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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
Car dealer having to do community service seeks to make a dying boy's wishes come true, 28 December 2011
Author: David McDaid from United Kingdom
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.
2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:
Lovely, 6 January 2012
Author: verityjanegaston from United Kingdom
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I watched this because of Laurence Fox mainly, sitting with a box of
tissues, preparing myself.
If you watched the trailer or read about it, then you should CLEARLY realise what is going on and that it is going to be sentimental. However it was also funny too in places, and I didn't expect what happened with the family to happen. Good ol' Jonathan (Fox)!
Jack McMullen was a joy to watch as Freddie, and he was so sweet throughout. Sarah Smart played her role very well, and I enjoyed the relationship between her character and the mother.
I knew what was going to happen at the VERY end. It was anticipated. And I got a very large lump in my throat and had to turn it off. But when Jonathan took the Moonbeam kids shopping towards the beginning it just made me smile so much.
2 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Yuk!, 29 December 2011
Author: pawebster from England
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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