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Coming Home for Christmas (2013)

Not Rated | | Family | TV Movie 29 October 2013
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After their parents separate, two estranged sisters who haven't been on speaking terms reunite in hopes that having a family Christmas all together for the first time in years will bring ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Benjamin Hollingsworth ... Mike
Carly McKillip ... Kate
Britt McKillip ... Melanie
Amy Jo Johnson ... Wendy
George Canyon George Canyon ... Al
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sarah Madison Barrow ... Young Kate
Kennedi Clements ... Samantha
Dakota Guppy ... Young Melanie
Jordan McIntosh Jordan McIntosh ... Ryan (as Jordan Mcintosh)
Vanessa Parise ... Jill
Aaron Pritchett ... Kate's Boss Harry
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After their parents separate, two estranged sisters who haven't been on speaking terms reunite in hopes that having a family Christmas all together for the first time in years will bring their Mom and Dad close again. They plan to do this in their old family home... the only problem is someone else lives there now. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Házhoz jön a karácsony See more »

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The sisters are played by real life sisters Carly and Britt mckilip See more »

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According to the story, Mike and his buddy were Marines. Yet, when Mike first meets Kate he is not wearing a Marine uniform, but is dressed in Army dress blues instead. See more »

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Sweet, but some structural flaws
22 December 2013 | by JaynaBSee all my reviews

I wanted to like this movie, and I did like the heroine, played by Canadian vocalist and child actress Carly McKillip. She and her real-life sister, Britt McKillip (think "My Little Pony") play sisters who get back in touch after a long estrangement, spurred by their parents' separation.

In theory this is a moving tale of family reconciliation. In practice, it tried to do too much with too little, at least on the head of the lead character. Carly gave it a valiant effort, but there was very little story in her character; even for a more experienced actress to work with. This is an okay-enough, even dull, girl's attempt at bringing her family together, without much in the way of struggle or more effort than talking to a stranger (eye-candy Ben Hollingsworth) who is only too happy to make her acquaintance and agree to everything she asks.

It's a bad sign when the subsidiary characters are given deep, meaningful problems that cry out to be tackled head-on and overcome, and then those problems are simply ignored for the rest of the movie in favour of our dull girl's dull journey toward a foregone conclusion.

All that negativity aside, the romance was sweet and developed gradually. The movie sets have pretty holiday decorations that mostly look normal family scale. And there's some singing, though not of well-known carols for a change. The backdrop, of BC mountains masquerading as Oregonian ones, is lovely to look at although the weather is suspiciously low-snow for a mountain town coming up on Christmas.

If you are playing board games or wrapping presents and want some background holiday themed TV, this is fine. But even a holiday movie fanatic like me wouldn't seek it out again on purpose.


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