Hoping to reconnect with his family, a man takes over Christmas duties for Santa Claus.Hoping to reconnect with his family, a man takes over Christmas duties for Santa Claus.Hoping to reconnect with his family, a man takes over Christmas duties for Santa Claus.
As the Christmas season approaches, Dan Ryebeck (Ethan Erickson) is facing unemployment, and struggling to pay for the gifts he thinks will impress his two kids, Sally (Annie Thurman) and Joe (Griffin Cleveland). Always chasing a new business idea, Dan hasn't had time for family, including his wife Linda (Anne Dudek), who is finally fed up and filing divorce papers. Threatened by Linda's handsome and successful young boss, Trevor, Dan knows he must make this Christmas the best one yet to win his family back. But after auditioning for a mall Santa job and quickly losing his cool, Dan is frustrated and broke, blaming the holidays for his troubles. Little does he know his luck is about to turn around when the real Kris Kringle (Donovan Scott) pays him a visit from the North Pole. Deciding to take a vacation and leave Dan in charge, Kris sends his hard-working elf assistant Eddie (Sean Astin) to guide Dan as the new Santa Claus, hoping he'll learn a lesson in Christmas spirit. With the sudden power to impress Linda and the kids by making every wild Christmas wish come true, Dan soon gets carried away. As the fate of the whole world's Christmas rests in his hands, can Dan focus on what his family really needs without flubbing his greatest gig yet? —rogue056
A decent idea, far to be original. Reasonable performances. And, unfortunately, a not the most coherent story. The good point - Sean Astin and his effort for a seductive helper of Santa. The bad thing - the formal performances, lost in a story who must give too much from care for family to save the Christmas. Sure, nice intentions. But not more than intentions because the poor Ethan Erickson has the wrong role and Anne Dudek seems blank in her performance. But , it is a Christmas Hallmark film. Not so bad, in fact.
- Dec 27, 2018
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