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The 12 Days of Christmas Eve (2004)

Steven Weber , Mark Krysko , Martha Coolidge  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Steven Weber, Mark Krysko, Chad Willett, Teryl Rothery, Vincent Gale
  • Directors: Martha Coolidge
  • Writers: J.B. White, Jean Abounader
  • Producers: Craig McNeil, J.B. White, Jean Abounader, Jody Brockway, Jordy Randall
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B6H1Y6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The 12 Days of Christmas Eve" on IMDb

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WISHY WASHY AND UNORIGINAL WITH A FEW LAUGHS November 14, 2005
The 12 Days of Christmas is one of those rather innane made-for-tv Christmas movies that crop up every holiday season. I believe this was a USA network picture as I recall. The movie basically borrows elements from Groundhog Day, It's A Wonderful Life, and Scrooge to arrive at its story. Steven Weber, a fairly likable actor plays Calvin a business owner who has taken the family store and built it into a national chain. But this has of course hurt him in his personal life leading to his marriage disolving and alienating his son and brother.

Calvin has an accident and wakes up to find that he's essentially dead...He's meets Nurse Angie who is his guardian Angel and he is told, ala Scrooge that he has 12 days to set things right with the rest of his family and his life...or else. Shannon provides most of the laughs in her own usual manic way, basically hammering Calvin over the head on what he has to do. And of course in the end we have Calvin discovering the true meaning of Christmas and he sets things right with his family. The performances were very good it's just too bad there wasn't more of an original story for them to work with.
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes you find a diamond December 13, 2005
This was a wonderful movie. Not only was it heartwarming but it illustrated a gospel point better than any other movie I have ever seen. Jesus said "You must lose your life to save it." and this is the lesson Calvin learns. When he stops trying to manipulate the situation and just does what is right (another gospel point), he abandons himself to just enjoying the time he has with his family. Noboby ever lies on their death bed and says "gee I wish I had taken my family business public!" or "nice family, but I'm really bummed about that business failing 30 years back." Watch this movie and get your priorities straight.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected November 7, 2006
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I watched this movie expecting to be bored as I have been by other movies where the same day played over and over. I was surprised that this movie didn't bore me, but instead left me anxious to see what would happen next. The guy, played by Steven Weber, thinks he has just experienced this best Christmas Eve of his life because of a great business deal. He has 12 chances to realize what a "best Christmas" really is, and he must figure it out for himself with no hints from his nurse/angel, or it will actually be his last Christmas Eve.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute December 4, 2005
A cute modernized "remake" (or rip-off) of ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE.

Weber makes the film.

Of course he really wasn't such a bad guy to start with which throws the story a little out of whack... heck, he saved the family business from Chapter 11 and made it a success so the whole family is now financially secure.... cut the guy some slack!!

We watched this the same day as the Pitt/Jolie movie MR AND MRS SMITH and actually enjoyed this one a bit more.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Only 10 Days were worth the movie January 9, 2007
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I returned this movie. Being a Christmas movie fan, I could see no need to retain this in my home. The main reason - the producers found it necessary to include in one of the Christmas Eve's a portion of the main character being extremely self-absorbed -- he buys everything he wants, treats people anyway he wants -- which OK is what self-absorbed people do, however, I didn't need the scene where he has self-fulfilling sex with his girlfriend. The whole bed scene could have been eliminated, even if the producers alluded to it.

At best, the acting was B-rated.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SCROOGE MEETS GROUNDHOG DAY November 26, 2006
Coming up with new ideas for Christmas movies must be a hard task for movie producers. This charming little holiday nugget combines the reliving the same day elements from GROUNDHOG DAY with the perennial tale of Ebenezer Scrooge as a man given a chance to make his life correct.

In this version, Steven Weber is quite good as Clarence Klein, a corporate exec who opts to spend Christmas Eve courting the head of a South American company interested in his stores, The Buck Stops Here. Patricia Valesquez is charming in this role and adds some love interest (?) as well. After a succesful day with Velasquez, while missing his son's Christmas concert and using a reservation for a fancy restaurant from his current squeeze, Klein is killed when the huge pointing finger logo sign crushes him. He ends up in the hands of angel/Angie Molly Shannon who informs him he has 12 chances to make things right.

Weber tries everything from working in a soup kitchen to giving away 1.2 million dollars to try and earn a new chance but of course it takes him the full twelve days and eleven more deaths to see the light.

Weber's charming performance and Shannon's acerbic turn spark the movie and make it a delightful holiday movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 Days of Christmas Eve April 14, 2008
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This movie is done with an excellent sense of humor but also has a good Christmas message included. I loved it and will watch it every year!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars a christmas repeat.... December 17, 2007
Really, the main character has to repeat this day of dying many, many times before he gets it right! It is way too much like Ground Hog day but less funny. The crudeness and unbelievableness makes this a two star movie. I don't recommend it as a family movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A great feel-good movie for the whole Family
A feel good movie that not only brings the laughs, but does a great job at keeping every scene fresh and non-repetitivec
Published 8 months ago by Charlie Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars YAY!
Absolutely psyched that I found this movie! I have been looking for it for my mother for a while now. The movie itself is SOOO funny and I can't wait to watch it! Read more
Published 10 months ago by S. Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and Funny Holiday Movie
My wife and I first saw this movies on TV. We loved it then and loved it even more when we watched it after purchasing the DVD. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Steve Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I love in a Christmas movie!
I am a total sucker for Christmas movies, and they can cheer me up any time of year. No matter how many times the themes and character types are repeated, I can always find... Read more
Published 22 months ago by J. Arena
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
My husband and I enjoy this with our annual Christmas DVD viewings. This is such an unusual and fun seasonal gift.
Published on January 1, 2012 by Kathy J. Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
This movie is probably one of the lesser known movies about Christmas, but it is very good and always amongst the first that I watch at Christmastime. Read more
Published on November 14, 2011 by Sue's Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The 12 Days of Christmas Eve
The write-up looked good to me so I purchased the movie. I remember when the movie aired on TV and I missed watching it so I was glad that Amazon had it for sale. Read more
Published on September 19, 2011 by Mark
3.0 out of 5 stars Christmas Meets "Groundhog Day"
This is a Christmas version of "Groundhog Day". I was disapointed that comedienne Molly Shannon wasn't given a script worthy of her talent. Read more
Published on November 20, 2009 by BRIAN A. O'DELL
4.0 out of 5 stars Movie Can Help Determine What Makes For A Perfect Christmas Eve
People are the most important items on my list today. Really they should be the most important items every day. Read more
Published on November 30, 2008 by susan wright
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