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A Joyous Christmas (2017)

A young self-help author returns to her hometown during the Christmas holidays to promote her new book. She soon discovers the true meaning of Christmas and family.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Knepp ... Rachel Kennedy
Michael Rady ... Jack Nelson
Bonnie Bedelia ... Joy
Steve Bacic ... Stuart Ryan
Marc Senior ... Paul Taylor
Chiara Guzzo Chiara Guzzo ... Bridget
David Lewis ... David
Jillian Walchuck ... Suzy
Jordan Ninkovich ... Mayor Hartley
Bobby Stewart Bobby Stewart ... Dennis (as Bobby L. Stewart)
Jaime MacLean Jaime MacLean ... Natalie
Françoise Robertson ... Brenda Store Clerk
Sam Vincent ... Austin
Connor O'Mahony Connor O'Mahony ... Max
Mischa Karwat Mischa Karwat ... Juliette
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A young self-help author returns to her hometown during the Christmas holidays to promote her new book. She soon discovers the true meaning of Christmas and family.

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Drama | Family | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Convoluted
2 December 2017 | by Jackbv123See all my reviews

Rachel is a self-help book writer who is promoting her new book "Me First" (or close to that). This movie is about her journey to realizing that Christmas is about giving to others. My first problem with this movie is that these two principles are absolutely contradictory and a self-help writer can't suddenly promote one theme when her book is about the other.

Another problem is Rachel herself. This woman is unsure of herself. For a self-help guru with at least two published books, she shows that she has almost no understanding of people. She can't see obvious things going on around her.

Finally the character Joy is nothing more than a prop. Joy herself seems confused at times.

If you can just accept all of the above without questioning, which is what you are supposed to do with Hallmark movies, you may enjoy this movie. The story has some interesting things in it including a little secret that needs to be revealed. There is a nice romance. And there are some heartwarming moments. I don't think I can be objective about the acting because some of the main characters were so self-contradictory which I think is more due to the story.


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