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We’re discussing the finale of the HBO Max Holiday Harmony movie, which will contain spoilers.
HBO Max gave us some new Christmas movies this year, including Festive Harmony. Our review includes a summary of the plot:
Gale (Annelise Cepero) is an aspiring musician who has been living in her van for a year now, traveling to small gigs and open mic nights. She’s thrilled to win the competition her friend convinced her to enter to perform on Christmas Eve, special for iHeart Radio, and starts her journey to Los Angeles. However, when her van breaks down in Oklahoma, she is forced to reconsider what she wants in life with the help of local mechanic Van (Brooke Shields) and her son Jeremy (Jeremy Sumpter).
It’s a pretty average low-budget Christmas movie of its kind with small-town romance and someone torn between a slower lifestyle and chasing their dreams. Poor acting and unoriginal script do not allow it to be something special for the genre.
Holiday Harmony ending explained – Will Gale return to small town Oklahoma?
After a difficult breakup with Jeremy and making sure her kids music class is ready for their big show, Gayle decides to make the rest of the way across the country to get to iHeart Radio a performance on Christmas Eve that could be her big break. However, when she gets there, things don’t turn out the way she expected. The music label agrees to sign her to a contract, but wants to change everything about her – her image, her hair, her music, and even her name.
She is conflicted and unsure how to proceed, wanting to achieve the success she has been chasing for years, but not if that means giving up on being herself. She abruptly leaves the rehearsal and calls Van from the bathroom to ask what she should do. When she shows up, she finds one of the iHeart Radio hosts who encourages her not to let the label change her. She offers the services of her travel agent to get Gail back to Oklahoma in time to see her class perform at the Christmas pageant.
She understands that her dream is to make music, but not necessarily with a major label. She enjoys teaching children in her music class and realizes that she can find fulfillment in a way that she doesn’t have to change herself.
Gale returns to the delight of her class of kids, one of whom suffers from severe stage fright. But the performance goes great, and Gayle performs an original song she wrote that was supposed to be her iHeart Radio entry. Kind iHeart radio host Amy worked with Wang and they streamed Gail’s performance via iPhone to the live show. Of course, Gail and Jeremy reunite and seem ready to start a relationship together.
The ending is to be expected from a movie like this. It’s a little annoying to see how small towns and certain professions are constantly being lauded rather than chasing opportunities, especially since we know that elementary school music teachers receive small salaries and little job security. However, it’s certainly a happy ending that helps in the holiday spirit.
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