"Christmas in the Smokies" (2015) puts a strong down-home twist on the holiday miracle theme of the not-so-ghostly trio of yuletide DVDs from Imagicomm Entertainment and Insp Films. This series begins with the (reviewed) "Christmas on the Range" and will wrap up with "Christmas on the Coast."
The following "Smokies" trailer highlights the well-balanced humor and drama (as well of the obligatory scruff of the male frienemy) that are hallmarks of these classics that provide increasingly required holiday cheer.
The sit that provides the romcomdram this time is that Shelby Haygood (Sarah Lancaster of the reviewed Imagicomm joint "Blue Ridge") is battling the local evil developer for ownership of the well-preserved 40 year-old Haygood Farm. The rest of the story is that country-music star/high school sweetheart Mason Wyatt returns to his hometown in disgrace after a highly embarrassing performance on a Southern-fried version of "Dancing With the Stars."
A series of unfortunate circumstances result in Mason living in the Haygood barn for the month of December. Of course, relations between this good ole boy and the girl that he callously left behind thaw as the thermometer drops.
It is equally predictable that all of this climaxes with a Christmas Eve last-minute effort by Shelby to not lose her manger and the rest of her property. The uncertainty includes whether history will repeat itself as to Mason.
This one is distinguishable from the copious amount of basic-cable quality holiday fare (not that there is anything wrong with that) in that it overall is less over-the-top than many otherwise comparable movies and puts a nice twist on the end. Seeing Barry Corbin of "Northern Exposure" fame play a kinder-and-gentler version of Maurice from that cult classic is another nice treat.
Imagicomm also provides its usual gift in the form of separate "Behind-the-Scenes" and "Cast Interviews" features.