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.