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Noelle (2019)

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Santa's daughter must take over the family business when her father retires and her brother, who is supposed to inherit the Santa role, gets cold feet.

Director:

Marc Lawrence

Writer:

Marc Lawrence (script)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Kendrick ... Noelle Kringle
Shirley MacLaine ... Elf Polly
Bill Hader ... Nick Kringle
Kingsley Ben-Adir ... Jake Hapman
Julie Hagerty ... Mrs. Claus
Billy Eichner ... Gabriel Kringle
Maceo Smedley ... Alex Hapman
Diana Maria Riva ... Helen Rojas
Anthony Konechny ... Elf Ted
Michael Gross ... Elder Elf Abe
Billy Griffith ... Elder Elf Billy
Aliza Vellani ... Tech Elf Jojo
Amitai Marmorstein ... Tech Elf Robrob
Ron Funches ... Elf Mortimer
Gary Sekhon ... Tech Elf Maxwell
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Storyline

Noelle has always had to support and encourage her brother Nick, who was ordained to take over as Santa. When Nick disappears right before Christmas, Noelle goes on a funny and heartfelt journey to find him and, ultimately, what Christmas is really about.

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Saving Christmas together? Oh, joy.


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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This is the only Disney+ film of 2010s to be rated G by the MPA This is the first Disney's live-action film to be rated G by the MPAA since Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009) plus it was only G rated Live Action film of 2019. See more »

Goofs

The gavel changes pieces broken after banging so hard in some scenes. See more »

Quotes

Noelle Kringle: I'm from a little town up north.
Alex Hapman: Canada?
Noelle Kringle: Canada wishes!
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Crazy Credits

The title of the movie doesn't appear at all till end credits roll. See more »


Soundtracks

'Tis the Season
Written by Rehya Stevens, Jon Kubis
Performed by Rehya Stevens
Courtesy of Steven Scharf Entertainment on behalf of Rehya Music
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A Likeable Mixed Bag
13 November 2019 | by kjproulxSee all my reviews

Disney has officially released its long-awaited streaming service, Disney+. While many viewers are excited to rewatch their classic favourites and new upcoming Star Wars and Marvel series, it also seems that they will be creating their own original films every so often as well. One of their first at launch was that of Noelle. Just in time for the Christmas season, Disney+ released this Christmas film to warm the hearts of families around the world. Sadly, I feel that the execution of this movie is a mixed bag. Do I think Disney+ is worth purchasing? Yes, very much so. Do I think this is the movie that you should watch before anything else? Probably not.

After the passing of their father, siblings Noelle (Anna Kendrick) and Nick (Bill Hader) find themselves having to take over the family business. With their father having been Santa Claus and them having lived in the North Pole all their lives, they know nothing else. Nick is next in line to become Santa but ultimately flees the scene when nerves kick in. Noelle ventures to find him and hijinks ensue. Noelle is a film that works as a sweet, yet super corny little Holiday flick, but the third act of the film sort of took away from the rest of it for me.

Without giving anything away for those who wish to watch, the third act of this movie really begins to hit you over the head with the messages it's trying to send. While I have no problems with these messages, it's almost like the filmmakers thought viewers didn't see these messages slowly presenting themselves throughout the entire movie. I liked the conclusion for what it was, but the way it was executed fell flat for me. There was a lot of emotion set-up throughout the movie that does have a payoff, but I felt disconnected from it all.

Anna Kendrick is as loveable and quirky as she has always been and Bill Hader (although having much less screen time) is quite good with the material he is given as well. Where this movie fell apart was easily in the screenplay. I didn't mind the direction here, in fact, I actually liked it, which was no surprise seeing as I enjoyed director Marc Lawrence's work on Music & Lyrics. With that said, he also wrote this screenplay and I found a few key elements were missing to make the finale of this movie truly work.

In the end, Noelle is a passable, at times very enjoyable Christmas movie, but ultimately collapses by the end for me. It's not that I despised where they went, it's just how it was done. For fans of Holiday films, no matter what they are about, this movie might appeal to you more. I personally love a great Holiday flick and I'm usually pretty forgiving of them, but this one didn't quite work. It's not a bad movie, but I was certainly hoping for better.


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Country:

USA

Release Date:

12 November 2019 (USA) See more »

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Walt Disney Pictures See more »
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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