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Christmas in Wonderland (2007)

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Three children and their father move from Los Angeles, California to Edmonton, Alberta. When they go shopping at West Edmonton Mall, they find counterfeit cash, inadvertently help catch crooks, and make a discovery about Santa.

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James Orr
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Knight ... Brian Saunders
Chris Kattan ... Leo Cardoza
Cameron Bright ... Danny Saunders
Preston Lacy ... Sheldon Cardoza
Amy Schlagel Amy Schlagel ... Mary Saunders
Zoe Schlagel Zoe Schlagel ... Mary Saunders
Carmen Electra ... Ginger Peachum
Tim Curry ... Gordon McLoosh
Patrick Swayze ... Wayne Saunders
Matthew Walker ... Santa / Mr. Nicholas / Mall Ghost / Kristopher Kringle / Old Man with Walker
MacKenzie Porter ... Shane (as Mackenzie Porter)
Marty Antonini ... Elliot Block
Rachel Hayward ... Judy Saunders
Donovan Workun ... Smith
Sean Tyson ... Randolph
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Storyline

It's turning out to be a pretty rotten Christmas for the Saunders family. Having just moved to Edmonton, Alb from Los Angeles, California, they have no friends, no money, and, with the exception of the bright-eyed Mary, no Christmas spirit. To make matters worse, their mother is stuck in Los Angeles, stranded by airline overbookings. So, the Christmas shopping duties fall on Dad and the gloomy kids. Things start looking a bit more like Christmas when twelve-year old Brian and six-year old Mary find a satchel of money at the local mall and they launch a Yuletide shopping spree, that is, until the crooks who counterfeited the money chase them through the mall packed with holiday shoppers. Written by James Orr

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Two kids, a mall, a million in cash, ...what could go wrong?

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Comedy | Crime | Family

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for rude language | See all certifications »

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 2007 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Le jackpot de Noël See more »

Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$689, 27 January 2008

Gross USA:

$689

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$694,509
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The mall does not appear until the 12 minute mark. See more »

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Referenced in The Making of 'Christmas in Wonderland' (2007) See more »

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While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night
Traditional tune, lyrics by Nahum Tate (uncredited)
[Incorrectly credited as Traditional]
Arranged by Simon Russell
Published by Air-Edel Associates Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Air-Edel Associates Ltd
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To say this movie is awful is too kind...
17 February 2008 | by gra_archSee all my reviews

As an Edmontonian, having a movie filmed in our city is always exciting as that is a very rare occurrence. To have the movie actually set in Edmonton is even better. "Christmas in Wonderland", however, is an embarrassment for Edmonton. It is that bad.

Firstly, the writing is awful. It sounds like it was written by an elementary school student. The 'funny' lines are cringe-worthy. The story itself is ridiculous. Aside from the main storyline, the 'love' story involving the oldest brother and some girl he meets in the mall is absurd. She just happens to be the same age and also just moved from California to Edmonton. The police are also misrepresented. Why is it that the RCMP is the only law enforcement organization in Canada? Edmonton does have its own police force, which were even featured in the movie, yet were called the RCMP. Another ridiculous element of this movie is the fact that there is no snow on Christmas Eve. In fact the grass is nearly green. Anyone who has lived in Edmonton for a few years knows that such an occurrence is EXTREMELY rare. Edmonton winters are long, extremely cold, and usually very snowy.

The acting is atrocious. I have never seen such bad acting, especially from Cameron Bright, Carmen Electra, and Chris Kattan. Cameron Bright is by far the worst, as he sounds, literally, like he is a teacher with no emotion reading a book out loud to his class. Carmen Electra - destroyer of film quality - is not much better. Luckily she does not have much screen time.

Perhaps the worst moment of the film comes when the 'North Pole' is seen in the bowels of WEM. The CGI animation of the 'elves' is perhaps 1980s worthy. The animation is shockingly bad, leaving one to consider if it would of just been better not to include it.

The only redeeming quality is Tim Curry as a memory-challenged Scottish RCMP officer. He does this character rather well considering the awfulness of the overall film.

"Christmas in Wonderland" doesn't deserve the $689 it made in theatres.


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