The Christmas Lodge

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6.21 h 29 min2014X-RayG
During a weekend trip to the mountains, Mary finds herself at the now run-down lodge where she spent the holidays with her family growing up. She becomes determined to restore the building to its former glory. Inspired by her grandfather and guided by her grandmother in heaven, Mary throws herself into the project.
Directors
Terry Ingram
Starring
Michael ShanksMichael KopsaErin Karpluk
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DramaRomance
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English [CC]
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English

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Supporting actors
Rebecca ToolanRukiya Bernard
Producers
Jack Nasser
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NGN Productions
Rating
G (General Audience)
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4.3 out of 5 stars

3918 global ratings

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veggiespamReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Stargate SG-1: The Retirement
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After a long and illustrious career traveling the galaxy and fighting the Goa'uld with the rest of the Stargate SG-1 team, Daniel Jackson retires to his childhood home in woodlands of Oregon/Washington and takes over the bed & breakfast that his family has run for generations. Trying to forget his past off-planet loves lost, he kept a low profile about his past and tried to live a fairly anonymous life. Known to the locals by his childhood name of "Little Jack", he married a beautiful lady and became a daddy to a wonderful daughter; but then, tragedy stuck. His wife died leaving him to raise their young little girl all alone. Then, his parents got in a bad traffic accident forcing Little Jack to care for them in the big city hospital until, they too, died. All the while, a few big snow-storms-of-the-century begin to devastate the historical lodge, leaving it and Jack's dreams close to ruin.

Eventually, a former frequent guest of the lodge returns. Mary hasn't been there since she and Jack were young, but finds it in her heart to try to save the building her family spent so much time in. Can Mary help save the lodge? Will Mary be able to heal the divisions in her family? Does Teal'c, O'Neill, and Carter stop by with a hammer and wrench to help rebuild the deteriorating plumbing? And once everyone else is out of earshot, will they will reminisce about their past adventures and all the times they saved the Earth? Indeed.

This is decent TV movie. If you're a scifi fan, imagining Michael Shanks in some sort of post-SG-1 secret identity reassignment program makes it even better. You can see the Daniel Jackson mannerisms in many scenes and it brought an extra smile to me.
95 people found this helpful
Maui MomReviewed in the United States on December 13, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not very Christmas-y, boring script, no set design, mediocre acting.
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Other than that it was great. We wanted to watch a Chrismas movie and took a chance on this. DO NOT WASTE your time. This is what gives Christian entertainment a bad wrap. The lodge is supposed to be a complete mess and needs about 2 million in reparations, but really all you see is a crocked picture on the wall, lots of things with drop cloths and tarps, ladders, extension cords, etc. The place actually looks like it needs very small repairs. The lighting is odd and weird. I can't tell if the acting is bad or if it's mostly the stilted script, either way I cannot recommend.
26 people found this helpful
K. WhiteReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Genuinely...Awful
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I rarely ever write reviews, but I felt compelled to write this one--not for myself, but for the sake of you, the curious movie-selector. We all know to expect a certain level of cliche and trope with any Christmas movie, but this one was compounded by bad acting, a cringingly horrible script (with a jumpy plot, and stilted dialog), and a half-arsed set design with blaring technical errors. The only thing more uncomfortable than the romantic scenes (*zero* chemistry) were the religious scenes--it starts out with minimal over-tones of Christianity, but after an awkward scene mid-way through where the grandfather uses "the carpenter" Jesus to force people into doing construction *for free*, they just continued to shove it in there like a cat trying to shove itself into a child-size shoe box. And then my personal favorites were the grandfather who was on death's door suddenly walking again like normal, due to the "God-magic" of the lodge, and the allegorical family knocking on the door of the lodge Christmas Eve because they have nowhere to stay (for reals). But all of that would have earned it just a 2 stars. The single-star rating came the low-key toxic portrayal of women/relationships in the movie. There were more examples than I will waste your time reading, suffice it to say **do not waste a moment of your precious life on this crappy movie**
8 people found this helpful
true healing touchReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
"romance" minus chemistry.
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I wanted to enjoy a holiday movie this but the writing was flat and the acting uninspired, not even Hallmark level. This was a romantic/religious movie minus the romance. It was kind of hard for me to watch, my parents had more spark after 50 years of marriage that this couple did while "falling in love". The forest was lovely though and I liked the building.
37 people found this helpful
Sam M.Reviewed in the United States on January 1, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Get out out while you still can
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I have many things to say:
-How did this movie get so many good reviews??? Must be sorcery
-There should be a warning at the beginning that this is Jesusy movie. The Jesusiest of Jesus movies
-Why is the little girl obsessed with someone else’s grandpa she’s never met?
-The woman and man had a conversation about being a couple, then she called him just her friend, then he proposed and she said no, and then in the very next scene he proposed again and she said yes?!?
-Why did the grandpa get healthier after having a stroke?
-The woman climbed down a cliff to save a child when she could’ve just walked down a path, and then climbed back up the cliff with the kid on her back. I mean if that kid fell off her back she would be dead
-The grandpa donated $1 million to the lodge and called it a “drop in the bucket”. But in the next breath the family said they had to pool their money to buy a van
5 people found this helpful
johnfReviewed in the United States on January 25, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Within its means this is a very nice film in a mellow way
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As people have noted here, this is a Christian movie made within the Thomas Kinkade series and not your usual made for TV movie, which the DVD box resembles. It also doesn't have the budget of a big network or cable channels so you have to make some allowances. One of the most common errors in reviews is to fault a small budget film for not having the acting, gloss and production of a big budget film. Within its means this is a very nice film in a mellow way.

There are no big melodramas going on here. A young woman (Mary) works in the city but truly loves the outdoors. On a hike she rediscovers a forest lodge where she and her family used to go when she was a child. It has now fallen into disrepair because the young man (Michael) who owns it had to be away for years caring for his sick parents. He is a widower with a daughter, who leads Mary to the lodge in the beginning. Mary tries to use her job in urban building preservation and her contractor father and brothers to help restore the lodge.

There are subplots about her boyfriend who'd rather go clubbing in town than walking in the woods, and a grandfather who seems to be at the end of life. Some people have complained that some things come together rather easily in this film, but sometimes they actually do, don't they? It's also nice to see a family that gets along and supports each other in an era when every Christmas movie seems to be centered on a terribly disfunctional family. It's nothing earthshaking, but is a pleasant, mellow film that leaves a good feeling during the holidays.
27 people found this helpful
AndrewReviewed in the United States on November 7, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
A Little Slow, Writing Could have been better
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I want to like this movie as there is some charm about it, but there are a number of gripes I have against the movie. For instance:
1. This is supposed to be a Christmas movie, but it's difficult to tell when this story line actually takes place. It seems to unfold over many months
2. The romance between the two leads is very weird. They have one awkward conversation about being "more than friends", and then that's basically it before he proposes at the end? The relationship was not believable at all.
3. Casting for the mother was off. She looked more like Mary's grandmother than her mother.
4. The process of getting the lodge restored was very long and drawn out, and then it's like the director realized they had to end the movie and BAM - it's Christmas time.

This is a feel-good movie, but the writing, plot, and casting could have been better.
6 people found this helpful
Orange CrushReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Had potential but not after poor writing, forced Christian themes, flat acting, and poor production
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The story had potential: a woman visiting the woods of her youth stumbles across the lodge that her family used to spend time at when younger and decides to try to save it. That was about it. No themes were really deeply explored, the story rushed through everything, and the drive to force in statements about God/Jesus felt mostly awkward. The romantic story is weak as the couple has no chemistry and no real scenes where they connect. Instead they have a logical conversation about if they should go on a date. The lodge itself is limited to shots of the outside of what appears to be a house and one large room that the interior is shown and doesn't appear to be anything special. Acting was forced and weak. Major story lines like grampa dying turn into Grampa having a stroke one day and then being fine and walking around the next. We like cheesy Christmas movies but this one was just terrible.
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