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12 Men of Christmas (2009)

A high-powered New York City publicist finds herself in Montana promoting a charity calendar after being betrayed by her boss and fiancé. Unfortunately, matters of the heart are just as complicated in the wilds as they are in the big city.


Arlene Sanford


Jon Maas (teleplay), Phillipa Ashley (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Kristin Chenoweth ... E.J. Baxter
Josh Hopkins ... Will Albrecht
Anna Chlumsky ... Jan Lucas
Erin Dilly ... Roz Baxter
Stephen Huszar ... Jason Farrar
Heather Hanson ... Lillah Sherwood
Jefferson Brown ... Eric
Craig Eldridge ... Mayor Bob Baker
Chantal Perron ... Dr. Marci Hempel
Paul Constable ... Dave Hempel
Aaron Abrams ... Les Pizula
Frank Chiesurin ... Scott Lewis
Peter Mooney ... Noah
Joe Norman Shaw ... Eddie
Jessie Pavelka ... Henry Diepeveen


E.J. Baxter has what she considers the trifecta of New York perfection: the perfect job as a PR executive with Lillah Sherwood's firm where she is the miracle maker; the perfect apartment; and the perfect man in her fiancé and coworker, Noah. E.J.'s life comes crashing down just before Christmas when she is fired from her job, and finds out that Noah is cheating on her, which not only leads to her calling off their engagement but changing what were to be their romantic holiday plans. After a few months of not being able to find a job with a reputable rival PR firm because of no one willing to cross Lillah, E.J. is forced to accept one of the two less than perfect jobs offered to her. The job that she accepts from Mayor Bob Baker is to work in Kalispell, Montana - population 19,000 and located hours from a large city - on a one year contract for its tourist board to encourage corporate retreats to the town. E.J. is a fish out of water in Kalispell, but finds that there are some ... Written by Huggo

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Calendar Girls meets The Full Monty


Comedy | Romance


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Kristin Chenoweth's character talks to her sister about The Wizard of Oz (1939); Chenoweth starred in the Broadway musical production "Wicked" which parallels the story depicted in the classic film. See more »


During the abseiling party (which almost no one in America would call it), they are rapelling on ATCs which require one hand below the device to brake the rapeller. Yet E.J. is shown holding onto the ropes above the device with both hands when she panics yet she is staying in place (and there is no bottom belay as shown when she does get down). See more »


Will Albrecht: Well, Ms. Baxter.
E.J. Baxter: Mr. Albrecht.
Will Albrecht: How 'bout that? We actually have something in common. We both go to the post office on Saturdays.
E.J. Baxter: Hm. I imagine a lot of people do.
Will Albrecht: Yeah, well, I'm sure you're right. Enjoying your day?
E.J. Baxter: Hm. Just doing errands.
Will Albrecht: Me too.
E.J. Baxter: You'll be surprised to know that I haven't gotten lost once yet today.
Will Albrecht: Well, it's not even noon yet, so... Yeah, Saturday mornings are all about errands for me, but then I always head to this little brunch place down the block.
E.J. Baxter: Nice.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »


Bang for Bucks
Performed by Nicholas Nolan
[at the bake sale]
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decent surrogate
26 December 2016 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

like many films from the same genre, it is a surrogate. romance, crumbs from classic comedies, pieces from Jane Austen, actors in skin of legends - Kristin Chenoweth as a version of Eve Marie Saint, Josh Hopkins as a form of Cary Grant. sure, very far by original, not realistic, with a story who seems far to be coherent. but nice. and this is the most important thing in this case. because it is the only thing who could be expected. the subject is so old, the performances are far to be bad and the idea has the chance to seduce. the war between E. J. and Will is fake but the aspects from a small community from Montana looking the work for a noble cause is not real awful but could be useful. so, a film for Christmas. and it is enough !

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Release Date:

5 December 2009 (USA) See more »

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Twelve Men of Christmas See more »

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Big Bear, California, USA See more »

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