A woman visits her parents for Christmas. Hearing that they've "sold" the house, she wants to buy it. At 9 she had a BFF in the woods nearby named Han Solo. She and the buyer are single, divorced and have a child each. Is he her Han?


John Murlowski


Jay Cipriani (screenplay)





Cast overview:
Andrea Roth ... Jessica
Nicholas Brendon ... Michael
Elisa Donovan ... Anna
Bruce Davison ... Rod
Alley Mills ... Katherine
Jason London ... Mitch
Daniel Zykov Daniel Zykov ... Henry
Melody Hollis ... Madeline
Sherman Sherman ... The Dog
Robert Seay ... Chet
Kali Majors ... Young Jessica
Sam Cohen Sam Cohen ... Young Michael
Chastity Dotson ... Jill Robington


Jessica is a federal lawyer who returns to her parent's home for Christmas. When she discovers that the house where she grew up was sold to a stranger, Jessica look for ways to buy it back again. She tries to get Michael (the new owner) arrested, but she also doesn't remember who he really is. Written by Chockys

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Jessica, Anna, Rod and Katherine's Family Name is Wright, but they are all credited by their first names. The Family Name is only spoken. See more »


SPOILER:. When the golden retriever picks up the "time capsule" lunch box it has a fixed handle that appears to be designed for a dog to pick up. The next cut Michael moves the box to a table it has a traditional lunch box handle. See more »


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What is your childhood trauma?
9 November 2020 | by adamjohns-42575See all my reviews

Why do all of these seemingly normal men fall for these crazy, horrible women? You have to wonder what happened to Jessica to make her so bitter and jaded? Her parents were really nice and Henry, her son, must have taken after his dad, because he was lovely. So why has she made her life so hard and her personality so appalling?

We already know that Nicholas Brendon can do better. After all, he got together with Cordelia, Anya and Willow in Buffy, I'm really not sure why he's pursuing this damaged individual.

It's all acted well and the story itself isn't bad, I like the time capsule bit, but Jessica's attitude is just really gross and upsets what could have been a cute romance instead of an unbelievable love story.

The dog is adorable.

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Release Date:

13 December 2009 (USA) See more »

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The Holiday House See more »

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Maple Island Films See more »
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