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Christmas with Holly (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | TV Movie 9 December 2012
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Traumatized by her mother's death, a 6-year-old girl stops talking but is cared for by her three uncles. The story unfolds as all of them find the importance of family.

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Allan Arkush

Writers:

Pnenah Goldstein (teleplay), Lisa Kleypas (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Faris ... Mark Nagle
Eloise Mumford ... Maggie Conway
Daniel Eric Gold ... Alex Nagle
Dana Watkins ... Scott Nagle
Catherine Bérubé ... Kate Conway
Alex Paxton-Beesley ... Shelby
Josie Gallina ... Holly Nagle
Vanessa Matsui ... Cara
Rhonda McLean ... Principal Stewart
Adam Baldwin Adam Baldwin ... Stepbrother / Musician
Fiona Forsythe Fiona Forsythe ... Chloe
Jean Yoon ... Ms. Dylan
Cynthia Galant ... Megan
Wade Carroll Wade Carroll ... Running Man
Lori Hallier ... Liz Cooper
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Mark Nagle leaves his better job and home in Seattle when his orphaned niece Holly (six), who stopped communicating since her mother's death, isn't allowed to pass to the next grade. He moves back in with his single brothers Alex and Scott, a contractor and a brilliant but jobless biological researcher and tries to impose 'child friendly' house rules while technically their guest. New to the island town is Maggie Conway, who bought a toy shop and needs her sister Kate's support plus interns after firing the experienced manager to try a child-oriented concept. It appeals particularly to Holly, and babysitting her enables a budding romance with handsome Mark, but his local ex may snatch him back. Written by KGF Vissers

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Drama | Family

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 2012 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The coffee house that Sean Faris' character owns, "T.A.N. Coffee", is an actual café in Nova Scotia which operates by the same name. See more »

Goofs

When Maggie sees Shelby off at the ferry and they hug closely, Maggie's left hand is below her right arm. After a cut, her hand is suddenly on her upper right arm, and back on Shelby's back again after another cut. See more »

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A Romance Novel Superstar Comes To The Small Screen
10 December 2012 | by Dan1863SicklesSee all my reviews

For those who don't know, "Christmas With Holly" is based on the novel "Christmas Eve At Friday Harbor" by romance author Lisa Kleypas.

Although she's not widely known outside of romance novel fandom, insiders acclaim Kleypas as the Babe Ruth, the Dale Earnhardt Sr. or even the Michael Jordan of historical romance. She's a superstar with a huge following. While her greatest novels tend to be historicals -- LADY SOPHIA'S LOVER, WORTH ANY PRICE, SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME -- this television movie gives a fair example of her storytelling magic.

After her fiancée dumps her, gorgeous, innocent Maggie travels to Friday Harbor, a remote island off the coast of Washington, to open her own toy store. She soon meets Mark Nagle, a befuddled bachelor, and his niece Holly, an adorable first grader who stopped talking after the tragic death of her mother. All ends happily in time for Christmas.

While the gorgeous cast really nails Lisa Kleypas' mixture of gentle childlike wonder and heartwarming romance (watch the scene where Maggie shows Holly the inside of her magic dollhouse) it's sort of frustrating that the darker, steamier side of Lisa Kleypas' artistry will probably never make it to the big screen. Every time I watch MAD MEN I picture Jon Hamm as Nick Gentry and Christina Hendricks as Charlotte Worth in a HARD R version of WORTH ANY PRICE. But they'll never make that movie! The problem with Lisa Kleypas is that in her really great novels, all of the action happens when the lights are out.


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