Christmas with a Capital C
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Christmas has always been a time of love and tradition in small town Trapper Falls; hometown of Mayor Dan Reed (Ted McGinley). With his brother Greg (Brad Stine), they drape the town in Christmas cheer concentrating on the nativity scene. When Dan's high school rival Mitch Bright (Daniel Baldwin) returns home after 20 years, he takes offense to seeing the town's Nativity scene in violation of separation of church and state. Mitch wants the Nativity scene removed and the word Christmas switched to Happy Holidays. Dan's wife Kristen (Nancy Stafford) and their daughter show the true meaning of Christmas by launching a "Christmas with a Capital C" campaign as an effort to keep the town together. Trapper Falls learns the lesson that with the arrival of Christmas, good will was to be given to all; even those whose heart seem closed to Him.
"Love triumphs over political correctness." --Movieguide
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There's teenage romance, a Mayor's race, a ski race, and Mitch (Daniel Baldwin, yes Alec's bro) returns after 20 years to oppose the long-time Mayor's (Ted McGinley) reelection as well as City Hall's use of a "Merry Christmas" banner and an antique local Alaskan's nativity carving. More than the "Merry Christmas" vs "Happy Holiday" issue is a greater theme of "goodwill to all men" & "peace on Earth."
Two magnificent aspects shine like tree-topping angels.
First is the filming location of Seward, Alaska; converted to Trapper Falls, small town of 4000 and home of moose burgers. Scenery is breathtaking. Local Alaskan's know that.
Second is an absolute show-stopper performance in a scene when the Mayor's brother, Greg (Brad Stine-Christian comedian) explains the Christ birth story to 3 youth. He rolls, an animated Christian Christmas fanatic, ranting like Robin Williams, and stealing the best segment of the entire film. It was intentional, as much of the segment was taken from his stand-up comedy routine, written into the film by the writer.
The film ends with the spectacular scene of the life-size hand carved town's crèche (now privately owned and displayed) set up with Alaskan mountains as a backdrop. Credits roll including "It's Called Christmas with a Capital C" music by Go Fish, a song the movie was based upon.
The 81 min. film does have SUBTITLES and a Dove Approval.
Bonus stuff: Commentary option; Behind the Scenes-24 min; Highway 101 Bio-8 min; Highway 101 Music video; 6 Trailers.
Highly recommended Christian Family Film viewing. A keeper to watch every year. Although the constitutional question of City Hall Christmas political correctness is included; look instead to the greater story of reaching out to others at Christmas, even to a life-long rival. That theme works for all, regardless of your name for the Holiday. The happy ending is universal, something like Dickens's Christmas Carol. Merry Christmas.
comfortable traditions the townspeople get nowhere, while in the flesh. However, when they allow themselves to be humbled and seek God's grace and guidance, things turn around. In their strength nothing but frustration is accomplished. In God's strength, peace and restoration come shining through, all to God's glory. The message is elemental to the Christian walk. Well done with above par acting. Recommended!
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