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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.

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Arlene Sanford

Writers:

Jon Maas (teleplay), Phillipa Ashley (novel)
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Cast

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 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
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Calendar Girls meets The Full Monty

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Lifetime

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 December 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twelve Men of Christmas See more »

Filming Locations:

Big Bear, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Will Albrecht: What did I expect, you know, this calendar's making everybody nuts.
Eric: Did you hear what Jan did to Bob? She caught him eating a doughnut, she grabs it out of his hands and says, "The idea is to sell the calendars." I don't know. Jan's never been so bossy before.
Will Albrecht: Well, she's never hung around with E.J. before.
Eric: I'm thinking of asking Jan out.
Will Albrecht: Well, now, I mean, if you know what you're getting yourself into. Just don't expect her to act any different once E.J. leaves town. Of course, if Jan doesn't ...
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Features Miracle on 34th Street (1947) See more »

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Let Her Gift Be Me
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Written by Jeff Meegan and Gaye Tolan Hatfield
Performed by Jeff Meegan
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Christmas story kissmiss story
1 December 2010 | by torrentstormSee all my reviews

After watching this flick this evening, I am now looking hard for something I saw really worthwhile, something moving, something not a stereotype or cliché, something not seen before or unique, something I can say to you,like: "Hey, I'd like to recommend this one because...", but, I can't think of anything.

These ideas they come up with for Christmas stories are really annoying sometimes. Haven't we seen something similar and probably better put before? A top New York (when not) publicist catches her boyfriend in a compromising situation with her lady-boss and quits her job, then after fruitlessly searching, decides to take a position working for the Mayor of a small town in Montana (again, sameo sameo), doesn't exactly fit in with the local small town life (no surprises?), finds out they have a climber's rescue team but not enough money to buy the equipment they need, so drums up the 'brainy' idea to have 12 of the town's Adonises pose semi-naked for a calendar to produce profits to meet the goals? Well, admittedly, if you are in a place this small with limited resources, you bring out your think tank and go the distance, but honestly, after the first 45 minutes or so, everything was so humdrum I was becoming bored.

The plot had some gaps that made me mentally race ahead to try understand what was going on. Then in romantic affairs, I got mixed up with who was dating who and who had a crush on who and so on and on. The only thing that stood out was that E.J. Baxter (Kristin Chenoweth) and Will Albrecht (Josh Hopkins) were slicing each other up into ribbons ever since they met, but during the last 30 minutes or so, they found out they liked each other and fall in love, or something like that anyway (surprise!). So with the right mixture of improbabilities and copycat ideas, we produce this movie called "12 Men of Christmas" (why Christmas anyway - unless referring to the general period in which things took place). If trying to place a happy, hopeful feeling about the season, well, this movie failed to get that feeling moving - it was pretty banal and hum-drum. I felt suddenly empty and missing something.

As for the rest, you find yourself really stretching imagination a bit here to understand how they created a wannabe feel-good story that doesn't leave anything to think about, cherish, comment on, criticize constructively, or learn something for posterity's sake, if nothing more. There was nothing noted in the acting either, usual lame not-good not-bad stuff.

Honestly, I watched this one because I had nothing better to do, and I was enjoying my supper meanwhile. MY supper, how was it? Good! This movie, 12 Men of Christmas? Are you kiddin'?


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