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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 overview, first billed only:
Matthew Knight ... Brian Saunders
Chris Kattan ... Leo Cardoza
Cameron Bright ... Danny Saunders
Preston Lacy ... Sheldon Cardoza
Amy Schlagel ... Mary Saunders
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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It's turning out to be a pretty rotten Christmas for the Saunders family. Having just moved to Edmonton, Alberta from Los Angeles, California, they have no friends, no money, and, with the exception of the bright-eyed Mary (Amy and Zoe Schlagel), no Christmas spirit. To make matters worse, their mother, Judy (Rachel Hayward), is stuck in Los Angeles, stranded by airline overbookings. So, the Christmas shopping duties fall on dad, Wayne (Patrick Swayze), and the gloomy kids. Things start looking a bit more like Christmas when twelve-year-old Brian (Matthew Knight) 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

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Rated PG for rude language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

By coincidence, the two bad guys names are Leonard and Sheldon. Much like the two lead characters on The Big Bang Theory (2007). This movie and that television series premiered the same year. See more »

Goofs

After visiting Santa, Brian wants to find the hockey rink in the mall. Brian and Mary would have already passed the rink on the way from the pirate ship to see Santa, because the rink is inbetween the ship and Santa, and there is no way to get around it without seeing it. See more »

Connections

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

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Decking With Joy
Written & Performed by Terry Frewer
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Home Alone at the Mall, that's what this one is, but very nice to have another Swayze film to treasure, even in a minor way
9 June 2011 | by inkblot11See all my reviews

Wayne Saunders (Patrick Swayze) moved his family from Los Angeles to Edmonton, Alberta, to take a new job. Unhappily, the company chose that moment to downsize and Wayne loses the post before he has a chance to even begin! Also, its near Christmas and his wife is back in California, tying up lose ends with her own job. Therefore, Wayne and the three kids, teenage Brian, middle schooler Danny and young daughter Mary have to get a tree and shop for all of the gifts. Needless to say, Wayne is not used to balancing the whole affair on his shoulders AND, since his job melted away and there were moving expenses, finances are extremely tight. Therefore, when the family heads to the enormous underground mall, Dad puts Brian in charge of the other two kids, so that he, Wayne, can shop for the children in private. But, Brian, downcast since the big move, likes the looks of the teen girls he sees at the mall and gives Danny money to take care of Mary, letting him, Brian, hang out with kids his age. Whoa, wait until Dad hears this! On their own, Sam and Mary stumble upon a bag of cash, which they believe is a gift from the mall's Santa. However, its really counterfeit bills that a trio of dumb thieves (including Carmen Electra) were going to use for their own brand of Xmas cheer. Now, the thieves are after the kids and the kids are out to avoid being caught and to trip up the robbers at the same time. Who will win out and will it turn into a merry season after all? This is a cute holiday film, sort of a Home Alone at the mall. The kids and the crooks are very entertaining, generating many giggles with their antics. Swayze, naturally, is nice as the harried dad, although the focus of the film is more on the young folks. Supporting actors like Electra, Tim Curry, and all of the others do fine work, too. In addition, the setting is very nice, as the mall looks gorgeous, festive, and quite, quite enormous. Those Canadians sure are lucky! The movie likewise has attractive costumes, a humorous script, and a lively direction. Therefore, although the title is easily confused with a host of others, look hard for this one at holiday time or, indeed, whenever the mood strikes you or the children. Its another fine addition to the growing number of holiday cinematic treats.


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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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Dolby Digital

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2.35 : 1
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