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Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Chord Overstreet, George Young, Jack Wagner, Olivia Perez, Alejandra Flores, Chase Ramsey, Sean J. Dillingham
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Netflix Christmas romantic comedy directed by Janeen Damian. Falling For Christmas (2022) centers on newly engaged, spoiled hotel heiress, Sierra Belmont (Lindsay Lohan), who after getting into a skiing accident, suffers from total amnesia and finds herself in the care of a handsome, blue-collar lodge owner and widower, Jake (Chord Overstreet), and his precocious daughter (Olivia Perez) in the days leading up to Christmas.
Sierra Belmont: When people look at me, all they see is the spoiled daughter of Beauregard Belmont, the hotel magnate. And I’m not spoiled!
Bianca: Dress or slacks?
Sierra Belmont: I don’t know. Is that pleather?
Bianca: Vegan leather.
Sierra Belmont: I just want people to remember me for more than my last name.
Tad Fairchild: [referring to Jake] This local yokel just body slammed my girlfriend, and ruined her haute couture onesie.
Beauregard Belmont: So, Ted, how is this online internet business thing of yours going?
Sierra Belmont: It’s Tad, Daddy. And it’s not a business thing. Tad’s an influencer. Millions of people follow him.
Beauregard Belmont: Basically, you’re a salesman.
Alejandra Carlisle: We just need a little patience.
Jake Russell: What we need is a miracle.
Avy: Haven’t you heard, Dad? Christmas is a time for miracles.
Sierra Belmont: [to her father, Beauregard] Have a safe flight. And don’t worry about me. I’ll be in very good hands. I’ll be with Tad.
Sierra Belmont: [referring to the hotel] I thought we were doing the photo shoot here.
Terry Carver: Yeah, I’ve reserved a private gondola.
Tad Fairchild: Gondolas are for losers.
Sierra Belmont: You do know I don’t actually ski, don’t you?
Tad Fairchild: No one needs to know that! It’s all smoke and mirrors, baby.
Tad Fairchild: Do you know how to unhook the snowmobile, by any chance?
Sierra Belmont: Do I look like I know how to unhook a snowmobile?
Tad Fairchild: I’ll figure it out. Okay, snowmobile, unhook.
Sierra Belmont: What are you doing? Tad, it’s not voice-activated, for God’s sake!
Tad Fairchild: [as he’s taking her picture] That’s good, but could you try to look a little more athletic?
Sierra Belmont: But, Tad, I want to look sporty, but not like I’m sweating.
Tad Fairchild: [kneels in front of her] Sierra Belmont, will you marry me?
Sierra Belmont: [as he puts the ring on her finger] Oh, Tad! Tad, it’s too big, sweetie.
Tad Fairchild: We could have it resized.
Darius: [as they spot Sierra’s unconscious body] What is it? Oh, it better not be a dead body.
Heather: Stop it. You’re freaking me out.
Jake Russell: Oh, my God.
Heather: Is it a dead body?
Jake Russell: [referring to Sierra] Well, at least she’s awake. That’s a good thing, right?
Dr. Layla Monroe: Well, that depends upon your point of view.
Sierra Belmont: [referring to the doctor] Sheriff, could you please tell her to let me out of here?
Sheriff Borden: Well, miss, we’d love to be able to do that, but first we need to figure out who you are.
Sierra Belmont: What do you mean who I am? I know who I am. My name is… My name is…
'What we need is a miracle.' - Jake Russell, 'Haven't you heard, Dad? Christmas is a time for miracles.' - Avy (Falling For Christmas) Click To Tweet
Jake Russell: Hey, what about fingerprints?
Sheriff Borden: Yeah, we took those when we brought her in. They’re not registered in our database, which just means she’s never been arrested, or possibly never even employed.
Sheriff Borden: Look, miss. I wish there was more that I could do, but we have procedures to follow when we’re dealing with a Jane Doe.
Sierra Belmont: A Jane Doe? I am not a Jane Doe!
Sheriff Borden: Well, I don’t know what else to call you. You’ve got no identity, no money, and no place to go.
Sierra Belmont: [after Jake offers she stay at his lodge] He is definitely a stranger. And I’m not about to follow him to some murder cabin in the woods.
Sheriff Borden: Jake owns the North Star Lodge.
Sierra Belmont: Oh, the North Star Lodge? Okay. Does it have room service?
Jake Russell: You know, it’s actually more of like a bed and breakfast type place.
Sierra Belmont: What kind of breakfast?
Jake Russell: On second thought, I think she’s probably better off here.
Tad Fairchild: Brilliant! Just absolutely bloody brilliant! What kind of crap forest doesn’t have a cell tower?
Tad Fairchild: Hello, this is Tad Fairchild. I’ve just survived a death-defying fall, and I’m currently stranded in a remote glacial forest. This recording will be a testament to my brave fight for life against all odds. But should anyone find my body, please upload this vid…
[suddenly his phone powers off]
'The worst tangles will sort themselves out if you just give them a little help.' - Sierra Belmont (Falling For Christmas) Click To Tweet
Jake Russell: [referring to the clothes] Alrighty. Went through the lost and found. Not sure if these will fit, but they’re better than scrubs. Guess they’ll have to do for now.
Sierra Belmont: Ew. Are these used?
Jake Russell: Probably. But, you know, sometimes guests leave things here by accident, so.
Sierra Belmont: [referring to the sweater] I’m not sure this was left here by accident.
Jake Russell: You know, we are out in the wilderness, so you’re bound to have a few visitors from time to time.
Sierra Belmont: Right. Well, they can stay out there.
Jake Russell: Yeah, I’ll let them know.
Jake Russell: Nice granny gown.
Sierra Belmont: Well, if that’s a compliment, I’ll take it.
Jake Russell: [to Sierra as she smashes the eggs into the pan] Well, you showed that egg who’s boss.
Bianca: [as they enter Sierra’s hotel room] She didn’t sleep here last night.
Security Guard: Are you sure? Maybe she made the bed?
Terry Carver: Miss Belmont make the bed? Not in this lifetime.
'Sometimes you can't rush things. You just have to take your time.' - Sierra Belmont (Falling For Christmas) Click To Tweet
Ralph: Hey, how about I whip us up some fried fish for breakfast? Sound good?
Tad Fairchild: Oh, I don’t eat fish. They are exotic pets in my saltwater aquarium at my condo in Manhattan.
Alejandra Carlisle: You haven’t been able to remember anything?
Sierra Belmont: No, but the doctor did say that if I did normal things, my memory might come back. But I wonder what she meant by “normal things”.
Sierra Belmont: This sheet is evil!
Alejandra Carlisle: Have you ever actually made a bed, dear?
Sierra Belmont: I don’t think so.
Sierra Belmont: Sometimes you can’t rush things. You just have to take your time. You know, my mom always said, “The worst tangles will sort themselves out if you just give them a little help.”
Sierra Belmont: [to the horse, Balthazar] I’d introduce myself, but I have no idea who I am. I can tell you I’m pretty much a useless human. I can’t do anything right. You’d think I’d have some sort of skill, wouldn’t you?
Sierra Belmont: It’s been almost two days. And, what, no one’s found me yet? I’m like unclaimed luggage.
Sierra Belmont: Jake. I just wanted to tell you I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone like you before. Because if I had, I would definitely remember it.
Sierra Belmont: Thank you for saving me.
Jake Russell: Any time.
Sierra Belmont: [referring to the Christmas tree angel] This is really beautiful. Why don’t you put it on the tree?
Jake Russell: Because it… I’m not ready to put it up.
Louise: [to Sierra] I don’t know what we’d do without Jake Russell. He volunteers. He donates money. I can’t even count how many charities he’s helped out in town. I just wish that there was some way that Summit Springs could show him how much he means to us all.
Jake Russell: So, think you’re going to remember any of this when you get your memory back?
Sierra Belmont: I’ll never forget it.
Jake Russell: We are standing under the mistletoe.
Sierra Belmont: Yes, we are.
Jake Russell: [as he’s about to kiss her] You know, maybe we shouldn’t do this. I mean, what if you’re with somebody.
Sierra Belmont: That would be unfortunate.
Jake Russell: For both of us.
Jake Russell: Look, I’m tired of struggling with this place. I’m tired of everything always breaking down. I’m tired of always wondering how we’re going to make it to the end of the month.
Sierra Belmont: Jake, you can’t turn your back on this lodge. I mean, think about all the memories you’ve made.
Jake Russell: I do. I do. All the time. And to be honest, you know, I’d be happy to let some of them go. And what do you know about memories? I mean, you can’t even remember your name!
Jake Russell: [to Sierra] It’s not you. Okay, actually, it is you. Look, ever since you got here, well, you’ve made me feel things, things that I didn’t ever think I was ever going to feel again. And, yes, you’re right. This place does have a lot of memories for me. I guess I’m just, you know, afraid of making new ones, even with somebody like you.
Sierra Belmont: [as she’s told them she plans to leave] There’s just been a change of plans.
Jake Russell: Yes, they have changed.
Avy: Dad. What is that?
Jake Russell: [referring to the Christmas tree angel] Something I’ve been saving for the right moment. But we need Sarah to help us put it up. Please.
Sierra Belmont: But you said…
Jake Russell: I know, but I don’t want to do this without you.
Tad Fairchild: [referring to the beans he’s eating] Hot.
Ralph: Yeah, they got a little kick. It can sneak up on you.
Tad Fairchild: Yep! Getting that kick now. Big kick! Not very sneaky.
Alejandra Carlisle: [to Sierra] You make Jake smile. He hasn’t done that in a long time.
Alejandra Carlisle: Don’t give up, Jake. You just need a little bit of faith.
Avy: Wow! Sarah. I love your dress. You look…
Jake Russell: Beautiful.
Sierra Belmont: [as they’re dancing, referring to the Christmas party] I have a really good feeling about tonight.
Jake Russell: Is it weird if I kind of hope nobody shows up?
Jake Russell: [referring to Sierra] None of this here tonight would be possible if it weren’t for a very special guest that we have staying here at the lodge. She’s changed the way I see, a lot of things, not the least of which is myself.
Sierra Belmont: Sierra. I remember that name. That’s my name.
Tad Fairchild: Well, of course it’s your name.
Sierra Belmont: Who are you?
Tad Fairchild: Hello? It’s me Tad Fairchild, your fiance.
Sierra Belmont: I’m engaged?
Sierra Belmont: I was skiing, and I fell, and I hit a tree. And then I ended up here, with you. Jake. With you.
Avy: Dad? Where is Sarah going?
Alejandra Carlisle: Her name is Sierra, honey. She’s going home.
Terry Carver: [as Sierra is making her bed] Miss Belmont, what are you doing?
Sierra Belmont: Oh, I’m just helping the housekeepers out a bit. It is Christmas after all.
Terry Carver: Are you feeling alright?
Sierra Belmont: Yeah.
Terry Carver: [referring to Sierra] She’s not acting like herself, and I thought you should know.
Tad Fairchild: That’s odd. Hope her experience at that dreadful hostel hasn’t traumatized her.
Avy: [referring to her Christmas wish] I wished for you to find someone to love. You take such good care of all of us. I just wanted you to have someone take care of you too. Someone like Sarah.
Jake Russell: Avy, honey, it’s just not that easy.
Avy: Sure, it is. You like her, don’t you?
Jake Russell: Well, yeah. But it’s not…
Avy: Did you ever tell her?
Jake Russell: Not in so many words, no.
Avy: There’s still time, Dad. I think you should tell her.
Avy: My Christmas wish. It is coming true.
Sierra Belmont: I’ll always be your daughter. I just, I need to find my own way. I hope you’re not angry.
Beauregard Belmont: Angry? No. I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of you.
Sierra Belmont: Really?
Beauregard Belmont: I told you I promised your mother that I’d take care of you. Well, looks like you’re starting to take care of yourself.
Tad Fairchild: Are you breaking up with me? On Christmas Day?
Sierra Belmont: I know you, Tad. You’ll be okay by New Year’s.
Tad Fairchild: Huh. Do you mind if I post about this on my page? My followers will love it. Nothing like a breakup to really add to your numbers.
Jake Russell: [thinking he’s talking to Sierra] Look, okay, I know we barely know each other, and you’ll probably going to think I’m crazy for saying this. But I can’t let you leave without telling you I’m falling in love with you.
Tad Fairchild: [rolls down the limo window] Well, that’s very flattering, but I have other plans.
Jake Russell: [after she’s told him she’s staying to help with the lodge] Well, you know what? There is this holiday tradition. But I bumped my head on the way over here, and for the life of me, I can’t remember what it is.
Sierra Belmont: [as he holds up a mistletoe] Yeah, I think I can help you out with that.
[she tosses the mistletoe aside and kisses Jake]
Jake Russell: What a Christmas, guys.
Sierra Belmont: Yeah, it’s one I’ll never forget.