Nineteen days before Christmas, accountant Peter Brockman is dumped by his fiancée, Jill, because of his workaholic ways and being emotionally detached from life. Proverbially drowning his ...
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Nineteen days before Christmas, accountant Peter Brockman is dumped by his fiancée, Jill, because of his workaholic ways and being emotionally detached from life. Proverbially drowning his sorrows (with soda) at a lounge, Peter meets the lounge's "volunteer" blues pianist/singer Bob, who works solely for tips. The two discuss their love of music and Peter's long since forgotten dreams of becoming a musician when he was younger. When Bob invites Peter to his home for dinner with his family followed by a jam session, Peter has no idea that Bob's home is a shelter and that his family is comprised of the other homeless men. After speaking to Sister Agatha, the tough, straight-talking nun at the shelter, Peter, reevaluating his life, decides the best way he can help is to form a choir at the shelter, the choir's performances which would help give a little extra pocket money to its members so that they can have a merrier Christmas. The choir faces many obstacles, including the dichotomy ...Written by
The embodiment of what Christmas means, very inspirational
Peter (Jason Gedrick) is a workaholic accountant who doesn't see his warped focus, truly, until his fiancee breaks their engagement. Citing his seeming want for "different things", the split, nevertheless, sends Pete to a drinking establishment. Its there that he listens to a fine pianist/singer, who invites the accountant to his home in an act of friendship. But, whoa, his "home" is a shelter run by determined Sister Agatha (Rhea Perlman) and the family is a group of down-and-out souls who have lost hope. As expected, Peter's eyes are opened and his evolution begins. Wanting to do something to better the men and earn them some money & a better self image, Pete starts a men's choir for the approaching holidays. Although only a few show up for the first practice, the number grows and a new lady of Peter's acquaintance suggests they sing in the subway waiting area. This runs afoul with city ordinances but, after an official tryout, the choir performs near the rails. But, with continuing estrangement from his own father and some ups and downs, can Peter and the chorus do good this year? This movie is the embodiment of what Christmas means, showing kindness to others and giving the gift of love not expecting anything in return. Gedrick is very nice as the changed man as is Perlman as the feisty nun. All other cast members, sets, script and direction are way above the average, too. If you need to rediscover the true meaning of the holidays, watching this film is an excellent way to begin.
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