Brownie Films

Julia Duffy, David Ogden Stiers, Kirby Heyborne, Blake Bashoff, Kelly Stables, Lauren Storm, Michelle Page, Joey Lawrence, Larisa Oleynik

Mom and Dad married seven years before, but the blended family has never gotten together in the same house at the same time. They just don’t get along. But this year they all come home for Christmas to set off World War III. One of the girls shows up with a new boyfriend who happens to be the ex of her sister. Then Mom announces that the family is to appear on a “Family Christmas” segment on her TV show which everyone screws up royally. Finally, one of the family members has a deep dark secret that threatens to blow the lid off the whole holiday. This is a Christmas family comedy about a big family who doesn’t like each other very much.

This film is on TV this Christmas once again. It’s a decent family drama centered around the holidays. They all do a pretty decent job of being hysterically funny one moment and deadly serious the next. It has a lot of heart and is a lot of fun at the same time. Everyone has to learn how to compromise to fit into this dysfunctional family, and it’s fun to watch them figure it all out. One of the best lines, when Mom says to her son, “You need to get some counseling” and he responds, “So do you”. They all need all the help they can get. This is a simple film, not too intense, and nice change of pace for a littler known film for the holidays. I enjoyed it.

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Marvista Entertainment

Julie Gonzalo, Kelly Stables, K.C. Clyde, Alley Mills, Bruce Davison

In the first story, Rod (Bruce Davison) and Katherine (Alley Mills) are retiring and moving to Florida. In this story, they are living the relaxing life on the beach. They have a neighbor Lisa (Julie Gonzalo), who also has a love for Golden Retrievers and who is separated from her ex, David and they are convinced that they belong together. So Rod and Katherine set out to get the couple back together with the help of a basket of Golden Retriever puppies and some cute neighborhood kids.

This sequel to A Golden Christmas is not (in my opinion) nearly as good as the first. It’s hard to get the Christmas spirit when the parents are living alone in Florida and missing their home and their family like crazy. Also, there’s no cute back story going on like there is in the first one. The puppy love story between the two little kids was cute, but I just didn’t find enough going on here to really recommend this. I know some people are going to love it, after all it has puppies in it, but for me, it just didn’t grab you. I found it totally boring for the most part, and it just didn’t work.

This film is brand new in 2011, but not widely available yet. However, it is available on Netflix “Watch Instantly”. There are some other outlets, and it is shown on TV from time to time.

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** Santa Baby 2: Christmas Maybe

Alberta Film Entertainment, Well done Productions

Jenny McCarthy, Kelly stables, Kris Holden-Ried, Paul Sorvino, Dean McDermott, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Lynne Griffin, Richard Side, Holly Anne Emmerson

Santa (Paul Sorvino) is ready for a vacation.  Actually, they describe it as a bit of a mid-life crisis.  He expects Mary to step back in and take over for him while he plays golf, and travels.  Mary is reluctant to take over, but Santa won’t budge.  Since she was here before in the original Santa Baby, changes have been made and the North Pole is more efficient giving them more free time.  Santa hired Teri (Kelly Stables) to fill in at the mail department, but she’s set on taking over the whole operation.  Teri realizes that Mary is in her way, so she sets out to make it as unfriendly as possible, first by pushing the elves to strike.  Mary, meanwhile is trying to handle her old job by telecommuting from the North Pole.  Teri’s interference at the pole, and the stresses of keep up her old job make it difficult.  Things look bad until it’s finally revealed that Teri is not who she says she it.

A followup to the original Santa Baby, this has the same old cliche’s.  Santa’s tired and wants to turn it over to the reluctant heir.  The whole deal with Teri is a bit of a diversion, but it’s good fun and a typical Christmas movie with a few laughs.  Paul Sorvino plays a pretty jolly Santa, and Terri’s pretty good as the bad guy.  Not anything really special, but it’s just a simple Santa story that isn’t too bad.

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