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Comfort and Joy (2003)

Paul Dooley , Nancy McKeon , Maggie Greenwald  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Dooley, Nancy McKeon
  • Directors: Maggie Greenwald
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X2P93K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,533 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Jane Berry (Nancy McKeon) was a high-powered, single career woman before being knocked unconscious in a car accident on Christmas Eve. When she wakes up, she s told that she s a married stay-at-home mom with two children. After spending time with her family, Jane finds that she likes the loving wife and mother she has become, though she has no recollection of how she got there. The LIFETIME Original Movie COMFORT AND JOY also stars Steven Eckholdt as Jane s husband, and Dixie Carter as her feisty mother, Frederica, who is constantly meddling in her daughter s life.

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89 of 94 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I have always loved you" December 13, 2004
As soon as I heard Lifetime would release the movie "Comfort and Joy" DVD I jumped at the chance to own it! I already loved the movie and I wanted to add to my growing Christmas-themed movie collection.

The story stars Nancy McKeon as Jane Berry, a woman who gets the chance to live another life-- the life as a wife and mother, the self-described "New and improved Jane" after crashing her Jaguar into a post and generally being confused about her new identity.

It's a heartwarming romantic comedy set amongst the backdrop of the Christmas season. Jane's husband, Sam played by Steven Eckholdt does a fantastic job in his role.

Another delight of the movie was Dixie Carter bringing spunk to the role of Jane's mother Frederica. Other noteworthy performances are by Paul Dooley (Jane's father) and of course, the children.

The DVD version features a twenty-two minute featurette with cast interviews on topics ranging from destiny to holiday movies to dysfunctional family situations during the holidays.

Highly recommended for anyone looking for a fun movie that'll put a smile on your face.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine Holiday Fare August 24, 2007
A Lifetime Original Movie, this is a very similar film to Nicholas Cage's "Family Man." Nancy McKeon plays a very sucessful, yet emotionally unsatisfied, corporate executive. She is the epitome of the "21st century woman"- independent, powerful, beautiful apartment, expensive car- but is she really happy? Her empty relationship with a co-worker and dysfunctional family make it especially difficult to just plow through the holiday season without taking stock of what her life has become. Despite her outward success, the unspoken question in her mind is " How did I get here?"

The idea of a different life is put to the test when she has an accident and wakes up in an alternate reality as a wife, mother and pillar of her community. She also sees how her different life choices affect those around her. The alternate life does not come without its compromises (no expensive car or clothes in this version of life), but do the pros outweigh the cons? Are the benefits of this "new" life enough to make her stay? Are the experiences in the alternate life fulfilling enough to make her want to jump ship and set her sights for a new shore?

I won't answer that question. You'll have to see how it turns out for yourself.

It is a great movie for anyone who has ever wondered "what if" or who has thought that "the grass is always greener on the other side." It is a story about finding your life's balance and knowing that, whatever you choose, does not come without its sacrifices. Those sacrifices, however, if it's the right choice for you, are a small price to pay for true happiness and living your best life.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Charming Christmas Movie! October 7, 2005
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Comfort and Joy is a great Christmas movie, it was made for the Lifetime Television channel and it is now available on DVD. It stars Nancy McKeon and Stephen Eckholdt who both turn in some good acting performances in a movie that is similar to the Nicholas Cage movie Family Man and Stephen Eckholdt is really cute too and he reminds me of actor Mark Rufalow. Comfort and Joy is about a single workaholic businesswoman named Jane who bumps her head and wakes up to find herself living a life as a housewife and mother with no memory of any of it and thinking she has lost her mind. Okay Like I said before Nancy McKeon and Stephen Eckholdt are good in this movie but so are Dixie Carter and Paul Dooley as Jane's bickering parents and the child actors were good too and I highly recommend this movie!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Christmas Movie October 31, 2007
This movie was fun to watch. It's a nice and easy one to view while decorating for the holidays or just relaxing in your PJ's with a steaming cup of tea.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable! November 4, 2006
I seen this movie on lifetime, (I try to watch as many Christmas movies as I can). I didn't think I would like it at first, but I truley did. Nancy McKean gets in an accident and wakes up to a different life. She lived a very busy life by herself, she wakes up to a husband and children and doesn't want to be there. It has been a year since I have seen the movie I can't really remember how it ends, alls I know is that it is a good movie and I can't wait to catch it again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Christmas Fare March 8, 2007
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I love movies that offer the "what if" scenario. Nancy McKeon is down to earth and very likeable in her lead role. As the film begins, McKeon is presented as a very successful career woman, who lives alone. On her way home from the office, on Christmas eve, her car hits a patch of black ice and she swerves out of control, bumping her head in the process. What follows is akin to the plot in "The Family Man" (although not as well done). The man that rushes to her aid, claims to be her husband. He ushers her into the house across the street, despite her arguments, where two solicitous children begin calling her "mom." McKeon embarks on a journey to discover what is real and what is fantasy. It was a cute show.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort and Joy January 19, 2007
This is a great family movie, the plot is interesting, and has enough elements of an old fashioned Christmas to make you feel warm and sentimental. My family watches it every year at Christmas and sometimes once or twice in between. Nancy McKeon is a wonderful actress!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Movie
This has become one of my favorite Holiday movies. It is a spin on a Christmas Carol which makes you consider the importance of being happy or being successful.
Published 15 days ago by Misty
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Awesome!
I loved this movie...I actually ordered two copies in case something happened to one of them. Every movie Nancy McKeon stars in is fabulous. She's a great actress!
Published 21 days ago by Belinda Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for me
Purchased this as a replacement for an old cassette I had of it. Wanted to be able to play it on my DVD player. Very satisfied, Thank You
Published 22 days ago by Rosela Goulet
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie- family-friendly
this is not a great Christmas movie however it is a good family-friendly movie. It was a great price overall.
Published 1 month ago by Karen Wirtz
5.0 out of 5 stars provides me much joy to watch
I have a tradition of watching certain holiday movies every Christmas. This is now one of them. It's one of those feel-good movies.
Published 1 month ago by J. Daniels
1.0 out of 5 stars Be careful!
Sentimental Hallmark moment was not what I wanted--there's a foreign film with exactly the same name--but I had scouted the film earlier and was ordering too fast pre-Xmas. Read more
Published 1 month ago by GroverCat
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last!
Just ordered this jewel of a movie, couldn't wait to add my opinion. I love this movie! Didn't see it on teevee during the Christmas season, and missed watching it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars I like this movie
Nancy McKeon is not my favorite actress. That said I am surprised how much I like this movie. I saw it on lifetime when it was first made. Read more
Published 2 months ago by riley234
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Christmas Movie!
We enjoyed this movie so much on television, and wanted to own it. We were sorely disappointed when closed captioning was not available on this DVD. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Kathi Upchurch
4.0 out of 5 stars bought for someone as a gift
she had seen movie on tv and wanted to have her own copy - she has enjoyed watching it at her leisure
Published 2 months ago by betty clements
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