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Jonathan Donald, a wealthy,arrogant car salesman,is charged with drink driving and sentenced to 60 hours community service at the Moonbeam club for unruly kids. He makes no effort to hide his initial disdain and falls foul of the club organizer,young widow Laura,though the kids warm to him after he has taken them on a designer clothes shopping spree. In particular he befriends 'Fast' Freddie,so named for his skill at computer games, a teen-ager dying of a kidney disease,brought up in foster homes and for whom this will be his last Christmas. Helped by Laura's kindly mother Julia,Jonathan locates the boy's birth mother but she has no interest in reconciliation,so Jonathan and Julia develop a ploy,paying people to pose as Freddie's loving and long-lost family,ensuring that though this Christmas will be his last it will be his happiest.Such is Jonathan's devotion to organizing the deception that he gets fired,winning Laura's eventual respect. Not everything goes to plan but at least ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Car dealer having to do community service seeks to make a dying boy's wishes come true
28 December 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sentimental but not overly mawkish Christmas drama. Laurence Fox plays wealthy London car dealer Jonathan Donald, whose life revolves around closing the next big deal. Sentenced to 60 hours community service helping a group of disadvantaged special needs children, including a boy with a terminal heart condition, he reappraises the priorities in his life. Good performances from cast, with Jack McMullen as Fast Freddie and Sarah Smart as a dedicated community worker stand out. While this drama will not live long in the memory and has a rather leaden script, it passes the time well enough and is amiable albeit rather gritty fare for Christmas.


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