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A Very Mary Christmas (2010)

Expecting Mary is the story of a young girl, who's had all the trappings of an upscale life, but it's only when she finds herself in a small New Mexico town, in a downtrodden trailer park, ... See full summary »

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Dan Gordon

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Dan Gordon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Elliott Gould ... Horace Weitzel
Linda Gray ... Darnella
Lainie Kazan ... Lillian Littlefeather
Cloris Leachman ... Annie
Della Reese ... Doris Dorkus
Olesya Rulin ... Mary
Cybill Shepherd ... Meg
Gene Simmons ... Taylor
Fred Willard ... Jerry Zee
Duncan Bravo ... Phil Cutbarth
Kathy Lamkin ... Molly
Kinsey Packard Kinsey Packard ... Barbara
Matt Kaminsky ... Joe
Morgan Krantz ... Ryder
Teresa Ganzel ... Shar D'onnay
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Expecting Mary is the story of a young girl, who's had all the trappings of an upscale life, but it's only when she finds herself in a small New Mexico town, in a downtrodden trailer park, that she learns the real meaning of love, sacrifice and family. Written by Dan Gordon

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Sometimes we make our own families...

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Comedy | Family

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Rated PG for thematic elements involving teen pregnancy, and some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Very Mary Christmas See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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WonderStar Productions See more »
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Color:

Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Released on a Holiday collection dvd as A Very Mary Christmas. See more »

Quotes

Darnella: Mary, lets go... I found a Jew!
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A sweet, slightly off kilter, joyous little film.
27 April 2011 | by IndianbearSee all my reviews

Comfortable as old shoes, Expecting Mary is a feel good movie about family, finding friends in the strangest places, the importance of babies and in general, just surviving the life.

I was very pleasantly surprised with this little gem. For my taste, many movies categorized as comedies nowadays, simply aren't. Given, there are a lot of different styles of comedy.

Expecting Mary is not a double over in your seat, fall down laughing kind of comedy. It's a movie that makes you smile almost all the time you're watching it, with frequent intervals of chuckling and a few genuine laughs out loud. As I said, it's comfortable.

You'll see some familiar stars playing very different kinds of characters than you're used to. I wish Cloris Leachman's part had been bigger. She plays the best, and funniest, un-motherly mother I've ever seen. If you think Della Reese was typecast as all sugar and sweetness in Touched by an Angel, wait till you see her playing against her image as the grumpy owner of the strangest trailer park you've ever seen. The young actress Olesya Rulin that has the star roll playing Mary was new to me. She lives out her part as the pregnant runaway teenager in such a real and heart touching way that you'll hardly believe she's acting. I'll be looking for more from her. I don't want to give it away, but Elliot Gould is a real hoot as the Jewish truck driver.

With respect to all, for me the real star of the film was Linda Gray. She plays Darnell; the slightly mature Vegas show girl that befriends Mary. Darnell chooses to see life as something good, no matter what. She may not be the brightest bulb on the Christmas lights but she lives her life believing for the best; a true optimist in the finest sense. Wait for her last scene in the movie when she is walking the pig. That one made it for me. It's a wonderful way to pass about an hour and a half. You'll make a whole lot of new friends.


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