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A most lovely and heartwarming story
on 28 October 2011
First of all: my mother tongue is German, so please kindly forgive any mistake I make.
I love Christmas movies and this one became one of my favorites. The easy but not shallow story is filled with humor and warm glimpses for Christmas. I got carried away by its charm, witty dialogues and wonderful playing actors.
Story in short:
Beautiful Brooke Burns is the quite over-organized business woman and mom Jennifer of little Brian (Connor Christopher Levins). His dad left after his birth. Jen's mother - normally preparing the turkey for Christmas day - has suddenly cancelled the visit because of a special issue. That pushes Jen into a disaster not knowing how to cook. But Uncle Ralph (mother's brother) is coming. Jen's fiancé, from a rich and snobby family, is not happy about that fact as he does not like this easygoing and humorous ex-cop at all. Uncle Ralph is played by fabulous Henry Winkler - and he really makes this movie something special!! Uncle Ralph having a "perfect nose" for good or bad guys picks up a very good looking but little bit of a "rolling stone - chef" (a VERY smart looking and acting Warren Christie) from the benches of the airport and after some hours on the plain they become good friends. After he finds out that preparing a turkey is one of his specialities Uncle Ralph has a plan...
Funny and humorous situations change with serious and deeper ones as the story goes on. I laughed a lot, cried a bit and felt the warm embrace of the Christmas spirit. I absolutely recommend this film for Christmas time, for time before and after ;D. It is a lovely story about love, empathy and the true quality of Christmas