Holiday movies fill our hearts with joy. Between Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas, It's a Wonderful Lifetime (or Fa La La La Lifetime, if you prefer) and ABC Family's 25 Days of Christmas, there are so many movies and so little time.
To help you, our friends, we have sacrificed by watching as many of these movies as possible and will give you our two cent review. Hopefully this will help you know what you do or do not want to watch.
December 13, 2008
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Jennifer Cullen (Brooke Burns) is a single, working mom who has become
somewhat of a Scrooge when it comes to the Holiday season. Even her
six-year-old son Brian is having trouble believing in Santa Claus. When
Jen’s Uncle Ralph (Henry Winkler), a retired police officer, comes to
visit for Christmas, he brings along a new friend, a nomad and
Jack-of-all-trades named Morgan Derby (Warren Christie). The two met on a
flight, and Morgan’s plans to continue on to Denver are cancelled when
he finds out the city is completely snowed in. Jen is wary of the
stranger, but at Ralph’s request, agrees to let him stay the night. She
warms up to Morgan, especially when she sees how he interacts with
Brian. Uncle Ralph approves of Morgan, too, but Jen’s boyfriend Richard
isn’t nearly as receptive. Meanwhile, Morgan has started to really like
Jen, but if she can’t manage to make Christmas about anything more than
business, Morgan will be on his way to Denver, and she’ll have missed
the opportunity that was right in front of her. Uncle Ralph has done
what he can to keep Morgan around, but it’s going to take something more
than that to get him penciled into Jen’s long-term plans. Jen just
needs to learn “how to do Christmas,” and it turns out Morgan is the
perfect one to teach her.
Our Two Cents:
Jennifer starts out being a bit unlikeable, but don't let that turn you off. It takes a little while, but she does go through a bit of a transformation and by the end, hopefully, you will be rooting for her. Henry Winkler co-stars as our meddling matchmaker. It's a fairly predictable story (it seems to be a common Christmas movie plot) with a few odd moments and but some that we find effectively funny.