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Holiday Switch (2007)

Bret Anthony , Nicole Eggert , Bert Kish  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bret Anthony, Nicole Eggert
  • Directors: Bert Kish
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X2P98K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,979 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Holiday Switch" on IMDb

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Is the grass really greener along the road not taken? Holiday Switch, a charming and well-acted TV film, examines that question through the life of Paula (Nicole Eggert), a harried housewife whose sweet husband, Gary (Bret Anthony), is struggling to make ends meet for his family. Paula is never caught up on her laundry, she has the worst haircut ever given to a human person, and she longs for an easier life, a little pampering, a husband with money and influence. Is that so wrong? When she bumps into her high-school boyfriend, Nick (Brett Le Bourveau), a successful art dealer, her fantasies run wild. The next thing Paula knows, she wakes up in a different reality--in a much ritzier zip code. In the manner of It's a Wonderful Life or Sliding Doors, Paula is suddenly plopped into a parallel universe--the luxe life with Nick that she thinks she's always wanted. The first day is fun--Paula gets to play dress-up and drench herself in jewelry, furs, great designer clothes, and every luxury she can imagine (though, oddly, she is still stuck with that bad haircut). But before long she realizes the dangers of wanting something just beyond one's reach--and not being grateful for what really matters. Eggert throws herself enthusiastically into the role of both Paulas, and her gradual realization of what she loves and misses about sweet old blue-collar Gary is conveyed with subtlety and nuance. But Paula's new, fractured life doesn't seem to be a dream she can awaken from--and Paula's heartache is palpable. Holiday Switch is set at Christmastime, so that the themes of family, gratitude, and the value of love over material possessions ring even more true. You see, Paula? You really have had a wonderful life. --A.T. Hurley

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It s a week before Christmas, and Paula (Nicole Eggert) is struggling with bills, life with her blue-collar husband Gary and her two daughters. So when Nick, her high school boyfriend, returns to town a wealthy art gallery owner, Paula begins to wonder where she would be if she had stayed with him and not Gary. When Paula makes a holiday wish to see what life would have been like had she made another choice, she is magically transported through her washer/dryer to a parallel life where she is Nick s wife. At first, this other life seems the answer to her dreams, as she shops and dines out with her newfound wealth. But she soon realizes that the grass is NOT always greener on the other side. Her relationship with Nick is in shambles, and she misses her real husband Gary and her two girls. When she sees Gary and her kids living a happy life with another woman, she wishes for just one more Christmas gift--to have back the life she didn t appreciate.

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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware what you wish for! October 11, 2010
Have you ever thought that your life could have been so much better if only you had taken a different turn at some point?

Paula Ferguson runs into her old boyfriend at Christmas time. He's turned out to be a wealthy art dealer, living a life of luxury. At least that's the way it seems to the hard-working Paula, struggeling with debt, housework and family issues -- just like the rest of us. She makes a wish, and ends up transported into the alternate reality of her dreams. Of course, in the end, Paula would give just about anything to get back to her real world. But, this time, the wishing doesn't work!

Holiday Switch was very cleverly done, and is a step above lots of other Christmas movies about dreams being granted.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Krazy 4 Kristmas September 23, 2010
I watched this movie more than once on t.v. and loved it!!! It has a great message, but is not too "corny". Makes you think of how great your life really is!!
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have September 20, 2010
i loved this movie. saw it on t.v. and cant wait to own it. such a wonderful christmas show. A must have for your christmas collection.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Switching Christmas Wishes December 18, 2010
This movie is about wishing for something that may be impossible to have because it may not turn out to be for the best.
Nicole Eggert was awesome in this movie. She plays a woman named Paula, an aspiring artist, who along with her construction working husband, Gary, and two daughters, Eleanor and Olivia, are struggling to make ends meet. One day, she runs into an ex-boyfriend, Nick, who's married, and (unfortunately) [wealthy], and in the art gallery business. She actually does visit Nick's place. Another day, Paula is in her basement, and unexpectedly hears voices coming through her washer/dryer. She peeks inside, and winds up bumping her head, then is out cold. Suddenly, she has a dream where she wonders what it would be like if she was married to Nick, and was [wealthy]. She hears the voices again through the washer/dryer, and crawls her way through it like she's in a magic tunnel, into Nick's house, and discovers that she's his wife. She then discovers that Nick is selfish, ungrateful, and unfaithful. She also discovers that Gary has been hired by Nick to set up a Christmas display, then discovers that he's married to a woman named Janine. Paula asks Gary if he remembers their time together. Gary says he does, but that's now history. Paula is in a real bind, and wishes for her old life back. Eventually, at the Christmas party, Gary visits, and presents Paula with a gift. Paula is overjoyed. She and Gary kiss, then the dream fades, and she's back into her basement, and comes to, so the wish of having her old life back comes true. Her family is supporting her. They go upstairs, and have a nice Christmas with family and friends. Gary even surprises Paula with a new gold Christmas ornament. So eventually, things are okay in the end (and financially too, I think). Paula then realizes she has a better life with Gary, than with Nick.
This was a great movie. An interesting Christmas fantasy.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made For TV Gem November 29, 2010
By Helen
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This is one of the few made for tv holiday movies that isn't too cheesy. It's well acted and has a great message. I was so excited to stumble across it here on Amazon. I can't wait to receive it so I can watch it over and over again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up for a Lifetime Christmas movie! December 5, 2010
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This is another new Christmas movie for us this year. This was fun, funny, silly, and still had some serious moments that many people are facing--divorce, little money, bickering about the little things in life, wanting more "stuff" or the grass-is-greener-on-the-other-side feelings.

It is a heartwarming movie, but not as predictable as most. Again, around 85-90 minutes running time, so short enough to play without committing to a marathon of movie watching. I did not recognize any of the actors in this, which makes it easier for me to watch sometimes because I'm not looking at the actor as much as the story.

Like A Nanny for Christmas, this is very tame, but I would rate it PG only because very young kids might not enjoy it. Also good for 8 years old and up, I'd say, but nothing too adult if there are young kids walking through the room--no profanity, no nudity, no politics, just a simple Christmas movie. I'd say kind of a cross between It's a Wonderful Life and Cinderella. Another fun movie for a slumber party for young preteens and teens. Also a safe movie to show during family gatherings since most people have probably never seen it before.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars so excited this is on dvd!! October 26, 2010
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I have been waiting for this movie to come on dvd since I seen it on Lifetime!! This is a christmas movie I could watch over and over again!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable to watch, if a little unbelievable January 7, 2011
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Okay, I love a cheesy holiday movie. Really, I do (Borrowed Hearts, sigh). But this one just left out some key plot info that would have made the story easier to believe and understand. It was fun to see her go from frumpy-in-my-bath-robe and mean-to-my-hard-working-if-poor-husband to rich-wife-abusing-credit-card. And I liked the whole idea that wealth cannot buy happiness and that real happiness comes from family and the relationships we have. However, I would recommend Comfort and Joy over this one for the same message. And of course, Borrowed Hearts is the mother of all cheesy holiday movies.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Was not in good condition
I did not return this tape , maybe I should have but I did not want to go through the problem of going to the ups store
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas So Down to Earth
If you enjoy watching Christmas movies, get this. So down to earth. Very good. I totally enjoyed it. I Love Christmas!!
Published 6 months ago by Tammy D
5.0 out of 5 stars Proves the grass isn't greener on the other side!
A great insight into the fact that most of us aren't appreciative of what we have until it's not ours anymore.
Published 6 months ago by Gail E. Boaz
4.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Switch
This is one of those "what if" movies. "What if she had made a different choice" and does she turn out any happier than she is now ? Would things be any better? Read more
Published 7 months ago by lisa "whodunitbandit"
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Movie
Love this holiday movie! Even though it is on TV at Christmas, I love to watch it throughout the year. Has a great lesson to teach.
Published 7 months ago by B. Hargett
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IS BETTER THAN MONEY!
Beautiful story depicting the hardships of a typical married couple and the comparison tale of the same woman, as the wife of a frivolous, wealthy man. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lilimar
5.0 out of 5 stars Love holiday movies
I love the older holiday movies. They don't play them much on TV, during the Christmas season. It's nice to own them.
Published 8 months ago by debbie
5.0 out of 5 stars movie
I watch this every year at christmas time so much so that I had to purchaed a couple of it for myself.
Published 8 months ago by Shelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Holiday Switch - Wonderful movie!
I love this movie! It reminds us that we need to count our blessings in whatever situation we find ourselves. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dee Svatos
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun movie to watch during the holidays.
It just shows you that you should be careful what you wish for, 'cause you just might get it. The grass is always greener on the other side!. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Linda Ricketts
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