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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason Sloan
Nick Roth ...
Zoe Moscatel
Karl Pruner ...
Jackie Rosenbaum ...
Ditz's Father
William Colgate ...
Hollis McLaren ...
Professor Roe
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Holly has everything it takes to be a star; the voice, the dream and the dedication, but she lacks the means to break away from her humble Texas upbringing. Then she gets the chance to attend an art and music school on the East coast and her future suddenly looks bright. But the road to stardom is a bumpy one. She must compete with the snobby Angela for the star spot and that's the least of her troubles. Luckily, Holly has the support from her mother and her roommate Ditz who prove that being a star has nothing to do with fame and everything to do with faith, family, and friends. Before all the number one hits and the adoring fans, all she had was the dream. Inspired by the book A Mother's Gift by Britney & Lynne Spears...the story of the true meaning of being a star. Written by ThreesCompanyFan on TVTome.com

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A daughter's dream. A mother's gift.


Drama | Family | Music

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including teen drug and sexual content


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25 April 2004 (USA)  »

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A Mother's Gift  »

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Nick Roth (Grant) is the son of the movie director Bobby Roth. See more »


[Grant's cell phone vibrates in his pocket]
Holly Lovell: Um, your pants are buzzing.
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References American Idol (2002) See more »


Written by Reggie Lucas
Performed by Virginia Madsen & Lindsey Haun
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Dreams can come true with faith, hard work and perseverance
29 January 2014 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

This 2004 TV film is based on the book "A Mother's Gift" written by Britney Spears and her mother. The story involves a single mother (Virginia Madsen) and her talented daughter (Lindsey Haun) who are poor, good-hearted Texans. The daughter's dream is to go to a prestigious music school in Philadelphia. The mother sacrifices everything (literally) to make it happen. There are humiliating obstacles and intense pressures. Can the daughter persevere and succeed. What about her mother?

Some people wrote negative reviews just because the story was written and produced by Britney Spears and her mother. These people obviously hate Britney. Regardless, the truth is she's a talented, likable pop musician/entertainer, not to mention incredibly famous. I don't listen to her style of music and would never likely buy one of her cds or see her in concert, but who can deny this?

What matters is: Is the movie any good? Yes it is. Both my wife and I enjoyed it from beginning to end. No, it may not blow you away or anything -- it is, after all, a TV movie -- but it holds your attention all the way through and it is moving; plus it throws in a couple of surprises. Even more, it has a good heart.

Lindsey Haun is reminiscent of Melissa Joan Hart of "Sabrina" -- both likable and cute. There are quite a few other likable cast members, including Madsen. The story also features a couple of people you'll love-to-hate. And be on the lookout for the redheaded dancer played by Jessica Dawson, who's stunning, to say the least.

Other than the obvious motif of fulfilling your dreams through belief and perseverance despite the obstacles, the story addresses some important sub-themes:

  • You'll always have an enemy who wants you to fail.

  • There will always be people who are willing to give you a helping

hand or guidance; take advantage of these precious souls.

  • It's easy to take for granted the good things in your life until you

meet someone who doesn't have them.

  • As two of Solomon's proverbs state: "Better a meal of vegetables

where there is love than a fattened calf with hatred" and "Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting with strife."

  • The best way to beat an enemy is to not give up and succeed.

The film was shot in Toronto, Ontario, and runs 90 minutes.


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