A Different Kind Of Christmas

 (59)1 h 32 min199613+
What is like to grow up with a dad who truly believes he's Santa Claus? For Elizabeth Gates (Shelley Long) every kid's dream was her worst nightmare...and it's not over when Dad returns just in time to complicate her run for mayor. Based on a true story.
Directors
Tom McLoughlin
Starring
Shelley LongBarry BostwickBruce Kirby
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Nathan LawrenceNancy McLoughlin
Producers
Tom McLoughlin
Studio
Lionsgate
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4.4 out of 5 stars

59 global ratings

  1. 73% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 9% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 12% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
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Stan HeckReviewed in the United States on September 14, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
The film works and it is very entertaining. Family Safe. Give it a try!
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BEWARE OF FALSE REVIEWS & REVIEWERS. SOME REVIEWERS HAVE ONLY ONE REVIEW TO THEIR NAME. NOW WHEN ITS A POSITIVE REVIEW THAT TELLS ME THEY WERE INVOLVED WITH THE MOVIE. IF ITS A NEGATIVE REVIEW THEN THEY MIGHT HAVE A GRUDGE AGAINST THE FILM . NOW I HAVE REVIEWED OVER 300 HOLIDAY FILMS & SPECIALS. I HAVE NO AGENDA.

A family secret threatens to thwart the mayoral bid of a single mom (Shelley Long) whose father (Bruce Kirby) thinks he's Santa Claus.

This film is very good. It deserves a better rating than the 5.7 it has on IMDb. You have to take into account that the average IMDb user is not a fan of these types of films.

Shelly Long plays to type in this film however her character is suppose to be 35 and at the time of filming she around 47.

What works is the fact that "The Christmas Spirit" is in everybody and that spirit should be limited to just one day a year.

The film works and it is very entertaining. Family Safe. Give it a try!
4 people found this helpful
Jacquelyn JeffersonReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Awesome Family Movie!
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This movie rings hope and happiness. It is so encouraging and inspiring. I love the ending. I am not a fan of Santa. However, I love this Santa. He does not just give tangible gifts, he gives gifts for the soul! Awesome.
2 people found this helpful
☼EMANON☼Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
THREE STARS
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THIS IS A CHEESY CHRISTMAS MOVIE......but it was cute!!! I would not want to buy it for my Christmas movie collection. I enjoyed it. I watched on Amazon Prime ☺
One person found this helpful
ForTheLoveOfReadingReviewed in the United States on December 20, 2017
1.0 out of 5 stars
Boring, predictable...
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I like Shelley Long, but this was a boring, predictable, waste of time and money. There are so many lovely Christmas movies. Don't bother with this one.
HappyDadReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Modern Christmas Story
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Sweet, fun movie.
C OperReviewed in the United States on April 13, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
GOOD MOVIE PROBLEM WITH DVD.
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GOOD MOVIE, BUT DVD NEEDED WORK TO PLAY WITH OUT FREEZE.
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sherry powellReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Family movie
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Great movie
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Maria P CarrollReviewed in the United States on August 11, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Long in the tooth
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It’s okay movie
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