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Jason Robards is John, a widower of only 10 months who doesn't want to spend Christmas alone. He gets a call from his grown son Jim, who tells him that his family isn't going to bother flying up to spend Christmas with him at his cabin in the woods. However, they would like for John to fly down and spend the holiday season with them.
I dunno. It sounds reasonable to me. Jim doesn't want to pay for four plane tickets to spend Christmas moping around a cabin thinking about his deceased mom.
John, however, decides that he doesn't want to see his son and grandchildren for Christmas. He thinks it's a better idea to go to an agency which organizes "social encounters" between people. (Chuckle...chuckle) Well, anyways...he pays $500 to have a somber woman named Iris (Julie Harris) go with him to his cabin for Christmas.
The acting from both Robards and Harris is professional, as you might expect. I just could never fully enjoy this movie because it all seemed so strange and inappropriate. There is only one touching moment in the film (which I won't spoil). The awkward secret which Iris has been hiding during her cabin adventure only makes the film all the more disappointing. 3/10
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