GenreComedy, Fantasy, Romance Costume designCatherine Ashton CountryUnited States
Release dateDecember 11, 2011 (2011-12-11) WriterAaron Mendelsohn (teleplay), Janet Brownell (teleplay), Aaron Mendelsohn (story), Blake J. Harris (story) ScreenplayAaron Mendelsohn, Janet Brownell, Blake J. Harris CastAmy Smart (Kate Stanton), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Miles Dufine), Benjamin Ayres (Jack Evens), Laura Miyata (Miyoko) Similar moviesChristmas Every Day (1996), Christmas Do-Over (2006), Christmas Caper (2007), Stealing Christmas (2003), Snow (2004)
TaglineTwelve chances to get it right.
12 Dates of Christmas is a television film starring Amy Smart and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. It premiered on ABC Family on December 11, 2011 in their 25 Days of Christmas programming block. It is directed by James Hayman.
Kate finds herself reliving Christmas Eve (including a blind date with a man named Miles) over and over again. She must discover how to break the cycle – should she attempt to win back her ex-boyfriend Jack, or should she pursue Miles, or something else?
Amy Smart as Kate Stanton
Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Miles Dufine
Jayne Eastwood as Margine Frumkin
Peter MacNeill as Mike Stanton
Richard Fitzpatrick as Jim
Benjamin Ayres as Jack Evans
Jennifer Kydd as Nancy
Martin Roach as Dr. Kirschner
Joe MacLeod as Toby
Laura Miyata as Miyoko
Stephan James as Michael
Music and theme song
"Angels Are Singing" is a song performed by American recording artist Jordin Sparks, and serves as the theme song of 12 Dates of Christmas. It was released as a digital download on November 27, 2011 on iTunes and Amazon.com.
In Us Weekly, John Griffiths wrote, "This holiday romance steals a page from Groundhog Day and runs with it.... It's a sweet, wacky... and nicely woven journey, with the endearing Smart adding an extra twinkle."
On Common Sense Media, Emily Ashby said, "... 12 Dates of Christmas works in a sappy-sweet, opposites-attract love plot that just happens to take place on Christmas Eve. This holiday tie-in bolsters what's otherwise a lukewarm story marked by a handful of funny moments and the requisite romantic ones. There's little that's remarkable about the story itself, but that doesn't mean the mostly predictable ending won't leave you feeling warm and fuzzy nonetheless."