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Christmas in the City (2013)

With the threat of having to close her father's candy store, Wendy and her six-year-old daughter Grace travel to the big city in hopes of making extra holiday cash to save their family ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ashley Williams ... Wendy Carroll
Ashanti ... Teanna Musk
Jon Prescott ... Tom Wolman
Shanola Hampton ... Angie
Kylie Noelle Price Kylie Noelle Price ... Grace Carroll (as Kyle Price)
David Ralphe David Ralphe ... Harry Wolman
Beverly Leech ... Meg Carroll
Josh Crotty ... Bruno
Michael Durrell ... Santa
Stewart Scott ... Ken Moore
Duncan Joiner ... William
Fred Mancuso ... Bob Henderson
Joel Rush ... Hunky Santa #1
Andrew Ashton Andrew Ashton ... Hunky Santa #2 (as Andy Ashton)
Michael Potter ... Bank Manager
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Storyline

With the threat of having to close her father's candy store, Wendy and her six-year-old daughter Grace travel to the big city in hopes of making extra holiday cash to save their family store. When she's offered a job in the toy department of Wolman's, the city's biggest department store, Wendy can't wait! Her excitement doesn't last long when the store's new corporate fixer, Teanna, progressively destroys the Christmas spirit throughout the store, replacing Santa with hunky male underwear models surrounded by elfin "babes." What no one is aware of is that Teanna has in fact sacked the real Santa. Wendy reaches out to the old man, but it seems even he is giving up hope. With her daughter losing faith in the holiday, Wendy realizes the true meaning of Christmas needs to return to Wolman's before it is too late. Written by Anonymous/edited by statmanjeff

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le Père Noël est licencié! See more »

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Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)
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Johnson Production Group See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The movie shown on the television in the apartment is from another Lifetime movie, Holiday High School Reunion, which had Jon Prescott (Tom) and Josh Crotty (Bruno) as cast members. See more »

Goofs

When Tom Wolman sees the fax machine printing out a contract between Teanna Musk and the potential new Wolman Department Store backer, it comes out of the machine already crumpled. If there was a an issue with the fax machine and it was crumpling paper as it printed, the text would be blurred or illegible, as-is, the text is perfectly printed. Tom goes on to crumple the paper in disgust, suggesting that the same paper was used for multiple takes. See more »

Quotes

Teanna Musk: Have no fear, Teanna's here.
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Connections

References 101 Dalmatians (1961) See more »

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It's Christmas
Written and performed by Ashanti
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I should hate this but I don't
8 May 2017 | by TheMan896325See all my reviews

This film is so far fetched that it borders on camp however, Ashley Williams makes the film watchable and believable. This is not easy because this film has things that are crazy.

Example Angie lives in an apartment that she could never afford. Tom is "Good looking" "Nice" and "single"? Then there is Teeana Setting up Wendy and when she is caught she doesn't even go to jail?

Putting all of that aside I still love this film. It all comes down to"Faith" "Hope" "Family" and "Traditions".

The main plot of the film is that Wendy Carroll (Ashley Williams) and her six-year-old daughter Grace (Kylie Price) live in a small town where Christmas is everywhere, she gets a foreclosure notice three weeks before Christmas for her father's candy store that she has ran for the last five years. To make some extra money and save the candy store Carroll and Grace travel to the big city. She stays with her friend Angie from back home whom just got a major part in a play. Angie works at Wolman's Department store where she takes Carrol to apply for a temp job. On waiting for Angie to check in she meets Tom who manages the store and offer's her a job in the toy department of Wolmans, the city's biggest department store, Wendy can't wait! She thinks the store is amazing, with all the Christmas holiday cheer, unfortunately her excitement doesn't last long when the store's manager, Teanna (Ashanti), destroys the Christmas spirit throughout the store and replaces Santa. (Michael Durrell) with a hunky male underwear model surrounded by elfin "babes."

I don't want to give too much away but I love it when it seems the whole world breaks out and sings "Oh Come All Ye Faithful". I am not religious but that moment is magic to me. This film has a vibe that reminds me of the movies "Disney" made in the 1960's and 1970's

Very family safe. Not for everyone. However if you want to watch a film about a woman trying to hang on to family traditions and succeeding then watch this. I wish this was available on DVD however you can stream it on Netflix.

I am looking forward to seeing Ashley Williams on other projects.


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