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Family friendly story of a small town Christmas pageant with a big city director.
on October 3, 2012
Vera is a diva director who gets fired from her third job in one year in the opening scenes of this movie. When all else fails, her manager (played well by veteran singer Steve Lawrence), lands her a job as director of a Christmas pageant in a small town. Shortly after arriving she encounters her former boyfriend, Jack, in the local coffee shop, which he owns. After her first disastrous meeting with her cast of characters (and you can apply that in two ways), she packs back up and calls a taxi to come get her so that she can catch a train back to New York. But with encouragement from the perceptive owner of the B&B where she was lodging, she remains.
She alienates herself from some of the townspeople by her desire to change things and endears herself to others by bringing out their hidden talents. And along the way she is enchanted by Jack's young daughter (who is charming) and her heart is touched by the genuine warmth and acceptance of the community.
Then her manager calls with a too-good-to-be-true offer to direct back in New York--starting in two days. Vera is torn, but feels like she would be crazy to turn down such a career opportunity. Much to the disappointment of her cast, Jack and his daughter, she returns to New York. But this is a feel-good Christmas movie, so you know there is a happy ending.
This is basically a family-friendly movie. I caught one use of the Lord's name in vain. There were no illicit relationships, no crude language, nothing suggestive. I like Mailhouse and Gilbert and this was a heartwarming little holiday flick.