‘Falling For Christmas’ is a holiday comedy but marks the first step in Lindsay Lohan’s welcoming comeback

feel good To root for Lindsay Lohan these days. Some people didn’t stop, of course. For others, a wake-up call arrived earlier this year, during the Superbowl, when Lohan starred in a wink Planet Fitness Commercial was the seemingly global response, uttered online, Looks great! This was the speech: our surprise. “What happens to Lindsay?” asks a room full of gym-goers at the top of the ad, while a sweaty but glowing oval-shaped Lohan toils like a road runner stuck in place. We were advised to “trade DUIs for DIY”. she has hobbies Now, which means she has time for hobbies, now: she has the luxury of idle time. She has healthy habits. We see her win Risk! Asked about Dennis Rodman, another complicated celebrity who was treated to a circus-obsessed man by the media in his heyday. A crying paparazzi is posted outside a nightclub screaming that he misses Lindsay. She doesn’t give him much material at the moment. He cannot take advantage of the disaster. No more unforgettable train crashes in court or scathing tales from Hollywood sets detailing the ordeals that once made them off-limits to movie insurance policies. It seems those days were far enough in the past that we can now laugh about it. Lohan is into the joke, which is part of the reason for her success. It works more because the star that was unstoppable really seems to have made a comeback. Even the glowing aura that follows by the end of the ad, there are few special effects of decoration meant to inspire a cognitive chuckle, they can’t distract from the honest – and for anyone who remembers the dark years, unbelievably – from the actual glow.

Lohan’s new Netflix holiday movie, Falling in Christmas, Not as rich as this commercial. It’s not destined to become some towering business in its law – who cares. When the movie nominates its hat I mean girlsBy way of the song “Jingle Bell Rock” she seems equally recognizable; How not? Slightly by the standards of a Netflix holiday movie, this healthy Christmas camp doll is eager to give Lohan something to do. That’s the point, and that’s what the movie so interestingly accomplishes. Falling in Christmas It is a romantic vacation story, an absurd combination of “fish out of water” comedy and amnesia. (Not for nothing, the movie also doubles as an implicitly blunt warning to women who clearly lack gaydar.) The title, depending on the genre, is a cute wordplay. The heiress of a hotel inferno on wheels on a snowy peak is proposed by her wealthy boyfriend. Fall off the cliff you probably deserve; He loses her memory and ends up in the house (if not the bed) of a rosy-cheeked man Krupp, who happens to be a widower, who also happens to have a young daughter in desperate need of a mother figure and is about to get, very rich.

This is why we love movies. It’s obvious that Luhan is playing the heiress in a role that looks a bit like I mean girlsCady Heron is in reverse: from mean girl to cute girl, not the other way around. Her new lover (played by Chord Overstreet) also works in hospitality, but on more modest terms than the heiress’s family, which makes this a story about the redemption of a wealthy girl, moreover All of that. We push her off the cliff until she forgets she’s rich, learns how to do laundry, and falls in love when she finally earns it. Only then can she get her identity back (and money), and by then we want her to have more than she wants for herself, because she’s proven she’s worthy. that.

It’s the role that best suits Lohan because the most unwanted version of this star on screen is never so unwanted – that’s the joke, the quality with which Lohan often becomes the glue that holds the tools of the genre together. No one ever expected Cady Heron to still be a mean girl or totally jump on a shark by the end of this movie – she looks so good, so really good, for that. You know better because you know that comics are like I mean girls It is not designed to deprive us of an end we can feel good about. But you really know it because Lohan’s most distinguishing feature as a star is that glowing quality, an unwavering true joy that can barely be imitated, let alone replicated, that feels completely at home in a bright, flourishing, and only ridiculous world. Happy-go-lucky comedy. was there in Parents’ trap: I think of the moment when the Lindsay twins, separated by birth and upbringing, meet each other for the first time, and the whole movie seems to slow down to reside in Lohan’s infectious delight in herself. just had I saw her starring in Chris Pine in a plot she shared Falling in Christmasrom-com’s taste for absurdity, with its fate tormented by the lucky New York publicist, has had as good a fortune as Enron stock. Once again, pure Luhan: a character whose smooth luck makes you reluctantly admire, rather than upset, who inspires jealousy rather than disapproval, whose happy results attract from the start. This is the cute girl who wins enough to attract the most bored cute guys in the movies but couldn’t be less at risk of being bored.

Perhaps this was what made her public spirals over the years so shocking: they couldn’t sense anything out of place. The painful inner life of many stars is clearly visible in her performance, albeit subtle, even if all the actor does is a cunning and startling distraction from all the darkness we do not intend to see. It wasn’t Luhan. The public is struggling, starting with leaking a message about her behavior on the set Georgia rule (2007), in which she was considered a “spoiled brat” and accused of costing the film “hundreds of thousands of dollars”, initially felt inconsistent with her image. Then they became her image. Movies are still trying to give it a chance. 2012 Liz and Dick (a life Biography of Elizabeth Taylor) and 2013 the canyons (A live-action thriller to a popular video that director Paul Schrader used to fund it from Kickstarter) Both arrived when her career was on the wane and were marred by the usual stories of her behavior (the canyons Amazingly, thanks to surreal The New York Times Feature about the making of the film and the audio leak of her scolding a co-star.) However when I watched again the canyons Lately I’ve been surprised at how out of place Lohan appears amidst the mess of it all, and how vulnerable she is under the wreckage of the film’s ungainly surfaces, which has more to do with the movie than it seems to get the credit for. There’s something about seeing Lohan sad, after rock bottom, drying up her soul by a predatory L.A., a willful participant in her destruction who is also beholden to that destruction, which he feels uncomfortably apt. Even in the role of the not-so-good girl, she serves something harder to put his finger on, something tragic, embarrassing, and a disappointing human, a sense of failure that can only be won by falling from the highest heights.

It comes down to what we value in Lindsay Lohan as a star, which is what Falling in ChristmasNetflix’s comeback story is striving to understand what counts for it. here, as in Planet Fitness ad, as throughout her career, Lohan shines. It’s a proper first step—more valuable for what it means (Lindsey is in the public eye again, working late at night and inflating her podcast, being a well-known quantity again, for the right reasons) than it is. The film is part of a multi-picture deal with Netflix; The follow-up is scheduled to be released next year. This made, with any luck, the beginning of a new phase. That would be nice. Luhan deserves a second chance.

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