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Holiday Switch (2007)

Paula and her family are struggling with bills a week before Christmas. She falls down a laundry chute which leads her to another life in which her husband is her wealthy ex-boyfriend. ... See full summary »

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Gayl Decoursey
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Cast

Cast overview:
Nicole Eggert ... Paula Ferguson
Patricia Mayen-Salazar ... Martina
Bret Anthony ... Gary
Brett Le Bourveau Brett Le Bourveau ... Nick
Stefanie von Pfetten ... Sheila
Kristina Barr Kristina Barr ... Janine
Ernesto Griffith Ernesto Griffith ... Reg Reeves
Kristen Harris ... Caroline
Craig Haas ... Armando
Sofia Kingma Sofia Kingma ... Olivia
Adriana O'Neil ... Saleswoman
Maya Ritter ... Eleanor
Thanya Romero Thanya Romero ... Receptionist
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Paula and her family are struggling with bills a week before Christmas. She falls down a laundry chute which leads her to another life in which her husband is her wealthy ex-boyfriend. Paula soon realizes she wants nothing more for Christmas but to return to her former life. Written by Anonymous

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The wish that changed everything

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Comedy | Fantasy

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Official Sites:

Lifetime TV

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Christmas Wish See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Family Woman
31 December 2011 | by statuskuoSee all my reviews

It's not bad. And the message is sincere. So it's a really nice Xmas tale. However, some of you may have seen a movie with Nicolas Cage called "The Family Man", in it, Cage had a choice too...whether or not to drop a life of family for a cold lifestyle of unlimited riches and hedonistic pleasures. This is slightly different in that Eggert's Paula is a ball-buster, shallow materialistic witch. This was BEFORE she goes on this journey. To me, it may be too big of a leap of faith to think that her life would've changed all that much, and the "lesson" learned would cause her to bow.

Both stories answer the question. Only one seems to have been bolted in ambiguity. And therefore, more honest.

What I enjoyed a lot is the performances. Paula could destroy a man's will to live. And it would take a man as sincere and morally tough to sustain this "abuse". The man in question is Gary (Bret Anthony) who is a loving husband and a devoted father to two girls. He's EXACTLY what Lifetime movies dream of when it comes to ideal men. He's brow-beaten but still remains so optimistic. Challenges his wife to dance (what woman wouldn't want this?). So why in the world would Paula want anyone else?

Because the grass is always greener. Strip the riches and see the man...and the filmmaker argues, is your choice. No one is bad in this movie. I like that. Paula seems to be her worst enemy. Even as we start to blame her "dream world" husband we realize it isn't him who developed the toxic relationship...it was Paula...it's always been Paula. So we're left to conclude, Gary is a stronger man than we'd suspected in the beginning.

Yes, it's a contrivance. More appreciated during the holiday season. It has a good core with really nice performances. The pre-requisit shopping spree montage is wrangled in. Eggert goes from frumpy Mom with baggy Mom pants to stunning...easily. And it ends the way you want it to.


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