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The Christmas Switch (2014)

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Through Eddie's wit and guile, he gives Sam that last night and finally finds the real meaning of Christmas the gambler's way.

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Paul Lynch
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Natasha Henstridge ... Susan Wells
Brian Krause ... Eddie Bennett
Cedric Smith ... Sam Wells
Krista Bridges ... Barbara Morgan
George Buza ... Burly Man
Christopher Lee Clements Christopher Lee Clements ... Louie (as Christopher Clements)
Rob deLeeuw ... George Oakville
Scott Gorman ... Al
Keram Malicki-Sánchez ... Manny
James Millington James Millington ... Dr. Johnson
Skyler Wexler ... Rich Daughter
Sugith Varughese ... Mr. Sanjip
Topper George McGinty Topper George McGinty ... Tommy's (10 year old) (as Tpper McGinty)
Tony Rosato ... Salesman
Alison Jutzi ... Rich Mother
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Eddie Bennett is a fast-talking, Three-card Monte dealer who has hustled the streets of New York City for the last 15 years. Eddie along with his friends, has mastered every scam there is until one day he is visited by a mysterious man who offers him an unusual proposition. He will give Eddie the chance to achieve eternal redemption for all the bad deeds he has done. The price is simple: he must transfer his spirit to a different body for three weeks. This way an aging, ailing Santa Claus, Sam, can use Eddie's body to play St. Nick for one more Christmas. Eddie thinks the man is nuts and beside, redemption is a sucker's bet. If he were to go through with the deal, he'd want a million dollars in cash. That's the pay off. The mysterious man snaps his fingers and a million dollars appears before a dumbfounded Eddie. "The choice is yours," says the man. "You can have the money or the pearly gates. That's up to you. All we want is your body for a few weeks." For one second Eddie hesitates ... Written by Ron Peterson

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Redemption at christmas
23 December 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Christmas has always been my favourite time of year, as it means lots of family time and reliving the nostalgia of singing and listening to carols, watching Christmas films and animations, playing festive games and opening presents. It will always be dear to my heart and nothing will ever change that for the world.

'The Christmas Switch', seeing it as someone who wanted to see a different festive film other than the ones watched every year, is never going to be one of my favourites or one of the timeless festive films. Did find it to not be exactly great and that there are flaws. 'The Christmas Switch' is though a more than watchable film and avoids some, though not all, of the traps that other Christmas films have fallen into. One of the better new Christmas films seen recently.

As to be expected, the story is predictable and has very few surprises, a lot of easily telegraphed scenes here. Occasionally the pace drags.

It is not without its cheesy and schmaltzy moments as well and some of the acting is really not much to write home about.

However, 'The Christmas Switch' is a decent looking film, with some lovely scenery especially. The music provides some affectionate nostalgia and is pleasant to listen to, while the direction avoids being too routine. Didn't find myself irritated by the characters at least and wasn't bored.

Despite the predictability, 'The Christmas Switch' has its heart in the right place and has a sweet and relevant message that is easily relatable and didn't feel preachy. There is definitely a festive spirit and the atmosphere is very difficult to dislike. Lots of warmth and charm here, with enough parts to warm and melt the heart, never does it feel too juvenile or mean-spirited and the sentimentality doesn't become too much. Other actors are better than average and has some appeal.

Overall, likeable and above average if nothing to be blown away by. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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