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I used to know and work with Lindsay Lohan when I ran a teen mag. That, plus my age, means I'm not really a fan — it's too weird to get all excited about someone much younger than myself, who hit the scene when I was a full-on adult.
That said, I had fun at the intimate NYC premiere of her corny Netflix rom-com Falling for Christmas, which at times plays like a Disney Channel parody of a Christmas romance. Which is not to say people won't love it! And which is also not to say she isn't good in it. She approaches this as if she were in an Oscar contender, never overacting, but also never sleepwalking or playing down to the material.
The movie has everything but the kitchen sink: amnesia, a Santa figure, a cute dad with a dead wife, an impossibly diverse ski town, a kid cuter than a teddy bear, a spoiled heiress ... it even has some Mean Girls and It's a Wonderful Life action.
Lindsay looks great in it — the audience was howling over her various outfits — and looked even better in person as she humbly introed the screening.
Meanwhile, her co-star and romantic interest in the film, Chord Overstreet, rather churlishly passed on posing for a photo (at a premiere?), but the rest of the cast on hand were great sports! Chase Ramsey was wearing a jacket with the slogan DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK.
Interesting that both of her estranged parents were there, seated in the same row (not side by side), along with her rich husband, Bader Shammas.
Most exciting for me was that the director-producer Janeen Damian is the wife of producer Michael Damian ... yes, Danny Romalotti from The Young and the Restless, the same guy who hit #1 with Rock On. So I was thrilled to meet him.
I'm curious to hear what you guys think of this film. It should get more attention than Bros, since it's free if you have Netflix.