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Christmas Child (2004)

Not Rated | | 9 November 2004 (USA)
A life-sized nativity leads a man to learn about his past and lost family.

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(as William Ewing), (co-director)

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Jack Davenport
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Alicia
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Michael Curtis
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Meg Davenport
Theresa Browning ...
Mom
Vicki Taylor Ross ...
Naomi Williams
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Mrs. Schneider
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Joe
Rebecca McCauley ...
Vanessa
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Jimmy-James
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Piano Player
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Craig
Mary Donnelly-Haskell ...
Cindy
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Rebecca
Nicole Fancher ...
Caroler
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A life-sized nativity leads a man to learn about his past and lost family.

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Buon compleanno, Jack!  »

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The radio announcer refers to the local area as West Texas. However, he also references a listener in Deaf Smith County, which is located in the Panhandle. No one in Texas refers to the Panhandle as West Texas. They are two completely separate regions. See more »

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Slow, but steady
6 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Christmas Child is better than a lot of movies I can name that cost ten times as much to make. I thought the opening scenes between Moses and Megan Follows were excellent and they had good chemistry and excellent dialog. Sadly, when Follows leaves the story, it seems to lose a lot of energy and slow way down.

While not full of holes, neither is it seamless or easy to follow especially from an emotional standpoint. The messages are highly positive but delivered in a slow way through the eyes of the troubled protagonist who seems to fail to appreciate what he is given. His emotional distance and alienation do not "develop" along with the story thereby keeping the emotonal tempo from moving upward to match what he is learning on his "Quest".

The final problem I had with it was that the return of Follows to the story (thereby wrapping up a major, major plot line) is given short shrift and bypasses the serious and emotionally fulfilling aspects. I have a feeling that this would have been handled at more and better length in the written version.

So, for trying to tell a good story and show with some realism a "slice of life" that is far more common and more real than typical Hollywood tripe, I give it credit. The actors are very good throughout and there are many moments that will make you think.


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