Christmas Town

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1 h 22 min2008X-Ray7+
A cynical workaholic gets suspicious of her banker father's sudden departure from his career and city life to move to a small town with unusually strong ties to Christmas.
Directors
George Erschbamer
Starring
Nicole de BoerPatrick MuldoonGig Morton
Genres
Science FictionComedy
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Garry Chalk
Producers
Jeff BarmashKirk Shaw
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4.2 out of 5 stars

233 global ratings

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Natalie FrodshamReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
More like creepy and weird than merry and bright.
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This movie will make the merriest Christmas lover want to set their tree on fire. It begins, as horror films often do, with the mother and son's car breaking down in the woods outside a creepy little town they become stranded in. This is where they encounter the male characters who instantly jump into ye olde sexist film trope of disapproving of the woman's opinions and spending the rest of the film trying to correct her. The leading male looks like a serial killer/hobo and has far more chemistry with the leading lady's father than with her. I assumed at first that dating this much younger man was part of her father's mid-life crisis she mentioned. Alas, no. There is an eye roll-inducing scene where the male lead laments that the female lead is entirely "on her own", as if she is a homeless child instead of a capable adult, but of course what he means by that is she doesn't have a man. And she must need a man! Especially some boring judgmental slob who sells eggnog for a living.

There is nothing very Christmassy about Christmas Town. The film was clearly shot in mid-summer. There are decorations...and Santa hats, loads of Santa hats, including one obnoxious one worn by the main characters that, I swear to God, reads: "Ha Ha Ha". It's like the film-makers only skimmed a brief description online of what Christmas entails and got it completely wrong. There is also a scene where the leading lady's goofy son sneaks into Santa's workshop, except Santa's workshop has the look and feel of the evil mask factory from Halloween 3: Season of the Witch. I expected him to get killed, but it didn't happen.

Ultimately the female lead realizes the error of not doing what men tell her to do and transforms herself into what they want. Then she throws away her successful career and independence to live a lobotomized existence in Terror Town, presumably as a waitress in the diner where the men work. Yay.

I recommend that you only watch this film if you want to see just how bad a bad Christmas movie can be.
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Miss Josh EmmettReviewed in the United States on January 29, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
AMAZON IS A GRINCH
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Sorry, but Amazon does this to me all the time. I get the whole review written and before I can hit submit, it slips into an ad, moves to the product and when I back up, it is gone. Bah Humbug on Amazon.

Oh, well.

I loved the way the kids make 'snow' at the beginning of the movie. Kind of sets the tone.

Sadly, it looks like Patrick is wearing a toupe, as it slips back sometimes. As a woman who loves long hair on men, I am tired of the Hallmark mannequins they cookie cutter out every year. Plus, Patrick was clean-shaven and didn't look like lazy scruff. I will accept the toupe.

I know the scenes were stock shots, but I can sit and look at trees and mountains, etc, all day long and these were really good ones!

I was not surprised to find out that Santa's workshop has a Christmas-related sideline. Everything is too too too expensive these days! Elves don't make toys out of thin air, they need parts. And the sleigh can take off from anywhere as long as Santa starts in New Zealand.

Aaaaaand...WHAT IS WRONG WITH A BOOK FOR CHRISTMAS?????????????????????? That is all I ever wanted and still do. When I was 58 and, finally, got my own apartment after care-giving for my parents and others all those years, I decorated with Christmas-themed books for my first time alone! I loved it.

And did the woman really end up marrying the café owner? I think not. Or if she did, it was a bit later down the road. I believe they went back home and visited grandpa esp on Christmas. A woman doesn't have to work 24 hours a day to be successful and allowed to sing "I Am Woman" I think she learned to delegate and make time for her son and for herself. And I hope she didn't become successful just because she got only one gift every year. A lot of kids don't get anything!

I enjoyed the movie...let it be.
FlanReviewed in the United States on November 24, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good, reliable Christmas fare
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It may not be A Christmas Story, but this movie really is every bit as entertaining as the Hallmark goodies that keep that enterprise up and running year after year. And for what it's worth, the lead actors are even a cut above Hallmark's Sears-quality standbys in the looks department. All very appealing. Anyone who criticizes the acting -- or writing -- clearly hasn't seen Homeless For the Holidays or any of the other less-than-stellar movies Amazon Prime is featuring this season. No, these actors won't make you cringe, although the sets and relatively balmy California weather may bug traditionalists who imagine Santa's sleigh and reindeer taking off from a snow-covered North Pole. At least the sun isn't constantly shining, even during blizzards, as is too often the case with "Christmas Channel" fare. All in all, this movie should supply what Christmas junkies need: A skeptical and hard-working single mom and her ever-curious boy child who discover the Christmas magic is real, thanks to a really cute guy and a town populated by former skeptics, including her own father.
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Beth A. SimpsonReviewed in the United States on November 8, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not Christmas-y
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This was a weird, frustrating rendition of a Christmas movie. If you want to watch an ill behaved, poor mannered child CONSTANTLY run away from his mother, refuse to listen to her and disobey her at EVERY turn, then by all means...enjoy! Spoiler alert: the entire movie was about a work-a-holic single mother who is always on the phone, and whose only behavior management technique is to yell "Don't do that!" and "Come back here!" at her child who doesn't pay attention to her.....ever. There was also a weird and uncomfortable scene where the mother is under the mistletoe with a man she has known less than 24 hours surrounded by townspeople chanting "kiss." Nope. Just nope. Don't waste your time. It will put you in the OPPOSITE of the Christmas spirit.
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CherryMReviewed in the United States on January 4, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
I just can't.... I got thru the 1st 35 mins.. This is meant for kids
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If you think it's pathetically humorous the camera points to a realtor's sign that uses the phone # 555-555-5555, then you're too old for this movie.
If you think it's odd and unrealistic a woman heads out for an xmas roadtrip with her son still wearing her business attire (matching skirt and jacket) and carrying a small obviously empty piece of luggage, then you're too old for this movie. (Said son carrying an empty backpack adds to the hilarity of all this)
If you think it's stupid to believe a brand new Mercedes during a road trip, pulls over for a moment and stops, then the battery is dead and won't startup again, then you're too old for this movie.
If you notice a woman takes her son into a coffee shop to eat because he's hungry, and they both leave without eating, you're too old for this movie.
If you get as far as I did where suddenly it's nighttime and she and son arrive (with grandpa) at his home and he says, "let's leave the luggage in the car for now".. well then if you're like me you say, 'ok, that's enough, this is stupid' and you shut it down and come and write a review then find something else to watch.
WALTReviewed in the United States on April 4, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A CHARMING FILM WITH TERRIFIC ACTORS
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NO SPOILERS. THIS IS A REAL SUPER-HOLIDAY FILM SO GET IN THE FESTIVE MOOD. IN MOST OF THE HOLIDAY FILMS, CHRISTMAS TAKES A
SORT OF BACKGROUND ROLE. NOT HERE, IT IS FRONT AND CENTER, AND IS A PERFECT MOVIE FOR YOUNG ONES, AS WELL AS ROMANTIC
ADULTS. THERE IS A TEN YEAR OLD BOY WHO IS A FIRM BELIEVER IN SANTA, BUT EVERYONE POOH POOHS HIM. AS THE MOM AND SON GO TO VISIT HER DAD IN A PLACE CALLED.........CHRISTMAS TOWN........THEY ARE A BIT SURPRISED THEMSELVES AT THE HUGE FESTIVITIES. THIS
MOVIE FEATURES THE GREAT CANADIAN AND AMERICAN ACTOR, PATRICK MULDOON, AS THE MALE ROMANTIC LEAD, AND HE IS TERRIFIC.
THE MOM IS RATHER SKEPTICAL, BUT AS A RATHER LARGE AMOUNT OF EVENTS OCCUR, WELL, YOU WILL SEE IF SHE BECOMES A BELIEVER.
NO MATTER WHAT TIME OF YEAR I CAN NOT RESIST A JOYFUL HOLIDAY FILM, ESPECIALLY ONE THAT THE KIDS WILL LOVE ALSO.
Lulu P.Reviewed in the United States on December 22, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
creepy, depressing version of North Pole
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This was such a creepy xmas movie. I couldn't get past the lead actors hair - what woman would ever fall for a guy with hair like that? And he really didn't seem straight to me. But then again, there was nothing likable about the female lead either. And Santas workshop is like a Costco. This movie was just depressing.
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KkReviewed in the United States on December 25, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Terrible acting. Disappointing ending ( and execution of the movie)
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Wow. For starters the actings is terrible, the characters are very agitating. The film has a potential but definitely a low budget , no worth your time movie. Cool concept just wasn't executed well or at all.

The ending was a mad disappointment. They hype of the entire movie hiding this "secret" making hollyville seem like a magical town just so that at the last 5 minutes of the movie they tell you " oh yeah the secret is we just make santa props and bs here " SERIOUSLY NO. Ugh
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