Whenever I see Kristin Chenoweth on TV, I get excited. She's so darn cute, this naughty mix of retro and modern. She can do that rat-a-tat banter like in a Kate Hepburn movie, but she's far more girly.
She's what makes "12 Men of Christmas" (Lifetime, 9 tonight) worth watching.
In the film, she plays E.J. Baxter, a (stereo)typical NY go-getter, a PR powerhouse, whose got the great tiny apartment, the designer clothes and the perfect guy. But in New York, that trifecta can be fleeting; E.J. catches her heel of a fiance making out with her boss during the office holiday party. In retaliation, E.J. breaks the heel off her boss' Gucci stilettos, ending the engagement and the job.
She can't get a new job so she takes what's available. That means leaving the Big Apple for a job in Montana, helping small-town Kalispell lure corporate retreats. Captivated by the town's volunteer rescue team which needs new equipment, E.J. sets out to put the town on the tourism map by producing a fund-raising beefcake calendar of the rescue team.
Then there's the guy, Will (Josh Hopkins), allegedly the town's bad boy, whom she bumps heads with. Until she doesn't.
It's the usual Lifetime template and it's not all that Christmasy and it isn't amazing, but the movie has some snappy lines and is a fun, light romp. Also, Kalispell is awful pretty; I know the movie made me want to visit.
And it has Kristin Chenoweth, in pencil skirts and heels, sailor outfits and tailored pantsuits, being funny and sassy and someone it's easy to spend two hours with.
If you want to get in the Christmas spirit, take a listen to KC's new Christmas CD.