A GIFT WRAPPED CHRISTMAS

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7.01 h 27 min2015X-RayPG
Starring Meredith Hagner, Travis Milne, and Beverley Mitchell. Personal shopper Gwen's new client is a workaholic single father. When Gwen meets his 7-year-old son, she makes their lacking father-son relationship her Christmas mission.
Directors
Johnson Management Group, Inc.
Starring
Meredith HagnerTravis MilneAnna Van Hooft
Genres
ComedyKidsDramaRomance
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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Supporting actors
Anthony Bolognese
Producers
Oliver De CaignyTimothy O. JohnsonNavid Soofi
Studio
Lifetime
Rating
PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
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4.7 out of 5 stars

1436 global ratings

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Keith David KReviewed in the United States on August 10, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Doesn't have to be Christmas for us to watch this movie. We love it!
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Every actor in this movie is just perfect. Perfect. Meredith Hagner gives Gwen a perfect personality for us to enjoy & root for. She creates such a lovely bubbly person. Travis Milne creates a widower father, Charlie, who loves his son, Owen, but his fight with grief has thrown him into his work. He's ready to throw himself back out, but is being held there by his cold witchy girlfriend, Victoria. Actress Anna Van Hooft has created Victoria perfectly. She gives Gwen a look at a company Christmas party that could drill holes in a soul. Charlie's son, Owen, is played by little (at the time) Anthony Bolognese. He is such a good little actor who plays cute with all the mannerisms, including a cute little shy walk on Christmas morning in the cabin. Beverley Mitchell creates Gwen's sister Stephanie, the kind & sweet sister we all would love. Dolores Drake creates Pat, a character we just love in every light hearted movie she's been in. Gwen has a line where she says, "Pat, you get cooler everyday." So true.

Every actor is great at creating the character they are in this film including, David Collette as Stephanie's husband, "3 second rule" Roy. Michael Teigen plays David, a Psychologist blind date for Gwen, setup by Stephanie & Roy. Again perfect... "Hypothetically?" "Yeah, hypothetically." We couldn't forget Bernard Cuffling as Charlie's tailor, Sal. Mark McConchie as businessman Harry who loves his gift basket from Charlie (Gwen) with his favorite 20-year-old McGinty Scotch. Then there's Owen's school teacher, Ms. Henderson, created so enthusiastically by Kathryn Kirkpatrick. Barbara Kymlicka wrote a memorable dialogue that fitted & projected each character perfectly. And lastly, the director, Lee Friedlander, did such a wonderful job directing such wonderful performances & creating a much loved Christmas movie.
Oh, did I say we loved A Gift Wrapped Christmas.
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ShopgirlReviewed in the United States on July 6, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Christmas favorite!
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Love love this movie, just get it you won't regret it!
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SupercalifragilisticexpialidociousReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best Christmas movies out there!
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Gwen, a personal shopper, is asked to take over a VIP client from a fellow co-worker on maternity leave. When she meets uptight, unimaginative Charlie Baker, friction arises as Gwen's vibrant and happy personality clashes with her new client's more strict and severe demeanor. However, as Gwen learns more about Charlie and his son, Owen, and Charlie learns to open up and allow Gwen's infectious and joyful personality to change his viewpoint on his life, do the real sparks fly.

I first saw this movie a couple years ago on Lifetime and fell in love with this movie. I wasn't expecting much and was blown away by the cast, acting, storyline--while predictable but fun, engaging, and entertaining. It had the right combination of romance, tension, and humor.

Meredith Hagner as Gwen is absolutely phenomenal and the chemistry with Charlie (Travis Milne) really jumps from the screen. Some people found Hagner's performance over the top but her portrayal made sense with what her character does for a living. I tend to hate annoying, flaky lead characters but I didn't get that vibe at all. Supporting cast of Beverley Mitchell as Gwen's sister and Anthony Bolognese as Owen, really rounds out a routine, but cute and flirty, romantic holiday movie.

This is a feel good, can't go wrong, re-watchable movie for any time of the year. I watch it a dozen times when it's on TV and wait for it to reappear again the next year. If you're a die-hard romance junkie like I am, this one should be on your permeant shelf (and when this darn movie is available on DVD, it will be!). Go watch this movie!
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RomComConnoisseurReviewed in the United States on January 31, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Remake of same old Widowed dad storyline.. And they TOTALLY pulled off making it new again
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Great screenwriting. Infused with laughs through physical and verbal comedy, masterfully carried out by Meredith Hagner.

I cant say enough about her. But I will try. She was funny, enchanting and authentic. She showed us sweet, adorable, and selfless. She moved us convincingly through many emotions. She has a beautiful singing voice.

Travis Milne was effective too. Their chemistry was thick.

The trite and cliché widower dad lines were all missing. No heroin telling him what a great dad he is when she has known him only a few days. No child telling dad it is OK to “get out there”.

Watch for the photo bomb.

A realistic passionate kiss after all the buildup is important. And they delivered.

But I have to ask. Why is that random ticketing agent standing by himself in a tiny booth, after dark, seemingly out in the sticks? Are they in Nome Alaska, where it is full dark at 3 PM? Three hours later he is still there to announce the arrival of the bus. Perhaps this can be adequately rationalized, but I did not care because by that time I was captivated.
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Butterflymom54Reviewed in the United States on January 4, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very engaging female lead. Great personality.
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This is the second time I viewed this movie. I really adore this character and all others. Fun story about a very fun-loving, efficient and successful personal shopper who gets one of the biggest clients of the company she works for after a co-worker, who is pregnant, goes out due to Doctor's orders. The client she meets, very handsome, but truly uptight, presents a challenge for her yet feeling sorry for him, she keeps just being herself and adores his son, respectfully gifts his co-workers and clients with very good gifts. He is thankful that many clients and coworkers enjoy the gifts so he asks her to help him with his wardrobe needs. She obviously charms and interests him. He is a widower with a very sweet adorable son who desperately wants "daddy time" back. There is also an antagonist who seems to be dating him, that becomes fiercely jealous after seeing the obvious spark between the two. What evolves is a very cute, sweet story of a very sad, busy man who is just trying to keep his head above water, a personal shopper who, although living with her sister and brother-in-law, seems lonely and fills that up with giving all of herself to others as a personal shopper. Enjoy this amazing personality who is sweet, attentive and really good at her job fall in love and take a chance on that love. This so sweet little boy who makes the movie and this very handsome man who needs a little TLC along with some wonderful cast mates who, to me, make this movie one of my favorites. Enjoy!!!
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Joe VanceReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Almost Perfect Ending
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I loved the movie and the characters from the first moment, and I liked it more as the movie wore on. But then, just when the best part arrives at the end, they rushed the ending. It just happened too quickly and boom it was over too quickly with all three main characters who'd been great the entire movie, suddenly giving half-hearted performances, even speaking the closing lines so quietly, I had to roll it back and turn on the Closed Captions! Did the director drop dead? I don't get it. It was like they all lost interest in the film in that final, most important scene. What a let down. I would have given this 5 stars for a great film with a lot of heart. But that heart just stopped beating during the last 15 seconds. They just couldn't wait for........... "The End"
S. T. PetersonReviewed in the United States on November 29, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
another cute one
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Personal shopper is pregnant and has to bail on big client who is a widower that wears black suits, works all the time, and neglects his kid in his perpetual mourning of his former happy life/wife. So a young happy personal shopper steps in. She breaths a little fresh air into the widower's world.

The first time I watched this the female actress really annoyed me. She came across as a bad actress. She was loud and irritating at times. The male actor didn't appear to be a good actor either. He seemed stiff and almost like he forgot his lines at various times only to remember at the last second before the director yelled "CUT!". He spoke and sulked like some sullen teenager. But as I watched it they grew on me. And I found myself wondering if it was maybe even intentional--to make them real not perfect. While I don't know if it was intentional or not they grew on me as I watched it again and liked them.

The female actress had this uncanny resemblance to two actresses. If you didn't watch her/look at her you would swear that you were hearing a movie with "Sex in the City"'s Sarah Jessica Parker and Reese Witherspoon. Just very odd. Kinda funny odd how she talked like them and said phrases like those two.

The male actor was adorable. You just wanted to grab him and hug him taking in his great smell of light Obsession cologne, with a hint of shampoo and body soap/gel, until you realized he is a Canadian. In that case you would have to hold your breath as they bath about as often as Europeans do and that cologne is used to mask the body odor and that shampoo/body soap/gel would be substituted by hair mouse and gel to keep their dirty unwashed hair in place. Yuck. But this is pretend, right? And he is handsome.

Anyway this movie is like all the others like it. All ends well. I love them for that. Everyone is perfect, want for nothing, healthy, overcome their faults in an hour, and united in wedded bliss by the run of the credits.
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Alexis WylieReviewed in the United States on June 1, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Perfect Christmas movie
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Great movie! I watch it multiple times at Christmas. Predictable as all Lifetime originals are but I love how simple and sweet it is.
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