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Moonlight & Mistletoe (2008)

TV Movie  -  Drama | Family  -  29 November 2008 (USA)
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In 'Saint' Nick Crosby's old-fashioned all-year Christmas village Santaville, working as a mere elf on Christmas preparations all year killed his daughter Holly's seasonal spirit. So she ... See full summary »

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Nick
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Holly (as Candace Cameron-Bure)
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Ginny
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Ben Richards
Allan F. Nicholls ...
Earl (as Allan Nicholls)
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Brenda
Bruce Bouchard ...
Mr. Covell
Richard Waterhouse ...
Mr. Jennings
Taylor Ampatiellos ...
Willy
Lillian Pritchard ...
Young Holly
Ari Larson ...
Young Peter
Parma ...
Nick's Dog
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In 'Saint' Nick Crosby's old-fashioned all-year Christmas village Santaville, working as a mere elf on Christmas preparations all year killed his daughter Holly's seasonal spirit. So she moved out, feeling neglected since ma's death, to become a Boston toy firm's hardest-working sales executive. When Nick makes a bad fall, she returns to help out. She finds Santaville outdated, near bankruptcy despite much generous help, especially from shy Peter. She tries to save it, counting on a plan proposed by charming financial advisor Ben Richards. Written by KGF Vissers

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When old Holly gets into Peter's truck she asks him his name and he replies Peter Lowdel. And in the final scene Holly introduces Peter to Mr. Jennings as Peter Lowell. See more »

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Arrangement by Lawrence Shragge (uncredited)
Performed by Debbie Kee
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Annoying
20 December 2008 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I'm afraid I find the performances in this drama about a man who runs a 365-day-a-year Santa Claus Village that is about to go under (Tom Arnold) and his daughter who moved away (Candace Cameron Bure) rather poor. Tom Arnold is clueless and nasal until the plot calls for a bit of warmth and Miss Bure, while very pretty, is shrill.The other actors are good, but their roles seem to be matters of revealing the secrets that made them come to Santaville for some warm fuzzy moments. In fact, that seems to be the entire set-up of this movie: conflict, then warm fuzzy moment, and the performances make it all seem very calculated.

Even the camera work supports this: consider, if you will, the scene where Tom Arnold and Candace Cameron Bure finally bond. The are sitting at the dining room table, going over his mementos of his dead wife. Instead of shooting it in an extended two-shot, which would have been more difficult to achieve and hence more expensive, but more effective, it is shot in a series of close-up reaction shots: basically, instead of two people together, it winds up two people apart. Using a yellow light for atmosphere does not make up for missed opportunities in the service of a small budget, alas.


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