Preteen brothers from a broken marriage live with their mother, Denise, in a rural town. Ryan, the cheeky elder boy, wants to go live with their father, Matt, in Chicago. This confuses shy ... See full summary »
Preteen brothers from a broken marriage live with their mother, Denise, in a rural town. Ryan, the cheeky elder boy, wants to go live with their father, Matt, in Chicago. This confuses shy Charlie, the youngest, who is also the butt of bigger school kids' often mean pranks. Then he finds two reindeer on his way home from school which he believes to be Santa's called Prancer and his son and heir, also called Prancer, which he tries to hide at home. Ryan's help bonds the brothers again. Alas when Prancer gets out, evil vice-principal James Klock is bitten and wants the 'public danger' put down. Charlie runs away with his protégé. Denise is useless, but her ex-boyfriend, handyman Tom Sullivan, comes to the youngster's rescue. Written by
A fine cast, particularly John Corbett and Stacy Edwards, with good performances from the youngsters, aids this otherwise slightly better-than-average Christmas tale to achieve a high level of entertainment value and sentimental expression. No, it's not for the cynical, but its admixture of the difficulties broken families experience during the holidays particularly and the hope that Christmas engenders in all but the hardest-hearted of us brings the potential for love and progress to the fore for the audience.
There's no reason not to enjoy this and let wistfulness take charge once a year. As another reviewer said, it will become a regular at Christmastime, and it should.
Oh. A final note. Jack Palance is excellent in his small but significant role.
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