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The Queer Elements of Hallmarks' An Unexpected Christmas

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An Unexpected Christmas. The film follows a recently broken-up couple — Jamie and Emily (played by Tyler Hines and Bethany Joy Lenz) — as they pretend to still be together for Jamie’s family.Of course, shenanigans ensue, love is found, and family bonds are strengthened throughout the film.

Three-time gold medalist Jackie Joyner Kersee even makes her film debut. And while a straight couple might be the protagonists in the movie, it’s definitely more queer than meets the eye.For one, the movie’s planning started at Los Angeles’ famous gay bar, The Abbey.

It was there that An Unexpected Christmas’s gay executive producer, Matthew Brady, met out writer Greg McGoon who came up with the story.

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