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Holiday Baggage tells the story of a marriage and family who rediscover the meaning of Christmas when pediatrician by day, single mom by night, Sarah, invites her estranged husband, Pete, back to their suburban home for the holidays. They agree that he can stay only on one condition, he must reconcile with their daughters before she agrees to finalize their divorce.
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Pete was carrying a whole lot of baggage in the form of a soon-to-be ex-wife, one sad daughter who is pregnant, one angry daughter whose wedding he did not attend and a soon-to-be new wife near his daughter's age. Then along comes a heart attack, right after he informs his wife he is remarrying and hands her divorce papers to sign. Since Pete refuses to stay in the hospital where he belongs, his doctor wife, Sarah, takes him into her home.
His stay extends through Thanksgiving and Pete begins to feel the tug of his heart, as he remembers holidays past and begins to recognize there is an irreplaceable history here. As Christmas rolls around, an incident occurs that proves to be a pivotal point. It allows his eldest daughter to air her hurt and anger, while his younger daughter reveals her deep sadness. Pete is convicted and realizes the damage he has caused. As his youngest daughter is in labor, Pete makes a decision that will change his family's life for the better.
This movie is about realizing when we need to drop some baggage in order to carry the baggage that matters most. Baggage doesn't have to be something negative. The baggage Pete ends up carrying are the pieces of his family's history - the family he and Sarah created, nurtured and now can watch grow through a grandparent's eyes. This baggage is lightweight and valuable. Enclosed in its interior are memories of love and laughter and hurt and reconciliation and forgiveness. All the things that make a life worthwhile.
Admitting you made a colossal mistake and asking for forgiveness is not always easy, but when you receive that forgiveness it can change your life. The domino effect of the father apologizing and the mother's act of forgiveness brings peace and joy to a splintered, hurting family.
Barry Bostwick and Cheryl Ladd are ideal for their roles, displaying emotions realistically. They also have great on-screen chemistry that makes their love tangible. This is a wonderful family movie, possibly to be viewed as a holiday tradition.