The Christmas Card
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Once in a while; a movie comes along that reminds us how powerful love can be. In the midst of war in Afghanistan; Captain Codey Cullen (John Newton; "Desperate Housewives") is touched by a lovely card sent by Faith Spelman ("The Chris Isaak Show") from the small picturesque town of Nevada City; California. As months pass; the card never leaves his side; giving him the strength to survive and setting him on a mission to find her. When Cody returns to the States; he finds himself coincidentally welcomed by her family and friends; but he remains hesitant to reveal the fateful connection that brought him to her. As a new Christmas approaches; Cody has one last opportunity to prove his courage - by taking a chance on love and finding the woman; the home; and the life he's always wanted.
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We meet Faith Spelman from Nevada City CA. who writes an annual Christmas card greeting that goes to Master Sergeant Cody Cullen serving in Afghanistan. He holds this card close to him and it pulls him through the extreme times during his service to our country. When Cody is asked to take a leave of duty back in the States after a long time of serving, he then coincidently goes to Nevada City where Faith and her family run the local lumber mill.
As far as Christmas-themed movies go, the scenery here is as picturesque as a card would look and takes on another character of its own. The story never drags; the cast is definitely tight and truly caring about family life, love, and loyalty. There is the eventual controversy amongst Faith’s suitors (or potential ones) in the plot, but what is a good story without a little conflict? This is a story of hope, faith, and the Christmas spirit that I can never get enough of year to year. I need more of these…
This purchase is a gift and I hope the recipient likes it as much as we do.
The story is very typical of Hallmark/Lifetime romances. As a frequent viewer of such movies, I can tell you that they often do a poor job---either acting, writing, directing, or some combination.
Overall, this one is well cast and well acted. The story is predictable, but warm and multi-faceted.
Only con for us is the rejected would-be fiance. He was truly annoying. It was hard to fathom why she would have been with him in the first place.
U.S. Army Sergeant Cody Cullen (John Newton) has stood watch for a long while now, and after a harrowing time in Afghanistan, it's his turn to rotate home just in time for the holidays. Sgt. Cullen is an orphan and has no one to return to. Back stateside, tooling around on his motorcycle, he pulls up at snowy Nevada City, California. He means to pass thru but ends up lingering for weeks. There, he meets the Spelman family, and is it a twist that it's the old patriarch, rather than the lovely daughter, who takes an instant shine to our soldier on leave?
In Nevada City the local church organizes Operation Christmas Card, a care program for which Faith Spelman (Alice Evans) patiently writes letters of encouragement to our troops abroad ("Dear Servicemember..."). Faith's gesture of good will is about to change her life forever.
Tune in to this movie and place your hand on your chest and feel your heart swell up. There's a quiet strength to the narrative.Sometimes, I'm in the mood for snarky films. Sometimes, I hanker for stories wherein the characters exhibit kindness, respect, and courtesy toward each other. The Christmas Card doesn't have much in the way of cynicism and snark. It presents folks who work hard and are decent and who love each other in steadfast ways. The Spelmans take in Sgt. Cullen, provide him with room and board, teach him to know his way around the family business, this lumber mill. Ed Asner raked in the 2007 Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor (in a Miniseries or Movie), and, as the gruff Luke Spelman, he serves as the impetus to the plot. You can catch him in a matchmaking temperament.
Good thing, too, as Faith and the sergeant, all they do is cautiously circle each other. Helping to gum up the works is Faith's smug boyfriend, Paul (Ben Weber), him what's an international wine broker. And maybe if the film has a false note, it's that it portrays this guy as so obviously not right for Faith. Paul looks like a punier version of Simon Garfunkel, which doesn't help his cause.
I basked in the cozy, small-town Christmas atmosphere. Shot on location, snow-laden Nevada City and its outskirts are something to look at. I marveled at the Spelmans' roomy log house, the cheer and glow of it. I savored the performances. You never catch the actors trying too hard. I could say that John Newton's performance was too restrained, that he could've demonstrated more spark. But the truth is that there's enough spark in him, especially when he's sharing screen time with Alice Evans. And Alice Evans... she's someone I could watch all day. She's beautiful in this unaffected manner. She seems real, like a person who would actually take the time to write to strangers she's never met. And for Sgt. Cullen, recipient of one of her letters, those words of concern became his lifeline during a terrible tour of duty. Writing to our lonely boys overseas isn't a new tradition. It's been done for years and years. It's even the linchpin in the plot of one of my favorite movies ever, Dear Ruth (1947). All the elements are present to make The Christmas Card a modern-day holiday classic. My list of must-see films during the Yuletide season keeps on growing. But there'll always be room for The Christmas Card.
This is a story about a handsome soldier named Cody, who receives a christmas card from a complete stranger, who happens to be a very beautiful woman named Faith Spelman. The words in Faith's christmas card keeps Cody going during the war, in Afganstan. When Cody returns to the USA, he makes a special, long trip to Nevada City, to find and meet Faith. And guess what Cody falls in love with Faith, and her wonderful family! And when Faith's long distance boyfriend Paul arrives on the scene ,things start to change forever for Cody and Faith!
I so loved the Spelman's beautiful home, and I loved the pretty outdoor scenes! And I just love handsome men ,who love working outdoors, and also men who have a sense of humor, and men who have a gentle heart of pure gold, as all the men in this movie have!
I so loved, the Spelman's beautiful MAGIC SPOT, WHERE THE MAGIC BEGINS, and I loved the church scene with Cody, and the cafe scene with Cody and Faith! I am a country girl and I so loved the ole-timey feel of the cafe scenes, and church scenes!
This clean, sweet love story, is for all the USA SOLDIERS, my heros, who are waiting to get mail from home.
I want to THANK ALL THE USA SOLDIERS, FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, FOR OUR FREEDOM! AND I WANT TO THANK EACH USA SOLDIER FOR YOUR AMAZING COURAGE!
This is a special movie, you just feel the love the Spelman's have for each other, and how they sincerely welcome, Cody into their life! I just love it, and the lovely small hometown, and I will watch this movie again and again! It makes you feel like true love is possible, and it makes you feel safe!