The Noel Diary (2022) – Netflix Movie – A Romantic Christmas Movie

The Noel Diary is a Christmas movie directed by Charles Shyer starring Justin Hartley and Barrett Doss.

He is a lonely, lovely, dashing man. He likes jazz, has an adorable pooch and has to clear out his childhood home and trauma. She is a smart, pretty woman, and a great singer who is in search of her birth mom. What are the chances that these two dainty souls will have a Christmas-themed fling-a-ling?


Jacob is a successful yet lonely novelist. Right up to Christmas he is contacted by the executor of the estate of his estranged mother, who informs him of her passing a week prior. Jacob will have to spend Christmas cleaning out his childhood home. Going through many of his mother’s belongings he will find a diary written by a someone unknown. A woman shows up at the house saying she is looking for her biological mother, and they strike up a conversation. Will the old diary unlock their pasts and hearts?

The Noel Diary (2022)

Movie Review

Christmas is here, yes it is. With it comes this movie, full of charm, feel-good atmospherics, and perfect lead characters. Both lonely, and carrying familial baggage, which they can commiserate over. What are the odds? Will the stars converge this Christmas and let magic happen? Will everything fall into place and their wounds be healed? Well, we are not prone to dish out spoilers here, so we will leave it to you ti find out.

With a formulaic screenplay, full of cozy moments, assisted by the seasonal scenography, and a heartwarming score, this feature brings us the traditional Christmas feel. The performances are good, the actors Justin Hartley and Barrett Doss make the most out the roles they have been given. Kudos to them.

The Noel Diary (2022)

‘The Noel Diary’ does what it was meant to do, give us an easily digestible story, streamlined and formulaic, without too harsh dramas, and with just the right amount of sadness that can be healed with the Christmas spirit and love.

Release Date

November 24, 2022

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The Stars


Charles Shyer

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Charles Richard Shyer (born October 11, 1941) is an American film director, writer and producer. Shyer’s films are predominantly comedies, often with a romantic-comedy overtone. His films include Private Benjamin (1980); the critically acclaimed Irreconcilable Differences (1984); Baby Boom (1987); Father of the Bride (1991); and Father of the Bride Part II (1995), The Parent Trap (1998), The Affair of the Necklace (L’Affaire du Collier) (2001) and Alfie (2004). Read More


Justin Hartley / Jacob Turner

Barrett Doss / Rachel

Treat Williams

Bonnie Bedelia

Shelby Reitman Renee / Young Noel
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