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Santa's Squad (2020)

The Santa Squad (original title)
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An unemployed art teacher accepts a job with the Santa Squad to help lift the spirits of a wealthy widower Gordon (Aaron Ashmore) and his two adorable daughters. As she helps the broken ... See full summary »

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John Bradshaw

Writer:

Mark Valenti
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Complete credited cast:
Aaron Ashmore ... Gordon Church
Rebecca Dalton ... Allie
Michael Therriault ... Daniel Hyde
Hattie Kragten ... Rose Church
Molly Lewis ... Iris Church
Jayne Eastwood ... Connie
Chris Sandiford ... Tony
Roger Dunn ... Bill McCullough
Paniz Zade ... Kimmee
James Kall ... Mr. Karl
Armando Alera Armando Alera ... Sales Clerk
Elisha Ladeza Elisha Ladeza ... Nurse
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An unemployed art teacher accepts a job with the Santa Squad to help lift the spirits of a wealthy widower Gordon (Aaron Ashmore) and his two adorable daughters. As she helps the broken family rediscover the magic of Christmas, she finds something she didn't expect: True love.

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Drama | Family | Romance

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After making the snowmen in the next scene the grass is green. Later that evening the snow is back. See more »

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Features It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Pleasant surprise
13 December 2020 | by Jackbv123See all my reviews

I saw the title and expected something goofy. The beginning with the early scenes at the community center didn't convince me otherwise. But soon after it becomes apparent that this is basically the Nanny premise, even though I don't think that word ever came up. I'm glad the writers didn't use up a lot of screen time establishing Allie's unemployment. So many movies spend time setting up the unemployment, the-dumped-by-boyfriend, or up-for-promotion premise. The scene at the community center was needed to establish relationships that come into play later.

The tone of the movie is quite upbeat with a couple of minor exceptions. The rival girlfriend is gone fairly quickly. Once the premise of the nanny at Christmas is established, the plot is predictable with one exception. Clearly there is going to be a conflict just before the climax, but this conflict was a poor choice. Personally, I don't see how anyone with Allie's experience with kids could have allowed it to happen.

Rebecca Dalton and Aaron Ashmore has a nice chemistry. I've seen Dalton before a few times and I thought this role was good for her. She does the optimistic artistic woman very well. She is also a very beautiful woman which probably causes some people to dismiss her acting.


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Country:

Canada

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English | Japanese

Release Date:

7 December 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Santa's Squad See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Reel One Pictures See more »
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