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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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Yuk!
29 December 2011 | by (England) – See all my reviews

ITV must have thought everyone would be so comatose after Christmas food and drink that they would lap up any old sentimental twaddle. Perhaps millions did. This drama could have been put together by a write-your-own TV script computer program ("Click here for tear jerker") and possibly was.

What gave it the final kiss of death was the presence of Laurence Fox in the leading role. He seems to specialise in phone-it-in performances, and this is a case in point. Perhaps the script is partly to blame, as his character starts the film as a childish egotist, who suddenly, at the mere turn of a page, becomes a soft-hearted philanthropist. However, I suspect that almost any TV actor of his age could have done a better job with the material.

Jack McMullen is so-so in his role, while Sarah Smart is very good in hers.


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