Christmas Everlasting

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1 h 29 min2020X-RayALL
Lucy heads home for Christmas to hear the terms of her sister's unusual will. Stars Tatyana Ali, Dondre Whitfield, Dennis Haysbert, Patti LaBelle. A Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation.
Directors
Ron Oliver
Starring
Tatyana AliDondre WhitfieldPatti LaBelle
Genres
DramaRomance
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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4.8 out of 5 stars

543 global ratings

  1. 84% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 10% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 3% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 2% of reviews have 2 stars
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Miss Josh EmmettReviewed in the United States on December 15, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
GREAT MOVIE, LEAVES SOME QUESTIONS
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Cat in the movie...good start!

This was another indie movie sponsored by a NY movie company. Not all movies on Hallmark are made by and for Hallmark. They find a good movie and use it. This was made in 2018 but Hallmark started showing it in 2020. And they picked a good one! Nice size budget and no hokey TV series names to get to you watch it...although Patti LaBelle helped lured me in!

Yes, small town girl who moved to NYC goes home and meets old school boyfriend. But there are some interesting twists that you don't see coming. This could have been a full theater movie and answered some questions more fully, like the snowflake sweater and present and the uncle knew nothing about the town but lived there, but it is still all right as it is.

I'm white but I still think there should have been more Black people. The main characters are Black but all their friends are white. Okay, I'm being picky here. Just saying.

It is warm and makes you laugh and cry. It is a good clean movie without being a bit boring. I like Christmas movies that make you think and have a bit of twist.

So, yes, get out the popcorn and grab the family, this could be a Christmas Classic!
4 people found this helpful
ScottReviewed in the United States on June 14, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Passionate and Inspiring!
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An incredible, must see movie. Emotional, passionate and loving all rolled up into one fantastic story line! It is nice to see that Hallmark makes movies with African Americans in the star roles. It would be great for them to do that with Hispanic and Asian actors too.
11 people found this helpful
linda galellaReviewed in the United States on December 19, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not the usual Christmas movie!
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CHRISTMAS EVERLASTING was an enjoyable movie. With good production value, competent acting and a non traditional script, this will be a conversation starter for many.

A fine ensemble cast is anchored by: Tatyana Ali, Dondre Whitfield and Dennis Haysbert. Patti LaBelle makes a guest appearance as a cook, not a singer. The secondary characters all did good work as the quirky town folks in the rural Wisconsin town.

Lucy, a corporate attorney in NYC, just found out she’s been promoted to Jr. Partner when her phone rings and her uncle tells her that her older sister has died. Lucy informs her boss and heads out immediately for her hometown, someplace tiny, Wisconsin. Once there, she reconnects with her high school boyfriend, who just happens to be her sister’s lawyer. He informs her about the very unusual terms of her sister’s will and the movie is off and running.

Altho’ most kids probably won’t be interested in this story, it’s perfectly clean - no foul language, violence or sexual content. Older siblings who raised youngers will find a special affinity with this film. It’s especially heartrending, emotionally relevant and honest. I enjoyed the family relationships, reconnecting and growth of the Lucy character and those who needed to understand her and help her understand.

Christmas isn’t the point of this movie but it’s integral to time and place. Wisconsin is a perfect setting for this time of year. Cinematography was good and included a few panoramic landscapes in the midst of mostly intimate gatherings of people or town shots. Traditional, seasonal music peppered with jazz, accounts for much of the score adding to my enjoyment of this film.

Something different with an unexpected twist for the H. E. A. makes this film a great choice for a Christmas movie marathon or 90 minute break🍿

Home, Hearth and Holidays 2021 #30
2 people found this helpful
PresidioPaulReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
It took determination to get to the end!
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I'm not a Grinch, but I'm wondering what the 474 reviewers saw that I am missing. 30 minutes in and I was asking myself why should I spend another hour on this film. I decided I need to find out why this has a 5 star rating. Well I just pushed through and I understand why the 5 stars. Now I do not agree with them because the movie was not riviting, but the last 40 minutes ramped up to a good story which made me glad I muddled through. Overall I give it a 4 stars, but only a 3 for the 1st half. (I also had to ignore the many continuity and editing gaffs. For instance you'll notice that Peter shrunk about 6 inches since high school!)
5 people found this helpful
AxReviewed in the United States on September 8, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Lovely movie, faith, family and a small town!
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This is definitely a must watch. Lucy gets a heartbreaking call a few days before Christmas letting her know that her sister has passed away suddenly. She heads back to her small hometown to make arrangements and settle her estate but her sister had it fixed to where she had to stay a month to collect the house or it went to charity. Lucy finds friends, community and love and a new love for life and her career during this adventure along with the discovery of Alice's secret that she had tried to share with Lucy so long ago.
4 people found this helpful
Cat DoorReviewed in the United States on December 12, 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not Good
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I realize it is Hallmark and so will be tending toward overly sweet. This one went further to the point that I felt it was too much too much sweet. It got preachy. I could predict the plot almost from the beginning. It was so obvious. Also, I am an actress myself. The lead woman was good, but a couple of other actors were sort of wooden. This and what I described above about the screen play made the movie not work well. The good acting by the leading woman is why I gave it two stars and not just one!
2 people found this helpful
M. WhiteReviewed in the United States on December 24, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Superb Movie, I Loved It!
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There are alot of Christmas movies that don't stray far from the plot of a nice girl goes home for the holidays, bumps into a cute guy, they fall in love, etc. Not quite the case here.

This movie is full of alot of emotion - it deals with some tough things that can happen to us in life. It shows how one life truly touches and impacts others. It shows that those who have lives on the outside that look pretty to the external world aren't necessarily without twists and turns. And I really love that this movie incorporated the fact that animals are important, appreciated and bring love to our lives.

I stumbled across this movie today on one of the Frndly TV channels. I love it so much that I'm watching it a 2nd time. And I just bought it on Prime so it is permanently in my movie collection.

Tatyana Ali
NoniBReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
The best Christmas movie I've seen in a very long time!
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With so many Christmas movies out there, it's rare to find one as special as this one. It makes us all remember what is truly important in this life. Gather your family and friends around and watch this movie together.... you won't regret it.
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