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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2008)

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Corporate analyst and single mom, Jen, tackles Christmas with a business-like approach until her uncle arrives with a handsome stranger in tow.

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Michael Scott (as Michael M. Scott)

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Bruce Graham
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooke Burns ... Jennifer Cullen
Henry Winkler ... Uncle Ralph
Warren Christie ... Morgan Derby
Connor Christopher Levins ... Brian Cullen (as Connor Levins)
Woody Jeffreys ... Richard Windom
Serge Houde ... Stephen Windom
Rebecca Toolan ... Winnie Windom
Michael Roberds Michael Roberds ... Chet Wojorski
Rukiya Bernard ... Denise
Jennifer Clement ... Rita
Vanesa Tomasino ... Wanda
Lauro David Chartrand-DelValle ... Mugger (as Lauro Chartrand)
Kathryn Kirkpatrick ... Supervisor
Sonya Anand Sonya Anand ... Attendant
Sian Sladen Sian Sladen ... Airline Employee
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The overwhelming tasks that go along with Christmas have taken the joy out of the holidays for busy single mom Jennifer Cullen. Then her Uncle Ralph arrives at her home with the young, handsome Morgan Derby. Morgan's love of Christmas, and life, is contagious and as Jennifer glumly navigates through the holidays, she soon realizes that what she needs most is right under her nose. Stars Henry Winkler, Brooke Burns and Warren Christie. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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On the DVD version of "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" it is Full Screen and the audio is high-pitched. While the Digital version and Hallmark Channel showing is Widescreen and the audio is Normal pitched. Just like it is shown on Hallmark Channel. See more »

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When Jenny and Morgan are driving home from picking up the bike and sitting in the car in the driveway, she is not anymore wearing the same jacket and scarf she wore before, she wears the outfit from picking up Morgan from the Airport at the end at the movie. See more »

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Uncle Ralph: Is she naked?
Morgan Derby: No! No!
Uncle Ralph: I told you, she's a weird girl.
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An overly familiar plot....presented in a fresh and delightful manner
28 December 2008 | by gee-15See all my reviews

Christmas-themed romantic comedies seem to be all the rage right now. You can watch about a hundred of these movies every December and the plots are generally the same: attractive single father (or mother) with steady, stable (boring) boyfriend (girlfriend) and cute kid(s) meets seemingly inappropriate man(woman) who works their way into their heart as well as instills the "true" meaning of Christmas. There are a few variations (sometimes Santa gets involved, sometimes there is some kind of magical element). The variation I like the least involves the children doing the matchmaking (Ugh! What child of any age has ANY interest in his or her parent's love life?) What does "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" offer? Nothing new EXCEPT sharp writing, actual comedy, and Henry Winkler.

Yes! Winkler really makes this movie with his funny, warm portrayal of our heroine's interfering uncle Ralph from Brooklyn. This is the first comedy I've seen him in in a long time, and he really does shine in these kinds of pictures.

However, Brooke Burns and Warren Christie are also very fun to watch as the mismatched couple. I liked that they didn't make Burns a Scrooge who hates Christmas. She is simply a busy woman who loves her son and wants Christmas to be special. And in her desire to do so, has lost sight of what Christmas should be. And kudos to Connor Christopher Levins who gives a boy with some mature habits (his penchant for organization) some very real childlike desires (his wish to believe in Santa even when logic dictates he shouldn't).

The plot moves along very briskly and the movie seems to end all too soon. Would that we could all be neighbors to such warm, funny and attractive people! There's even a good message about how we need to stopping stressing about Christmas.

My favorites quote (from Uncle Ralph): "When it comes to life, she's dumber than a bag of barber hair!"


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