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Dear Santa (2011)

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A young woman who comes from a life of privilege falls for the owner of a soup kitchen after discovering a Dear Santa letter written by his seven year old daughter.

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Jason Priestley
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Cast

Cast overview:
Amy Acker ... Crystal Carruthers
David Haydn-Jones ... Derek Gowen
Emma Duke Emma Duke ... Olivia Gowen
Patrick Creery ... Pete Kennedy
Gina Holden ... Jillian
James Dugan James Dugan ... Frank McCourt
Margherita Donato Margherita Donato ... Kim
Brooklynn Proulx ... Sharla
Paulina 'Miel' Chmielecka ... Saleswoman (as Paulina Chmielecka)
Bob Irvine Bob Irvine
James D. Hopkin James D. Hopkin ... Mr. Norman Lockhart
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Beverly Hills 90210 alumni Jason Priestly takes the helm for this warmhearted romantic comedy about a die-hard party girl struggling to change her frivolous ways. Crystal (Amy Acker) comes from a wealthy family. She loves spending money. Her parent's money. When they decide it is time for her to make something of her life they give her until Christmas to clean up her act. Should Crystal fail to comply, her credit cards will be promptly cancelled. Petrified at the prospect of having no money and no boyfriend, Crystal has a flash of inspiration when she finds a letter to Santa from seven year old Olivia (Emma Duke). In the letter, Olivia asks Santa to find her widowed father Derek (David Haydn-Jones) a new wife. He owner of a local soup kitchen, Derek has dedicated his life to helping others. Though Crystal has never set foot in a soup kitchen, she soon seeks Derek out and begins volunteering her time in an effort to get closer to him. Little does Crystal realize that Derek's girlfriend... Written by Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caro Babbo Natale... See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD 3,950,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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In addition to Amy Acker and Gina Holden, David Haydn-Jones has also been in Supernatural, although many years later. See more »

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When Crystal is talking on her iPhone, the display is clearly still on the home screen. See more »

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References Desperate Housewives (2004) See more »

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Music by Mitch Lee
Sung by Jocelyn Alice
(p) 2011 Locash Records
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Cupid Plays Santa
30 December 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Pretty and perky Park Avenue shopper Amy Acker (as Crystal Carruthers) finds a "Dear Santa" letter blown away from a mailbox. The letter is from an adorable little girl named "Olivia" (Emma Duke) who is asking Santa to bring her widower father a new wife. Feeling adventurous, Ms. Acker decides to investigate. She finds Olivia's father even more adorable. The handsome and dreamy-eyed David Hayden-Jones (as Derek Gowen) runs a soup kitchen for the homeless, and Acker is mistaken for a volunteer...

Strangely, Mr. Hayden-Jones does not seem notice Acker looks at him with desire. He is engaged to scheming Gina Holden (as Jillian), who steals the movie. But Patrick Creery (as Pete Kennedy) scores points by wearing a pink chef's uniform (pink, get it?) and other accessories with bemusement. Stubborn James Dugan (as Frank McCourt) does well with his small homeless role. Actor-turning-director Jason Priestley samples some "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961); it's dumb, but funny and easy to swallow.

****** Dear Santa (11/26/11) Jason Priestley ~ Amy Acker, David Hayden-Jones, Gina Holden, Patrick Creery


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