We’re making the yuletide gay y’all! My plan for December is to try and get a few movie reviews up that showcase new LGBTQ+ holiday content. Special shout out to Dana Piccoli for mentioning this movie on her Instagram or I would never have known that Hallmark created a movie with a queer female lead. Every Time a Bell Rings is something a bit different for Hallmark, at least in my opinion, but still showcases the fabulous holiday feels that you want from one of their movies with some really positive inclusions.
According to the Hallmark website, which is where the title image for this article was found, the movie is about three sisters who reunite in their hometown of Natchez two years after the death of their father. When they arrive they learn that he has somehow planned one final scavenger hunt for them to find the family wishing bell. Not only is this movie set somewhere that doesn’t have snow, which seems shocking to me because I thought all Hallmark movies had snow, at least the drinking games I found over the years made me believe that. Their website doesn’t give a super detail plot breakdown and the trailer I thought didn’t really explain the full plot either.
Every Time a Bell Rings has three core plots that all connect through the sisters reuniting for a final scavenger hunt. We learn that while they were very close growing up that the three have grown apart. Charlotte, Erin Cahill, is the older sister and while she often worked with their father in his woodshop she has chosen to live a very nomadic life building projects around the world. Emily, Brittany Ishibashi, the middle sister of the three is a workaholic and trying to figure out how to handle starting a family. She and her husband eloped, which is a point of contention, and she is now struggling to figure out how to make time for a baby and if she is even ready. This plot felt so original for a Hallmark movie and I applauded them focusing on someone struggling with the concept of becoming a mom. Nora, Ali Liebert, is the youngest sister and after her board game cafe closed she has come home to try and figure out her next step. She has been helping their mom with the woodshop and we learn that she was dating a woman, but they are no longer together. While out getting dessert she runs into a woman named Maizy, Lyndia Greenwood. The two hit it off and keep running into each other until they go on a sort of not exactly defined date. Nora and Maizy are one of two romantic plots, with Charlotte reconnecting with Liam, Wes Brown, who has been in her life for years.
What I loved about this movie first off was that Nora is a queer woman who is given a love story, which culminates in a super cute kiss. I will say while they were both super cute together, Krista and I did have an issue with the final scene of the movie. Not to spoil too much, but everyone and their romantic partner wind up in a big group hug, but Maizy is off to the side and she and Nora just wave at each other. Their romantic plot though was so cute and had so many perfect rom-com moments. The other big thing for me was that the plot is not entirely about romance, but really about sisterly bonds and reconnecting with your loved ones. The sort of surprise of this plot is that the sisters are actually all adopted and we do get a portion of the plot that examines birth families and being an adopted child. This is definitely unique for Hallmark and I highly recommend it. Currently you can watch it on Hallmark Movies Now, which lets you set up a 7 day free trial, but their website lists it as airing on December 5th at 10 pm so I believe you will also be able to watch it on television.
Keep your eyes out for more queer Christmas content, or as I like to say Holigay content. If you are looking for more movies to watch this December I posted plenty of articles last December that you can check out on The Nerdy Girl Express.