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Hoax for the Holidays

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A rebellious teenage girl discovers the true nature of miracles when her father begins to believe her holiday-season hoax is a special sign to him.

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  • Actors: Callum Keith Rennie, Martha MacIsaac, Ricky Mabe, Cory Bowles
  • Directors: George Mihalka
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: MTI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005KVY3ZC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,089 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When it came out in 2010, this film's original title was "Faith, Fraud & Minimum Wage"-- adapted by Josh MacDonald from his stage play "Halo". Released on DVD in 2011, its title was changed to "Hoax for the Holidays", presumably so it could be marketed as a Christmas film. In a way, it is one, as it does take place during that season. However, it's not at all like "It's A Wonderful Life", although it features a film-fan priest who proposes screening that particular movie to cheer up the economically-depressed town. Russ Hunt, who reviewed the original 2003 theatre production, noted that this is "a Christmas show that might actually struggle through the fog of saccharine around the holiday and actually generate a bit of clarity, about miracles, and death, and loneliness". And I agree with his assessment, since it gets at some pretty deep issues about faith, betrayal, and what friendship and community really mean. So if you don't mind your Christmas stories on the dark and bittersweet side, this could be for you.

The story is set in the fictional town of Nately, Nova Scotia. The main character is a smart, skeptical girl named Casey, who like so many rural teens is hoping to leave for the city someday. In a moment of frustration after unfair treatment by her employer at the local donut shop, Casey turns a small act of vandalism into a prank that gets out of hand.

The film charts the upheaval this causes in the town, when Casey's boss decides to take advantage of the burgeoning crowds who flock to see what they believe to be a miraculous image of Jesus (or possibly Willie Nelson). It shows us the devout believers without making them seem laughable.
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was not the movie i thought it was, but i ended up enjoying it. it has a good christmas message about knowing yourself.
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funny & sad & deep, this was not exactly the sentimental movie I'd expected from the box art. Good off-the-beaten-path movie for the holidays.
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This is a CANADIAN film--which you'd not notice except for the foreign currency.
This film contains O-N-E objectionable word that prompted the label on the DVD box:
"WARNING: THIS FILM CONTAINS COURSE LANGUAGE"
It is closed captioned, and subtitled in Spanish.

Casey (Martha MacIsaac) is a small, pretty, dark haired, dark-eyed girl that looks
to be about 17. She might still be in highschool. She works at the local doughnut
shop, and in a moment of defiance throws a cup of coffee on a white brick wall, rubs
the mess around a bit, and there it is: the face of Jesus-- some people say it looks
like Willie Nelson.
Casey's family is Catholic. She's an atheist, most-likely bedcause her older sister
is comatose; it isn't explained-- she just IS.
I won't go into deep detail for personal reasons, but I found the movie to be acceptable
fare-- at least to me. It is more of a FORGIVENESS and FAITH film than a Christmas one.
I enjoyed it, and hope the price goes down a little bit so we ALL can afford it.
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