This Weekend: An En Vogue Christmas

Free Your Mind and give Lifetime's An En Vogue Christmas a chance.
An En Vogue Christmas (Photo: Ian Watson / Lifetime)

Hold on: there’s An En Vogue Christmas movie? Don’t let go, Lifetime, you’re never gonna get it. Whatever.

Despite 80-90% of the stuff I post on here, I am not made of stone. If I see a listing for a TV movie titled An En Vogue Christmas, you better believe I will watch. Yes, it’s a holiday movie (hmmm) on Lifetime (hmmmmmmmmm), but when they have the actual singers playing themselves some liberties can be taken.1

Let me be clear: this movie is fiction and not a biopic. You will know that to be the case about 10 seconds in when the current configuration of the group—original members Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron along with Rhona Bennett—are seen as up-and-comers at the Opera House nightclub. Never mind that Bennett didn’t join the group until 2003. Or that the group was a quartet2 for 20 of its 25 years. Or that they had other songs besides “Free Your Mind,”which you had better enjoy because you will hear it A LOT in this two-hour film.

The main story actually revolves around Kendall (Genelle Williams), the daughter of the Opera House owner and niece of the house manager Marty (David Allen Grier). As an adult, Kendall has become a talent manager herself and learns that the Opera House will be closing down. Marty needs some sort of Christmas miracle to keep the place afloat, so Kendall tries to reunite En Vogue for a Christmas show.3 Although the women of the trio have their own assorted dramz, the crux of the story rests on Kendall coming to terms with the truth about her father who passed away when she was younger.

The main story is not too terribly interesting, which is why the movie needs En Vogue to hook the viewer. However, this movie could have easily been “A Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam Christmas” or “A Nu Shooz Christmas” or “A Spice Girls Christmas”4 without affecting the story one iota. Fortunately, the trio is game and are actually in the Top 4 of acting chops in this particular cast.

Is An En Vogue Christmas appointment TV? Not at all. But we do get to hear the women sing quite a bit—more than just “Free Your Mind”—and they can still jam on the harmonies. This will make pleasant background noise on a wintry afternoon.

An En Vogue Christmas debuts at 8pm/7c Saturday, November 22 on Lifetime.

  1. Lifetime will be taking all the liberties, just FYI.  
  2. and sometimes a quintet  
  3. It should be noted the group last toured in 2012 so…yeah.  
  4. WHOA. A sequel to Spice World that is also a Christmas movie. BRB, about to make a zillion bucks.  

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Mike has been writing about TV online since 2008, when he started the blog WTF Little House on the Prairie? The blog was a project to practice writing about television analytically prior to getting an MA in Television-Radio-Film from Syracuse University, or as he likes to call it “TV Camp.” After a lengthy stint at TVLatest, Mike wanted to launch a site that brought in classic TV, diamonds in the rough, and the shows everybody watches. E-mail: mike@whatelseison.tv