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Catch a Christmas Star (2013)

With the help of his two precocious kids, a widower reconnects with his high school sweetheart, who just happens to be one of the biggest pop stars on the planet.


John Bradshaw
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Complete credited cast:
Shannon Elizabeth ... Nikki Crandon
Steve Byers ... Chris Marshall
Julia Lalonde ... Sophie Marshall
Kyle Breitkopf ... Jackson Marshall (as Kyle Harrison Breitkopf)
Doug MacLeod ... Mark
Maria Ricossa ... Shelley
Billy MacLellan ... Jason
Christopher Jacot ... Carmine
Zack Werner Zack Werner ... Jaycee Silvestri
Traci Melchor Traci Melchor ... Reporter
Melissa Grelo Melissa Grelo ... TV Host 1
Christopher Russell ... Henry Williams (as Chris Russell)
Darryl Flatman Darryl Flatman ... Kelvin


Nikki Crandon is one of the biggest pop stars on the planet. Whether she's singing the National Anthem or promoting her latest album, everyone knows who she is-none more so than New Jersey high school basketball coach and widower Chris Mitchell, who was Nikki's first love in high school. When Chris' 10-year-old daughter Sophie finds out her dad still has feelings for the singer, she takes matters into her own hands. With her 8-year-old brother Jackson in tow, Sophie succeeds in reuniting the two. But when a misunderstanding and the growing glare of the public spotlight threaten Chris and Nikki's happiness, one can only wonder: will fame get in the way of a Merry Christmas? Written by Happy_Evil_Dude

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Aired as the sixth of thirteen original films in The Hallmark Channel's 2013 "Countdown to Christmas" lineup. See more »


References The Matrix (1999) See more »


Christmas Star
Performed by Shannon Elizabeth
Written by Stacey Hersh, Jeremy Fisher and Robert Vaughn
[The final non-encore song Nikki performs at the Christmas Eve concert]
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Good Movie with Some Subtle Cross References
2 December 2013 | by gmw803See all my reviews

It seemed a little out of character. Shannon Elizabeth, having played in several sultry roles and in a few other movies where clothes came off,was cited as the lead star in a Hallmark movie, a network that thrives on cutesy and family oriented entertainment. The movie is rated G. Why would the casting director be interested in Shannon Elizabeth? While this question is never really answered, her having been cast in the lead provided at least two opportunities for cross-referencing Elizabeth's other appearances, particularly in her brief appearance in Love Actually. Shortly past the middle of the movie, Elizabeth's assistant, Carmine, tries to advise her about how to express her feelings to the male lead character Chris Marshall. He asks her if she had ever seen the movie "Love Actually," likely a deliberate reference to a movie she has not only seen, but had played in. But what has to be deliberate is that the character name of the love of her life, Chris Marshall, is phonetically identical to the name of the actor who played Elizabeth's boyfriend in Love Actually, Kris Marshall.

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17 November 2013 (USA) See more »

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Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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