance numbers, abetted by a lush score by Nathan Lanier. It’s a joy to watch Jen Lilley and Matthew Morrison, as Emma and Leo, work their magic on the dance floor and in a fun dance routine with a street band. A powerful rendition of “O Holy Night” frames the movie’s climactic, impressive dance number. A PARIS CHRISTMAS WALTZ also mentions answered prayer, God and the Baby Jesus in Nativity displays.
(BB, Ro, CCC, A, M)
Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview with some Romantic elements about focusing on your feelings, especially while dancing, but supported by very strong Christian content and references, which include a climactic dance number between a man and a woman with the Christmas carol “O Holy Night” as the background and references to the Baby Jesus, answered prayer, God’s plan for our lives, the opening lyrics to “Silent Night,” and Nativity displays, including the tradition of such displays in Paris
No foul language
Champagne and wine with meals and at a large party and a small party among friends
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
Male romantic lead’s former partner turns out to be manipulative and deceitful.
A spinoff of the most popular Christmas romcom of 2020, THE CHRISTMAS WALTZ, A PARIS CHRISTMAS WALTZ is a highly enjoyable mix of Christmas cheer, wonderful music, splendid dancing, and charming actors. It also marks a major coup for the Great American Family network, which landed the new movie after the first one aired on its main competitor, the Hallmark Channel.
PARIS follows a single woman named Emma (Jen Lilley) who quits her job as an accountant to help prevent a coworker with a family from taking a pay cut. She’s always loved watching dance and particularly admires the dancing of a pro named Leo (Matthew Morrison), who happens to be looking for an amateur dance partner for a major pro-am dance competition to be held in Paris over Christmas week.
The two meet when Emma slips and slides all over a sidewalk and Leo catches her (just like every Christmas romance!). Soon she has an audition with him to partner up for Paris and aces the opportunity. She can’t believe her good fortune as she heads for the City of Lights at the most romantic time of the year. She’s also swooning over Leo, even though he has a strict rule never to date his dance partners.
With the encouragement of her best friend Cece (Stephanie Sladatan), Emma keeps her spirits up, but soon another pro dance partner of Leo’s named Giselle (Jade Ewen) shows up as their competition and tries to throw Emma off track repeatedly.
Can Emma and Leo’s fantastic dance teacher Henry (Paul Freeman) help them stay on track? Will Leo let his guard down, and Emma trust that he’s not interested in Giselle anymore?
A PARIS CHRISTMAS WALTZ stands out from the infinite pack of Christmas romance movies on many levels. Director and Co-Writer Michael Damian, who also wrote and directed THE CHRISTMAS WALTZ, brings lots of pizzazz to the small screen in the vibrant dance numbers, abetted by a lush score by Nathan Lanier, along with a few classic Christmas tunes.
It is a joy to watch Emma and Leo work their magic on the dance floor, as well as their terrific song and dance routine of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” with a street band backing them up. A sprinkle of lovely singing of “Silent Night” by an unseen choir in a church also is a nice touch, while a powerful rendition of “O Holy Night” frames the movie’s climactic, highly impressive dance number at the competition. A PARIS CHRISTMAS WALTZ also has references to the Baby Jesus, answered prayer, God’s plans for our lives, Jesus as Savior, and the tradition of different Nativity displays in Paris during Christmas.
Lilley and Morrison have great chemistry, and kudos to Great American Family for bringing Broadway veteran star Morrison back to the TV screen eight years after his award-winning run on the old Fox teenage musical series GLEE.
In keeping with Great American Family tradition, the movie is free of any offensive content, although occasional champagne and wine drinking is shown with meals.
Altogether, A PARIS CHRISTMAS WALTZ is a Christmas treat for the whole family that will delight everyone throughout the holidays.
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