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Dad of two kids meets a mysterious woman/ cater who seems extraordinary and well organised, better than any mother. Kids do not have a mother and woman begins working for them as their full time carer. Soon they discover that she is an angel from heaven and have to try to do whatever it takes to stop her from going back. Written by
I originally purchased this movie on DVD back in 2007, when it was on sale here for $2. I remember watching it a week or so after purchasing it, and not being very taken with it.
However, I re-discovered it in my 'old' pile shelf last evening, and decided to give it another playing.
It is a simple, fun, family-type movie, with a little bit of love, a few laughs, and a little bit of magic. I believe anyone from 10 years old to 70 years old would find it to be good, easy viewing...
Basically, it tells the story of a working father, played by John McCafferty (as John St. Ives), who is trying to bring up two kids, a boy and a girl, played by Cameron Sturn and Mallory Farrow respectively. The kids' mother has recently passed away, and Dad has had to revert to the use of a Nanny (played by T.L. Brooke) to get through the other chores of the daily running of the house, and tending to the needs of the kids.
The boy Justin, is a prolific experimenter and inventor, and his crazy devices ensure that riotous calamity runs rife in the home. He is a joy to watch.
His sister Jessica, is a caring and sweet girl, who, like her brother, misses their mother very much, and tries to help out around the home wherever possible. She ultimately writes a letter to God, asking for some Divine assistance.
The father is an inspector for the local council, and as such, prepares reports and feasibility studies for the governing body.
Enter Mr Hampton (played by Edwin Craig), who is a millionaire, who wishes to obtain a vast tract of land in the area, for what he announces will be a boon to the whole township. Included in his proposed 'acquisitions' is the local park, which all the kids attend and enjoy immensely. He tells everyone that he is to provide better facilities for the park, more housing in the area, and this will increase employment, so 'everyone wins'as he quips. However, the main motive for his actions is that he has discovered (with the help of his two bumbling assistants) oil, under the very park that the kids love.......He is assisted by his niece, Sandra (Debra Rich), who may or may not turn out to be what she seems. She is a riot to watch, particularly at dinner with the family.....
Following the resignation of their Nanny, due to falling foul of so many of Justin's pranks, Mel, (played by Cynthia Gillespie) is sent from Heaven, in response to the letter from Jessica. Immediately, things start to take on a magical persona, and chores and other labors are dispatched with ease. It doesn't take the two kids long to realize that Mel is, in fact, an angel....
The second half of the movie deals with the battle between the corrupt official, and the hopeful retainers of sanity, luck, and happiness.
You will just have to believe me that everyone gets his and her just desserts.....
A 'feel-good' movie.....
(My only problem about the whole thing, is that the cover art on the DVD cover, which is also illustrated here on IMDb, shows two characters...a blonde woman wearing an apron, and a pretty little blonde girl.......Whomever they are, they certainly don't appear in the film.....!!!)
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