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A boy, Buddy, whose parents have split and whose mother is an actress in New York, has been dumped in the south at the small-town home of some older cousins, all of whom are unmarried. Buddy brings life to the house and develops a close friendship with one of the older, simpler ladies, Sook. Buddy and Sook undertake many adventures together, including the baking of 31 fruit-cakes which they give as Christmas presents, even mailing them to President and Mrs. Roosevelt and Jean Harlowe! Just before Christmas, one of the older cousins begins to wonder if it is best for Buddy to be living with them... Written by
Jeff Hole <email@example.com>
If you like Sunday Night 'entertainment' on ITV along the lines of Heartbeat or The Royal, you'll love this rather simple minded tale of a young boy spending his last Christmas with his family before he's carted off to military school. He makes fruit cake with his grandma, sees a barfight in a rowdy pub and get drunk on leftover whiskey. Oh... the hi-jinx!
For anyone with a pulse though, things may get a trifle dull, so despite the game cast and some lovely scenery, expect a few just-checking-my-watch interludes and a bit of I'm-not-yawning-I'm-just-exercising-my-jaw-muscles action. It's fits the spirit of the holiday and all... but for me personally, I want a little more substance than what this nice but meandering product has to offer. 5/10
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