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Christmas Connection (2017)

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Flight attendant Sydney (Brooke Burns) is tasked with looking after Leah, an eight-year-old unaccompanied minor flying back to Chicago after visiting family. Sydney is charmed by the little... See full summary »

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Steven R. Monroe

Writers:

Andrea Stevens (teleplay by), Gregg Rossen (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooke Burns ... Sydney
Tom Everett Scott ... Jonathan
Sophie Neudorf Sophie Neudorf ... Leah (as Sohpie Neudorf)
Micheline Marchildon ... Robin
Adriana O'Neil ... Fiona
John B. Lowe ... Tom
Adam Hurtig ... Uncle Arthur
Jan Skene ... Aunt Linda
Kristen Harris ... Kerry
Kevin Ramberran Kevin Ramberran ... Gate Agent
Graham Ashmore ... Flannel Guy
Pilar Floyd ... Harried Gate Agent
Quinn Greene Quinn Greene ... Bell Ringer
Erik Athavale ... Store Clerk
Gino Anania ... Skater
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Flight attendant Sydney (Brooke Burns) is tasked with looking after Leah, an eight-year-old unaccompanied minor flying back to Chicago after visiting family. Sydney is charmed by the little girl and makes an instant connection with her. After Leah is safely delivered to her father, Jonathan (Tom Everett Scott), Sydney finds a package Leah left behind. Sydney delivers the gift back to Leah and gets invited to join in some fun, family Christmas festivities. When Sydney misses her connection, she is stuck for a few days. Grounded from her jet-setting ways, Sydney bumps into Leah and Jonathan who invite her spend the holidays with them - showing Sydney the value of a staying put long enough to fall in love. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | Family | Romance

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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In one scene from the movie is a scene of a large Christmas tree on the side of building. This shot was filmed in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. The building is the former Horne's department store building now owned by blue Cross & Blue Sheild. See more »

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At the skating rink, Sydney, Leah, and Jonathan take a selfie, in which Leah is wearing a helmet and Sydney and Jonathan are wearing winter hats. Later on, Leah gives Sydney a Christmas present of the printed selfie, in which Leah is not wearing the helmet and Leah and Jonathan are not wearing winter hats. See more »

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It's Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas
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Written by Meredith Willson
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8 December 2020 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Throughout my whole Hallmark/Lifetime Christmas film completest quest undertaken namely late last year through to early this year, an interesting quest but very mixed one, there was never the mentality of expecting a classic or the film in question to be flawless. Something that was never managed with Hallmark's output. There was always the expectation of seeing a film where one can see at least some effort rather than merely cash-in level. One could see that with most of Hallmark's output but not all.

'Christmas Connection' as far as Hallmark's Christmas films go fares quite well and is definitely worth watching and remembering. It is not flawless or a classic, but have come overtime to not expect any of those things watching a Hallmark Christmas film and have always tried to not judge them too seriously. As far as Hallmark's 2017 Christmas output goes, 'Christmas Connection' is among the better ones of a variable in quality batch.

It is a bit slow to begin with, the set up taking a little too long.

Some of the dialogue early on is pretty ropey too, the cheese really stinking up the room and the pacing is very draggy. The music could have been toned down too tonally and in placement, too constant and too loud.

However, it is worth sticking with 'Christmas Connection' if in any initial doubt as to me it did get a lot better. The production values still manage to be pleasing. It's not too drab or garish in photography, the editing didn't seem rushed or disorganised and the scenery has a real charm to it. Some of the music has some pleasant nostalgic moments. The dialogue is not great to begin with but improves when the plot properly kicks in, not being too sweet and it flows at least.

Furthermore, the story is light-hearted and really warms the heart without going into over-saccharine territory despite being familiar territory in tropes and thematically. The characters were on the most part ones easy to get behind and carry the film well. The acting is well above average, with the two leads being very endearing and having a very natural chemistry together. Sophie Neudorf is a likeable presence too.

Concluding, worthwhile and worth remembering if not quite a must watch. 7/10


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Christmas Connection See more »

Filming Locations:

Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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16:9 HD
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