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A Mom for Christmas (1990)

A young girl who wants a mom for the Christmas holidays gets her wish when a department store mannequin comes to life.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Amy Miller
Juliet Sorci ... Jessica Slocum (as Juliet Sorcey)
... Jim Slocum
... Sergeant Morelli
... Nicholas
... Wilkins
... Philomena
Elliot Moss Greenbaum ... Chip Wright
Erica Mitchell ... Stephanie Clark
Jesse Vincent ... Teddy O'Neill
... Kendall
Steve Russell ... Mr. Milliman
Greg Procaccino ... Detective Price (as Gregory Procaccino)
Ronald M. Lautore ... Fire Captain (as Ron Lautore)
Helen Whitelow
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Storyline

Jessie is a young girl who's mother died when she was just three. When she wins a free wish in a department store she wishes for a mom to be with and to shop with over the holidays. Her wish brings Amy, a mannequin, to life and into her life as her Mom for Christmas. Written by Les MacDonald at {mcmac@mb.sympatico.ca}

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A tale of Christmas magic.

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Fantasy | Comedy | Family

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17 December 1990 (USA)  »

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Ein Wunsch geht in Erfüllung  »

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The film crew was mostly Australian, much to the delight of fellow Aussie Olivia Newton-John. Both Vegemite (a popular Australian spread), as well as newspapers from the country, were frequently available on the set. See more »

Quotes

Lora: [sarcastic] Nice dress, Jessica.
Jessica Slocum: [sarcastic] You too, Lora. I must have told a hundred girls how good they look in THAT outfit.
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So Strange
Written by John Farrar
Performed by Olivia Newton-John
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A modern fairy tale about magic and love
15 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is a delightful Christmas fantasy that deals lightly with magic and the power of love. Jessica, played with astonishing maturity by 10-year-old Juliet Sorcey, receives a free wish from a wishing well. When Philomena (Doris Roberts) asks what she wants, she says "I want that," pointing to a grouping of mannequins arranged to suggest a mother, daughter, and dog. The mother looks amazingly like Olivia Newton John. When Philomena asks Jessica what she means, she explains that she wants to have a mother to be with her during the Christmas season. And Philomena grants her wish: "One mother for two weeks, starting at midnight tonight and ending at midnight Christmas eve." At midnight, the mannequin she pointed to, now alive and looking exactly like Olivia Newton John, rings the doorbell and is taken in. As she becomes part of the family, we are all aware that the two-week countdown clock is ticking.

The theme of a statue coming to life occurs throughout classic literature. The original Pygmalian, as described by Ovid, was a sculptor who fell in love with a statue he had made, brought her to life with a kiss, and married her. So, enjoy this film for what it is -- easy to watch entertainment that is fun for all. Good script and fine acting by a cast that finds exactly the right pitch to tell a modern fairy tale.


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