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A Boyfriend for Christmas
2004

Kelli Williams, Patrick Muldoon, Charles Durning, Martin Mull

This Hallmark movie relies on a childhood wish (for a boyfriend) as premise for a woman's newfound romance. The film's female lead is a child and family advocate and the romantic interest is an attorney. The story includes a mom and children who seek a reunion after the children are assigned to a foster home.

 

Christmas in the Clouds
2001

Timothy Vahlees, Sam Vlahos, Mariana Tosca, M. Emmet Walsh, Graham Greene

The romance develops at a mountain resort owned by a Native American nation. Mistaken identity is at the core of the story as a hotel critic is ignored by the staff and a tourist from New York is assumed to be the critic. She is there for another reason, to check out her online keypal who is not the person she assumes. This independent film is rated PG (mild sexual content, language). The scenery includes the Sundance property in Idaho.

 

The Christmas Card
2006
Emmy-nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in Miniseries of Movie (Edward Asner)

Edward Asner, John Newton, Alice Evans, Lois Nettleton

Family-friendly romance from Hallmark: an American soldier in Afghanistan finds solace in a card that he received and he hopes to find the person who wrote it. That happens in Nevada City, California, and the town is just as much a character in this movie as the people. Children may be distressed by the war scenes at the start.

 

The Christmas List
1997

Mimi Rogers, Rob Stewart, Stella Stevens, Bill Switzer

Not a high budget TV movie but one that the actors appear to be happy to be in. Children may not appreciate the purpose of the female lead's list making but they will easily follow the plot as her wishes start coming true after the list is deposited with Santa at the department store where she works. Her friendship with a boy who makes a purchase at her perfume counter may not be realistic but it initiates demonstrations of trust and other high values throughout the movie. A romance develops (slowly) between the woman and the boy's father.

 

The Perfect Holiday
2007

Morris Chestnut, Gabrielle Union, Faizon Love, Charles Q. Murphy, Katt Williams

Rated PG for language, the movie is nevertheless family-friendly and children enjoy watching the kids on screen. Many Christmas movies use mistaken identity as a premise but few also feature rappers, songwriters, and Santa, besides. Children may want to discuss the effects of divorce on this family, especially one character's effort to reunite his divorced parents.

 
   

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