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The Gift Of The Magi 2011

NR
4.5 out of 5 stars (44) IMDb 5.7/10

With the holidays just around the corner, struggling newlyweds Jim and Della Young are challenged to get each other the perfect gift. Determined to make each their respective wishes come true, they make a secret sacrifice. But a series of misunderstandings soon undermine their respective schemes, and fate itself will play a hand in their loving design.

Starring:
Marla Sokoloff, Mark Webber
Runtime:
1 hour, 26 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Lisa Mulcahy
Starring Marla Sokoloff, Mark Webber
Supporting actors Michelle Beamish, Glynis Casson, Thomas Grube, Gary Hetzler, Eamonn Hunt, Roisin Kiely, Gerry McCann, Barry McGovern, Clelia Murphy, Helen Norton, Scott Paschall, Donna Patrice, Megan Riordan, Shannon Ryan, Caleb Barton Smith, Lesa Thurman, Orla Tobin, Paul Tylak
Studio Vivendi Entertainment
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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This is an updated version of O. Henry's classic short story "The Gift of the Magi" with added subplots and twists. As light romantic entertainment, it's a sweet Christmas movie to watch curled up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate or cider, or both. (No sex scenes, objectionable language, or obnoxious laugh track.)
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O. Henry's "The Gift of the Magi" is a 2,070-word short story. "Gift of the Magi" is an 85-minute film. One way to stretch the pithy short story to that length, I suppose, is to have the actors speak verrrrry slowly. The way the film chooses is to introduce subplots in this modern retelling of the classic.

As I assume most of the would-be viewers of this film are familiar with the short story, I'll discuss the changes. Some are trivial. In the story, for example, the last name of Della and Jim (the husband and wife) is Young. In the film, it's Alexander. The story has the article "The" at the beginning of the title; the film does not. Some are understandable for a modern retelling. Instead of a watch fob chain and hair combs, the gifts here are a steering wheel for a vintage car that Jim works on incessantly and a zoom lens for a camera that Della loves. I don't see any great harm in that change. But some changes are hard to understand and do detract from the qualities that made the short story so popular.

At this point, I face a problem. Describing the biggest change involves giving away a key element that occurs in the second half of the film and might well constitute a spoiler. I will say that there is a somewhat adult element added. By this, I mean that there's a plot element that parents might have to explain to children. There's neither graphic language nor graphic scenes, but imagine, if you will, if, in [...], Mrs. Cratchit had suspected Bob Cratchit of striking Tiny Tim. I should imagine parents would be uncomfortable explaining to children why an adult might hit a child. There's no physical abuse here, but there is an adult theme that might make this film less than ideal for children. And that's a shame since the original story is so simple.
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This movie starring is Marla Sokoloff and Mark Webber. This movie is about a newlywed couple named Jim and Della Alexander. Christmas is coming around the corrner the couple is having money problems. Jim (Mark Webber) and Della (Marla Sokoloff) just moved into an appartment and somebody took their car over the night,and they have to buy a new car the couple does not have an money for Christmas presents for each other. Della gets a second job in order to buy Jim steering wheel for the car Jim is working. Jim buys Della something for her camera that dearly loves. The thing is each them had to sale their favorite thing in order to buy the other present. Watch this movie to see what happens in the end. This is a great Christmas movie!
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My wife and I saw the Gift of the Magi on TV and we wanted our own copy of the DVD. The Gift of the Magi is a very inspirational movie. It shows what two people will do to show their unconditional love for each other.
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It is a Hallmark movie, so you know it is nicely put together. I am happy to have it in my Christmas collection. Nice looking young couple who have an issue because of a misunderstanding. Read the book, or better yet buy and watch the movie. I am sure you will not regret having this movie.
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This is a truly wonderful Christmas Love story. It is one that touches on many emotions. Good movie for the family to enjoy together.
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The thought and the message about the movie was good. However, I thought that there was something missing that most Hallmark movies have, it didn't move me as much as other Hallmark movies do. The storyline was sweet, but I thought the way things happened at the end was kind of wierd. all their time and money saved. I didn't get the point at the end, I guess. I don't want to give away the movie, but please don't waste your money and just watch it off the Hallmark channel. one word, disappointment. watch The Christmas Wish instead!
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This has been a favorite of mine, and came in good time and perfect condition. Have watched it a number of times, and would definitely recommend it.
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