** Unlikely Angel (1996)

Sandollar Productions, The Kushner-Locke Company

Dolly Parton, Roddy McDowall, Brian Kerwin, Allison Mack, Eli Marienthal, Ricki Dale, Matt Lincoln, James Lurie, Maria del Mar, Frances Peach, Gary Sandy

Ruby Diamond (Parton) is a country singer waiting for something to happen.  Well, it does, and suddenly she finds herself at the gate face to face with St. Peter (Roddy McDowall).  She was not the most virtuous girl, so it didn’t look good, but her last act on earth was to sacrifice her life for a cute little deer, so Peter thinks maybe she deserves a chance to redeem herself.   She has 6 days until Christmas to prove her worth.  She ends up with a single father and two kids, a girl and a boy.   These are brats, and Dad is not up to dealing with them, so Ruby Diamond (she’s a gem) is playing Nanny.

Now that Mom’s gone, the kids and Dad are all pretty down on the whole Christmas thing.  Ruby tries really hard, she really does, but she can’t catch a break anywhere.

This is a very classy movie, and Dolly sings.  She carries the movie with a lot of heart.  Roddy McDowall is excellent as well.  This has a lot of heart, and is a great story of love and caring, forgetting the past, and moving on. With the hurt this family has endured, it’s nice they get a little heavenly help, but it’s not an easy task.  Ruby has her hands full.  It’s funny and clever, but very sweet.  This is a good one to search out.

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