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Trading Christmas (2011)

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The Christmas season is approaching. In South Woodbourne, Washington, widowed second grade schoolteacher Emily Spengler loves the Christmas holidays, as do all the townsfolk, and the ... See full summary »


(as Michael M. Scott)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Johnson
Emily Spengler
Ray Johnson
Faith Kerrigan
Heather Spengler
Lucy Jeffrey ...
Noah Bjorgan ...
Security Guard
Nancy Ebert ...
Mrs. Spoon


The Christmas season is approaching. In South Woodbourne, Washington, widowed second grade schoolteacher Emily Spengler loves the Christmas holidays, as do all the townsfolk, and the traditions she had built with her now deceased husband, Frank, who passed away almost three years ago, and her now grown daughter, Heather. As usual, she is expecting Heather to come home for the holidays from Boston, where she is going to school. In Boston, Massachusetts, novelist and English professor Charles Johnson is an unsentimental man, who, like his workaholic brother Ray, owner of his own lucrative business, doesn't celebrate the season. Emily and Charles meet on a house swapping website as they decide to do a one week swap with each other in the lead up to Christmas. Emily wants to go to Boston to be with Heather, who has told her that she isn't planning on coming home for the holidays. And Charles is having problems meeting deadlines for his latest novel and needs somewhere quiet and out of the... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

26 November 2011 (USA)  »

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Debbie Macomber's Trading Christmas  »

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25 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

"awful" was exactly the word I had in mind for this movie. I'll add boring and annoying too!.......The two males looked and acted like they would be ideal for an (ahem!) "undesirable" type of movie. ..............The one brother mumbled and looked grubby with that slight beard...and seemed like he was only looking for a place to crash, so he sold his business to latch on to Emily..... Emily's friend chattered relentlessly, which was extra annoying and highlighted her ignorant manners ......None of the players had impact or conveyed sincerity...but then again, neither did their lines or plot ......From beginning to end, it seemed like it was just thrown together haphazardly....... Not what I would expect from Debbie Makecomer.

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