Each movie listed includes: 

(1) Title (2) Rating (3) Genres (4) Starring (5) Synopsis (6) My Personal Review (7) Scoring 1-5

 

 

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The Ultimate Christmas Present

Rated: G

Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Starring: Spencer Breslin and Halle Hirsh

Synopsis: A girl steals a weather machine from Santa Claus to make a snow day. The machine breaks, and causes an out-of-control snowstorm.

Review:  This is a good family film but children will probably enjoy it more. There are funny moments but I liked the theme of family togetherness. 

Scoring: 3

 

The Ultimate Gift

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family, Religion, Romance

Starring: Drew Fuller, James Garner, Abigail Breslin, and Bill Cobbs

Synopsis: A deceased billionaire leaves his spoiled adult grandson a series of odd tasks to perform in order to receive "the ultimate gift," with the resentful grandson having no idea what that might be.

Review:  I don’t consider this to be a Christmas movie as Christmas is a small part of it but I know many do so I’m including this review. As a movie, it’s got a great message. Jason learns the value of people rather than the price of things. Seeing his journey is special.  

Scoring: 3

 

Unaccompanied Minors

Rated: PG

Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family

Starring: Wilmer Valderrama, Rob Corddry, and Jessica Walter

Synopsis: A group of unaccompanied minors bond while snowed in at the midwestern Hoover International Airport during the holiday season and ultimately create a makeshift holiday themselves.

Review:  Yet another movie filled with rebellious children and their entertaining antics. I think it will be liked better by children than adults. I found it to be a little too silly for me. 

Scoring: 2

Uncle Nick

Rated: NR

Genres: Comedy

Starring: Brian Posehn, Missi Pyle, and Paget Brewster

Synopsis: At his brother's traditional Christmas Eve party, lecherous, drunken slacker Nick works hard to make the celebration a raucous disaster.

Review:  This may not be rated but it is explicit and should not be watched by anyone but adults.  I found this movie to not only be distasteful but boring and just plain gross.  I felt it was not only a waste of time but I wish I could go back and not watch it.  If you like gross, in your face, depravity, this may be for you.  Everyone else, save your time.

Scoring: 1

Undercover Christmas 

Rated: NR

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family

Starring: Jami Gertz, Shawn Christian, and Tyne Daly

Synopsis: An FBI agent is assigned as the protective custodian of a straight-talking cocktail waitress after she agrees to testify against her tax cheat boyfriend.

Review:  This is one I really enjoy. It’s campy and fun but also deep and meaningful. I really cared about the characters and wanted them to all be happy. 

Scoring: 4

 

Under The Mistletoe  
Rated: PG
Genres: Drama. Family, Fantasy, Romance
Starring: Jaime Ray Newman and Michael Shanks
Synopsis: Devoted father and husband Tom dies in a car accident, but appears as a ghost to his son Jonathan. Now a single mother, Susan tries to concentrate on her job and dismisses the idea of a ghost, but allows the school counselor, Kevin, to work with Jonathan. Tom and Jonathan arrange for Susan to enter a radio show's dating game, and conclude that only Kevin, a widower and coach in Jonathan's former favorite sport, ice-hockey, will do as his stepdad, while she leans towards lawyer Greg.
Review:  While there are a few light moments, it’s a very heavy movie. Mostly about coping with death and moving on. You’ll want Jonathan to be okay. 
Scoring: 2

Unlikely Angel

Rated: NR

Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Religion

Starring: Dolly Parton and Roddy McDowell

Synopsis: Dolly Parton portrays a country music performer who meets an untimely demise.  She cannot enter heaven until she performs a good deed back on Earth, to get a workaholic widower and his children back together again for Christmas.

Review:  Parton portrays a colorful character in this charming and moving story. The message of love and loss is relatable to many. It is a predictable story but enjoyable nonetheless. 

Scoring: 3

A Very Brady Christmas 

Rated: NR

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family

Starring: Florence Henderson, Robert Reed, and Ann B. Davis

Synopsis: The entire Brady family manages to overcome personal obstacles to spend a happy holiday together.

Review:  A typical Brady story. It’s about dealing with struggles but in a very G-rated way. It’s also about family and togetherness. If you like The Brady Bunch you’ll probably like this. 

Scoring: 3

A Very Country Christmas 

Rated: PG

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Greyston Holt, Bea Santos, Greg Vaughn, and Deana Carter

Synopsis: Jeanette is a busy single parent, trying to make the best life for her and her daughter. With no time to follow current celebrity gossip, Jeanette is unaware of when a Country superstar returns to their small town to escape the intrusive paparazzi and the chaos of fame. A chance meeting between the two have them both letting their guards down and opening their hearts to the possibility of romance.

Review:  A sweet and lovely story. The daughter is so adorable and adds to the emotions of the scenes. You get your happy ending but it’s a beautiful story. There’s some good country music as well. 

Scoring: 3

A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas 

Rated: R

Genres: Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Kal Penn and John Cho

Synopsis: Six years after their Guantanamo Bay adventure, stoner buds Harold Lee and Kumar Patel cause a holiday fracas by inadvertently burning down Harold's father-in-law's prize Christmas tree.

Review:  I haven’t seen their other movies but it’s pretty easy to figure out they are just as crazy. Their antics and adventures have a  Griswold feel but upped to add everything inappropriate you could think of. It’s funny but definitely only for adults. 

Scoring: 2

A Very Merry Daughter Of The Bride
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Helen Shaver, Kevin Welsh, Luke Perry. and Lucas Bryant
Synopsis: Roxanne's mom returns from a trip to Paris, for their bridal shop, and presents Jack as her groom to be.  He instantly arouses mistrust and dislike with Roxanne. His son Charlie and Roxanne, the unwilling siblings in-law to be, decide to team up and prevent the wedding. But both men surprise Roxanne significantly. Meanwhile she neglects her second chance with former neighbor boy Dylan, now a reputable nature photographer, whom she unfairly blamed for leaving years ago.
Review:  I love this movie. The characters and their antics kept me thoroughly entertained and though I knew it would be a happy ending I liked seeing how they got there. 
Scoring: 4
A Very Merry Mix-Up 
Rated: G
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
Starring: Alicia Witt and Mark Wiebe
Synopsis: Alice Chapman is a beautiful woman who recently became engaged to go-getter businessman Will Mitchum. When she travels to meet her future in-laws for the first time before Christmas, chaos ensues as she loses contact with Will, runs into who she believes to be Will's brother, and starts the holiday celebrations with the wrong family. But is this just a silly mix up, or is it fate for Alice?
Review:  A lovable story about fate helping a woman find the right one. The family had so many special Christmas traditions. Enjoyable. 
Scoring: 3
A Very Merry Toy Store 
Rated: PG
Genres: Comedy, Drama,  Family, Romance
Starring: Melissa Joan Hart, Mario Lopez, and Brian Dennehy
Synopsis: Two rival toy shop owners reluctantly join forces when an unscrupulous toy magnate opens a box store in their town.
Review:  A little predictable but Hart and Lopez are a good pair.  Her brother is quite entertaining. It’s fun and I will watch again. 
Scoring: 3

A Very Nutty Christmas

Rated: PG

Genres: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

Starring: Melissa Joan Hart, Barry Watson, and Melissa Jaret Winokur

Synopsis: Kate, a workaholic baker, has given up on Christmas, especially this year, when her boyfriend dumps her and she's got to fill an order of 12,000 cookies before Christmas. However, the gift of a magic nutcracker who turns into a real man makes the once cynical Kate understand the magic and beauty of Christmas--and of love.

Review:  A nutcracker coming to life sounds weird but somehow it worked. The whole movie I was waiting for the end expecting sadness but I loved it. I’ll definitely watch again. 

Scoring: 3

 

A Veteran’s Christmas 

Rated: G

Genres: Drama, Family, Romance

Starring: Eloise Mumford and Sean Faris

Synopsis: Captain Grace Garland, a decorated US veteran, returns home after two tours of Search and Rescue in Afghanistan. After being separated from her beloved K9 partner, Grace must rediscover the magic of Christmas. When Grace finds herself stranded in the town of River's Crossing a couple weeks before Christmas, the local judge Joe Peterson, offers her a place to stay on his property and takes it upon himself to show Grace everything she has been missing; Christmas, family, community, and love.

Review:  A sweet story about coming home from war when you have no one to come home to. Charming characters with a beautiful setting and lovely Christmas traditions. 

Scoring: 3