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Cute Holiday Romance

  • Dec 9, 2011
Single Mom and workaholic Jennifer Cullen doesn't have time for Christmas. In fact, hers is the only house not decorated with white lights per the unspoken community block agreement (which her neighbor is more than happy to remind her).

Even Jennifer's son, Brian, isn't sure if he believes in Santa (but he obviously wants to).

Jennifer is engaged to an uptight, somber jeweler who throws money at everything and everyone, and she's clearly not very happy (even though he's a "solid" match).

Enter Uncle Ralph, a retired policeman played by Henry Winkler (The Fonz!), who flies in for Christmas to stay with Jennifer and Brian. Winker is endearing (naturally) and happens to bring along a stranded (and handsome) fellow passenger.

The rest of The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is rather predictable, but it's one of the more better-acted and better-written holiday romances. I admit to shedding a few tears at the "down-to-the-wire", triumphantly joyous ending. It's a feel good movie, for sure, and my whole family loved it (even my 13-year old).

However, there's a two inexplicable sour notes in this movie: when Jennifer's syrupy neighbor encourages her to get her lights up for the umpteenth time, Jennifer says under her breath that she's a "light Nazi". I bristle at anyone trivializing the Holocaust, especially in such an inane setting.

But later in the movie, Henry Winkler's character says to Jennifer's fiancé's parents (who are apparently Jewish): "Oh, I knew a few Jews. They were all thieves". Considering Winker IS Jewish, I can't believe he agreed to speak those anti-Semitic lines!

If you're not bothered by these two examples, then you'll probably love The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. It's a really good movie that, for me, was tainted by the mention of Nazis and anti-Jewish sentiments.

-- Janet Boyer, author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse and Snowland Tarot

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Five-time Emmy nominee and Golden Globe winner Henry Winkler stars in The Most Wonderful Time of the Year, the story of what happens when you open your heart to the power of Christmas. Disenchanted single mom Jennifer Cullen (Brooke Burns) is a Scroogette when it comes to anything Christmas. In fact, even her six-year-old son, Brian, is having trouble believing in Santa Claus. But when her Uncle Ralph (Henry Winkler) visits and brings a fellow passenger from his flight named Morgan Derby (Warren Christie), Jennifer s dubious heart awakens to the possibility that perhaps Christmas really does hold miracles. It s uplifting and laugh-packed and a story that will inspire the whole family to believe.
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DVD Release Date: October 13, 2009
Runtime: 87 minutes
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