Netflix's 2021 holiday film "A Castle for Christmas" has plenty of cliché and awkward moments.
There are lots of rom-com tropes, from the leads' first meeting to the will-they-won't-they plot.
Even though there's no real conflict keeping them apart, the leads insist they can't be together.
Sophie goes on an embarrassing rant on national TV about how much more violent she could've been in her book.
At the beginning of the film, Sophie addresses her fans on Drew Barrymore's talk show because they're furious she killed off her book series' main love interest, Winston.
Instead of winning her fans over again, she ends up ranting about how much more violent Winston's death could've been.
Sophie gives several examples of worse deaths, including being poisoned with mercury and fed to sharks.
Sophie failing to understand her Scottish taxi driver's accent is played off as a joke, but she's actually kind of rude.
When Sophie first arrives in Scotland, she doesn't understand her taxi driver because of his thick accent.
Instead of asking him to repeat himself or trying to communicate with him at all, Sophie just answers the questions that she assumes she's being asked, which makes for an awkward (and kind of rude) encounter.
Sophie falls directly into the arms of the man who will obviously be her love interest for the rest of the movie.
The first time that Sophia meets Myles, she literally falls into his arms.
His dog, Hamish, runs up to her and makes her trip, and as soon as Myles catches her, it's clear that Sophie will end up with him.
The moment is too much of an overused trope to feel cute, especially since the dog barely bumped into her, so it's unclear how she was totally knocked over.
After being explicitly told that some parts of the castle are off-limits, Sophie explores them.
Myles tells Sophie that some parts of the castle are not accessible to guests, but she ignores him and explores the full castle anyway.
When she's caught in an off-limits part of the castle, she tries to hide instead of explaining what she's doing.
It's an immature move that makes her come across as entitled.
Sophie walks in on Myles taking a bath.
Even though Sophie got two full tours of the castle, it's evidently big enough for her to get lost on her first night after deciding to buy the place.
She absentmindedly walks in on Myles while he's taking a bath — for no apparent reason other than to add another cliché moment between the romantic leads.
Sophie and Myles almost kiss, but instead, Sophie pulls him in for a hug and sniffs him.
Myles and Sophie start warming up to each other and spend a day together — though they insist it's not a date.
When the night ends, the two seem to be about to kiss. But they decide not to, and after agreeing to shake hands, Sophie pulls Myles in for a hug.
The moment is already awkward, and Sophie makes it worse when she noticeably sniffs Myles.
Sophie's agent refuses to listen to her when she says she wants a break after a full decade of non-stop writing.
Throughout her time in Scotland, Sophie is in contact with her agent. She insists that Sophie should be working while she's there, even though she's been writing without a break for the past decade.
During one conversation, the agent even says that everything Sophie has worked for will be for nothing if she doesn't write another book, which seems unfair and untrue considering that Sophie wrote an internationally famous series.
She could likely afford to take some time off.
Throughout the movie, Sophie and Myles insist that they shouldn't be together for no apparent reason.
Sophie and Myles are both single and very obviously interested in each other, but they're adamant that they can't be together.
There are no apparent obstacles keeping them from dating, other than their mutual insistence that they shouldn't be.
The lack of any actual conflict preventing them from getting together is extremely frustrating to watch, especially since it's obvious that they'll end up together eventually.
After warming up to Sophie, Myles suddenly argues with her and is ruder than he's ever been.
Myles and Sophie both signed an agreement that said if Sophie can wait out a 90-day escrow while living at the castle, the sale will be completed and she'll own it.
When Sophie offers to let Myles continue to live there after the sale goes through, he's immediately angered and insulted that she'd think he'd want to live there as a guest.
But the sale is already close to going through, and if Sophie didn't offer this, he wouldn't have anywhere to stay.
Instead of reacting kindly, Myles taunts Sophie and says he wishes they never met, which is quite cruel and a sharp change from the happy moment the couple had minutes earlier.
Sophie's daughter skips her father's wedding to go to the Christmas party at Dun Dunbar.
Myles arranges for Sophie's daughter, Lexi, to surprise her at the Dun Dunbar Christmas party.
It's a sweet gesture on Myles' part, but Lexi is supposed to be at her father's wedding that day.
Aside from a joke about her attending her dad's next wedding, no one seems concerned that the groom's daughter just ditched her father's wedding at the last minute.
Sophie rejects several opening lines for her new book before choosing the most cliché one.
Throughout the movie, Sophie attempts to write the opening line for her next book and deletes everything she starts to write.
Plenty of cliché lines are rejected before she decides on one about believing in happy endings, which is worse than every potential line shown earlier in the movie.
Drew Barrymore doesn't call Sophie's book a "juggernaut" because it's not a "sexy, pretty, feminine, soft word."
Sophie has the chance to redeem herself to her fans when she reappears on Drew Barrymore's talk show at the end of the movie.
Drew originally calls Sophie's new book a "juggernaut bestseller" before deciding to drop the word "juggernaut" because it's not a "sexy, pretty, feminine, soft word."
The moment was likely intended to highlight the misogynistic way women's work is often presented, but it happens quickly in between credits so the joke doesn't really land.
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