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.
November 23, 2014
Wishin' and Hopin'
Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by award winning author
Wally Lamb. A vivid slice of 1960s life, Wishin' and Hopin' is a
wise-and-witty holiday tale that celebrates where we've been-and how far
we've come. In the small town of Three Rivers, Connecticut, we go
straight into the halls of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Parochial School with
Felix Funicello, a Catholic school fifth-grader in 1964, whose claim to
fame is his cousin Annette Funicello, the famous Mouseketeer and teen
movie queen. But grammar and arithmetic move to the back burner this
holiday season with the sudden arrivals of substitute teacher Madame
Frechette and feisty Russian student Zhenya Kabakova. While Felix learns
the meaning of French kissing, cultural misunderstanding, and tableaux
vivants, Wishin' and Hopin' barrels toward one outrageous Christmas!
Our Two Cents:
This movie is very reminicient of The Wonder Years and A Christmas Story. Being about 10-11 year old boys, who are begining to think about girls and get a little pervy, it has a just a few non-family friendly moments, but, as much as we love the romantic Christmas comedies, this story of little Felix was a refreshing change. Being about an Italian family didn't hurt it at all either! Definitely put this on your watch list.