The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2008)

TV Movie  |  TV-PG  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  13 December 2008 (USA)
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The overwhelming tasks that go along with Christmas have taken the joy out of the holidays for busy single mom Jennifer Cullen. Then her Uncle Ralph arrives at her home with the young, ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Cullen (as Connor Levins)
Richard Windom
Stephen Windom
Rebecca Toolan ...
Winnie Windom
Michael Roberds ...
Chet Wojorski
Jennifer Clement ...
Sian Sladen ...
Airline Employee


The overwhelming tasks that go along with Christmas have taken the joy out of the holidays for busy single mom Jennifer Cullen. Then her Uncle Ralph arrives at her home with the young, handsome Morgan Derby. Morgan's love of Christmas, and life, is contagious and as Jennifer glumly navigates through the holidays, she soon realizes that what she needs most is right under her nose. Stars Henry Winkler, Brooke Burns and Warren Christie. Written by Anonymous

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Also Known As:

L'invité de Noël  »

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Images of two different airliners are shown as Ralph and Morgan travel to Chicago. (The first aircraft may be a Boeing 757 or 767, while the one that is landing may be a Boeing DC-10 or MD-11.) See more »


Uncle Ralph: She's always been weird. As a little girl she had lists for everything.
Morgan Derby: What do you mean?
Uncle Ralph: Barbie's clothes, what I'm going to do next year, what I'm going to do 57 years from now.
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One of my favorite Hallmarks
14 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you like the Hallmark formula (and I do!), this one should hit all the right buttons. There's not much plot going on (but you don't watch these things for the plot, do you?). Our heroine is a single mom to an overly-mature, curly-top child; favorite uncle meets stranded hunk on a plane and invites him home for the holidays. Okay, so Mom is not keen on Christmas, and she really can't cook; Son isn't sure there's a Santa Claus; and Stranger is a holiday-lover who happens to be a chef. Any doubt where this is going? So how could that garner 9 stars from me? The casting! I hardly noticed there was no plot until I was thinking about it afterward! Brooke Burns -- not an actress that I would expect to see on stage at an award show -- is actually quite good. One of my favorite scenes: She's talking through the car window to an irritating neighbor, trying to keep her composure with a forced smile on her face, and after she rolls up the window and starts to pull away, she mutters (almost without moving her lips), "Step in front of the car, lady!" She just nails the line -- she's not a nasty person, so the nastiness she musters in the line works. I've never seen male lead Warren Christie before, but ... where has he been all my life! The chemistry between the two is awesome, really awesome, and he may be my favorite Hallmark hero of all time. Henry Winkler is the match-making uncle. I find him a little annoying -- he always plays the same character, and he's obviously intended to be droll, but it's a bit too overt -- like he has "I am droll" stamped across his forehead. It's a credit to the leads that he recedes into his proper place. This was an enjoyable entry into the Hallmark holiday collection. I highly recommend it.

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