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Review: ‘A California Christmas: City Lights’ is a beautiful sequel

“A California Christmas: City Lights” is a beautiful sequel to the No. 1 Netflix film “A California Christmas.” Digital Journal has the recap.

'A California Christmas 2'
'A California Christmas 2.' Photo Courtesy of Netflix
'A California Christmas 2.' Photo Courtesy of Netflix

“A California Christmas: City Lights” is a beautiful sequel to the No. 1 Netflix film “A California Christmas.” Digital Journal has the recap.

It was directed eloquently by Shaun Paul Piccinino and written by Lauren Swickard.

Husband and wife Josh Swickard (“General Hospital”) and Lauren Swickard reprise their roles as Joseph and Callie. This movie takes place one year after they have fallen in love and they are more content than ever running their dairy farm and their winery; however, business and family obligations call Joseph back to the big city, and their romance will be tested.

Josh and Lauren Swickard are delightful as Joseph and Callie, and Laura James is witty and irresistible as the insatiable Victoria. She does a solid job playing a character the audience will love to hate.

Ali Afshar is back as Leo, and it is great to see Amanda Detmer return as Callie’s mother Wendy. Emelia Hartford is neat in the role of Lindsey.

Without giving too much away, “A California Christmas 2” should be experienced by all. It is recommended for the entire family.

The Verdict

Overall, “A California Christmas 2: City Lights” is a pleasant and engaging romantic holiday film by Shaun Paul Piccinino. The script is warm and compelling, and the cast delivers memorable performances as a whole. It deserves to go No. 1 on the Netflix movie charts again.

There is something in “A California Christmas 2” for everybody, and it will certainly put fans in the holiday spirit. It garners four out of five stars. Well done.

'A California Christmas'
‘A California Christmas.’ Photo Courtesy of Netflix
Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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