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Recipe for a Perfect Christmas (2005)

A newly appointed food critic finds her life turned upside down when her uninhibited mother arrives unannounced at Christmas. Desperate to offload her, she enlists the help of a young chef, with surprising results.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Baranski ... Lee Bellmont
Carly Pope ... J.J. Jenner
Bobby Cannavale ... Alex Stermadapolous
Monica Parker ... Irma Van Wyck
Kristen Hager ... Morgan
Tracy Dawson ... Cody
Peter Cockett Peter Cockett ... Elliot
Garwin Sanford ... Clay McNeil
Clive Walton Clive Walton ... Malcolm Bristol
Fulvio Cecere ... Johnny Iannides
Louise Pitre ... Coco
Dean Armstrong ... Reynard
Jonas Chernick ... Peter
Lubomir Mykytiuk ... Dmitri
Scott Gibson ... Kenny
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Storyline

It's Christmas time. JJ works at a magazine as the assistant for the food critic. When the critic leaves, her boss gives her the opportunity to be the new critic. So she tries to find a restaurant to write about. But when her mother, whom she doesn't have a good relationship with and who's a little wild shows up after losing her job. JJ can't deal with her. When Alex a restaurateur who is struggling and facing the possibility of being closed asks her to come to his restaurant and try it out and write about it. She agrees on the condition that he take her mother off her hands. Alex agrees and forms a rapport with her that amazes JJ. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smothered See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When Alex is decorating the Christmas tree, the boom mic dips down above the star tree topper. See more »

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Wow, what a forgettable movie this was.
15 December 2005 | by bobimdb-3See all my reviews

Did HeidiJean really see this movie? A great Christmas movie? Not even close. Dull, bland and completely lacking in imagination and heart. I kept watching this movie wondering who the hell thought that Carly Pope could play the lead in this movie! The woman has no detectable personality and gives a completely lackluster performance. Baransky was great as usual and provided the only modicum of interesting the whole thing. Probably her involvement was the only reason this project was green lighted to begin with. Maybe I'm expecting too much for a Lifetime movie played 15 days from Christmas but I sat through this thing thinking that with a different director and a recasting JJ with an actress that at least could elicit sympathy this could have been quite a cute little movie.


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