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This is very family friendly, aside from a couple of casual uses of the Lord's name. There is no potty humor, or swearing, or violence. There is nothing suggestive--in fact, when Mary is on her weekend away with her boyfriend, they actually get separate rooms at the lodge. How often does that happen in movies these days? Though family friendly, I don't know that it will interest young children. It is mostly about people and relationships and faith. There is no major conflict in the plot.Read more ›
Not being a huge fan of Thomas Kinkade, my wife suggested we buy and view this film. Now I'm glad. The Kinkade connection is from one of his paintings. So here we have a G-rated; cozy romance being a result of fate; a save the lodge campaign where its past aligns with its future; it is hope-faith-dreams coming true; through generations of family.
Cast is lead by Mary (Erin Karpluk-TVs "Being Erica") who decides to take the lodge by the horns to save it. Jack (Michael Shanks-TVs "Stargate") is the lodge builders' ancestor trying to keep it alive. Mary's sis Cathie is Victoria Banks, a 1st time acting role, but she also writes and sings 2 tunes for the film: "The Greatest Gift" & "You Believe in Angels". Good stuff. The rest of the cast is not your Oscar-winning stars, but they do make this an enchanting evening in the mountains, with an abundance of beautiful scenic shots. You can almost feel the log fire crackling, aromatic, heat.
Tradition lives on as surely as the family ancestors who put their eternal faith in Christ. It's a new worthy Christmas heart-warmer story in the tradition of "Miracle on 34th Street."
Closed Captioning is available.
Bonus is a "Making of...", trailer, and a Kinkade lodge painting ad.
Dove Family Approved viewing for all ages. It's what my generation used to call "A Norman Rockwell Christmas". Perhaps now we should say, "A Kinkade Christmas."
This is definitely a faith and family movie. There should be more of this type genre as it has a willing audience. I really wanted to like this movie, but I couldn't seem to "get over" some of its glaring faults. First, Mary's mother is far older than her father, and even, elderly. In fact, she would be much better paired with the grandfather. Mary's father is only middle-aged. I couldn't get past that. It bothered me! Her mother, along with Mary's brothers and sister, were so underdeveloped that the movie fell flat. Mary's mother had too little to say in her interactions and seemed unnatural in her role. The brothers were just "there". Surely, though, that is the difference between Hollywood actors who are paid millions and a low budget film with more than likely, "volunteer" actors. The lead actors: Mary, her father, her grandfather, Jack and Charlene performed quite well, but it just wasn't enough to make this a 4 or 5-star movie. Well, I hope that "they" don't give up. I am a fan of family movies as well as a nice old-fashioned romance. The story itself was heartwarming and would read well as a novel.
Mary's mother looks more like her grandmother and her father is middle aged. Yes, I know there are marriages with major age differences but this seemed "off" and perhaps it was because the mother & father interacted more like roommates instead of husband & wife. The mom acted sort of like a Stepford Wife. Mary's relationship with her boyfriend of one year interacted like they were on their second date or maybe a brother & sister-not believable either.
I feel that if the movie had stronger actors & a better budget it could have done well but I realize that it is a seasonal movie with limited show time & audience.
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