The Holiday Sitter Movie Review

This week’s Sunday movie on Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas is historic and it’s a big deal. It’s the first LGBTQ+ featured love story on the Hallmark Network and it’s fantastic. I’m so excited to be here for “The Holiday Sitter” movie review!

From left to right, Everett Andes, Jonathan Bennett, Mila Moragan and George Krissa are all smiling during a scene from "The Holiday Sitter" movie

We are so far into the Hallmark Countdown to Christmas season! It’s flying by now! Christmas is literally around the corner! Tonight’s movie was “The Holiday Sitter” and I’ve had this one marked as special since the day Hallmark announced their 2022 movie lineup. It’s the first LGBTQ+ featured storyline on Hallmark and I was so excited that this was going to be included in the lineup this year. It’s long overdue and I’m so glad it’s finally here. Let’s dive into “The Holiday Sitter” movie review!

George Krissa and Jonathan Bennett pose with presents wrapped up for Christmas on set of "The Holiday Sitter" movie.

My Review:

I’m jumping straight in. I adored this movie. Not only was this movie historic for the Hallmark Channel, but it’s a really GREAT movie. The story is sweet and I loved it.


Sam is a high-powered businessman and he’s on the verge of a Hawaiian Christmas vacation when his sister calls and needs his help. She and her husband are adopting another baby and the baby is coming early, and they need him to watch the kids.

Sam reluctantly goes to watch his niece and nephew. He knows nothing about kids and with the help of his handsome neighbor, Jason, he learns how to take care of the kids and starts to fall for Jason as well. After a few bumps in the road, Sam and Jason decide to make a go of their romantic relationship, and the families all cheer them on!


We all know Jonathan Bennett is just amazing. He’s funny. He’s serious. All around, he’s just phenomenal. George Krissa was new to Hallmark with this movie and I thought he was absolutely great too! Jonathan and George had great chemistry and I thought the supporting cast was really great too. I really enjoyed the sister, played by Chelsea Hobbs.

The Bottom Line

There’s nothing new to the plot here. Hallmark has made this movie a hundred times. Maybe more. And I think that was a genius move out of the directors and writers here. It’s the same Hallmark movie we know and love, the tried and true storyline… but with a new twist. A same-sex couple. And it totally worked and I thought that was a brilliant move. I think it truly shows there is a place for everyone at the table here — and why shouldn’t there be? I loved this movie and I recommend it in the highest way I can!

As a side note – my big tears (such joyful tears!) came at the end of this movie when Sam and Jason find each other, decide to give their relationship a go, have a big hug and a kiss, and their families are both there to cheer them on and celebrate. I’m sure that’s not the case for some (likely a LOT) of the members of the LGBTQ+ community. And that’s an absolute shame. We celebrate love in any form here on the Deck The Hallmark Blog. Because love is love is love. Period.

“The Holiday Sitter” – The Deck The Hallmark Podcast Movie Review

What did The Deck The Hallmark guys think? You can listen or watch, whichever you like!

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You can listen to the episode on Google Podcasts HERE.

Hot Takes!

Here’s a quick look at what the Deck The Hallmark Podcast Fellas thought about his movie:

  • Bran – “This movie was funnier than I thought it would be! Jonathan Bennett is so funny and this is a very sweet movie that is everything you want out of a Hallmark Christmas movie. Really great movie.”
  • Alonzo – “Plotwise, this feels very old Hallmark, it’s a plot we’ve seen a million times. But they centered the plot on a queer couple, and so I think making everything else comfortable and the same was really smart. As a first step goes, this was safe, and I look forward to seeing where we go telling these stories in the future.”
  • Dan – “In all seriousness, representation really matters. It raises the quality of the movies across the board. This is a nice love story in a Christmas movie setting. It’s a funny movie, too. It had to be right, and they nailed it.”

Location, Location, Location

“The Holiday Sitter” was filmed on location in Vancouver, British Colombia. Oh, and it was filmed in the summer. During a heat wave! But I think they did a good job making it look like Christmas and not looking like they were absolutely burning alive in their winter clothes!

Fun Film Facts

I want to say that first, Jonathan Bennett is also an executive producer on this movie along with starring in the movie. And then I’m going to let the actors speak for themselves. This movie is historic. And important. And just fantastic. It was a long time coming and well overdue. Well done by all.

Wrap-Up – “The Holiday Sitter”

George Krissa and Jonathan Bennett smile and hold hands and pose for a picture on set of "The Holiday Sitter" movie.

This movie was a big deal. And not only was it a huge step forward for Hallmark, but it was also a great step forward for the LGBTQ+ community. And aside from all those historic moments, this movie was an absolute delight and a sweet love story and family story. I loved it! I can’t recommend it enough and I can’t wait to hear what you think! Let me know when you’ve seen it! Until then, Happy Hallmarking!

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Christmas Books from the Deck The Hallmark Podcast:

Don’t forget, the Deck The Hallmark Podcast fellas have 2 books for sale!

“I’ll Be Home For Christmas Movies” has reviews of tons of Hallmark Christmas movies, along with entertaining ideas and recipes. I love mine and I look at it regularly. And also, this is a fantastic gift idea! Make sure you get your copy ordered in time for Christmas movie watching!

Dan and Bran wrote a children’s book! It’s called “When’s It Gonna Be Christmas Again” and it’s hot off the press just in time for the Christmas holiday season!

This is a fantastic story for kids and adults alike!

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