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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (2008)

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Corporate analyst and single mom, Jen, tackles Christmas with a business-like approach until her uncle arrives with a handsome stranger in tow.

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Michael Scott (as Michael M. Scott)

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Bruce Graham
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brooke Burns ... Jennifer Cullen
Henry Winkler ... Uncle Ralph
Warren Christie ... Morgan Derby
Connor Christopher Levins ... Brian Cullen (as Connor Levins)
Woody Jeffreys ... Richard Windom
Serge Houde ... Stephen Windom
Rebecca Toolan ... Winnie Windom
Michael Roberds ... Chet Wojorski
Rukiya Bernard ... Denise
Jennifer Clement ... Rita
Vanesa Tomasino ... Wanda
Lauro David Chartrand-DelValle ... Mugger (as Lauro Chartrand)
Kathryn Kirkpatrick ... Supervisor
Sonya Anand Sonya Anand ... Attendant
Sian Sladen Sian Sladen ... Airline Employee
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Storyline

The overwhelming tasks that go along with Christmas have taken the joy out of the holidays for busy single mom Jennifer Cullen. Then her Uncle Ralph arrives at her home with the young, handsome Morgan Derby. Morgan's love of Christmas, and life, is contagious and as Jennifer glumly navigates through the holidays, she soon realizes that what she needs most is right under her nose. Stars Henry Winkler, Brooke Burns and Warren Christie. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 December 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Época Mais Maravilhosa do Ano See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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On the DVD version of "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" it is Full Screen and the audio is high-pitched. While the Digital version and Hallmark Channel showing is Widescreen and the audio is Normal pitched. Just like it is shown on Hallmark Channel. See more »

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In a last desperate attempt to play match-maker between his niece and Morgan the free-spirited globetrotter, Henry Winkler hides Morgan's passport. Something that would _not_ be necessary on a domestic flight between Chicago and Denver, even under the Real ID Act of 2005, provided Morgan had an up-to-date American driver's license.

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Uncle Ralph: One of the first things I learned as a beat cop: never trust a man who wears $800 shoes.
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One of my favorite Hallmarks
14 November 2010 | by seasamhSee all my reviews

If you like the Hallmark formula (and I do!), this one should hit all the right buttons. There's not much plot going on (but you don't watch these things for the plot, do you?). Our heroine is a single mom to an overly-mature, curly-top child; favorite uncle meets stranded hunk on a plane and invites him home for the holidays. Okay, so Mom is not keen on Christmas, and she really can't cook; Son isn't sure there's a Santa Claus; and Stranger is a holiday-lover who happens to be a chef. Any doubt where this is going? So how could that garner 9 stars from me? The casting! I hardly noticed there was no plot until I was thinking about it afterward! Brooke Burns -- not an actress that I would expect to see on stage at an award show -- is actually quite good. One of my favorite scenes: She's talking through the car window to an irritating neighbor, trying to keep her composure with a forced smile on her face, and after she rolls up the window and starts to pull away, she mutters (almost without moving her lips), "Step in front of the car, lady!" She just nails the line -- she's not a nasty person, so the nastiness she musters in the line works. I've never seen male lead Warren Christie before, but ... where has he been all my life! The chemistry between the two is awesome, really awesome, and he may be my favorite Hallmark hero of all time. Henry Winkler is the match-making uncle. I find him a little annoying -- he always plays the same character, and he's obviously intended to be droll, but it's a bit too overt -- like he has "I am droll" stamped across his forehead. It's a credit to the leads that he recedes into his proper place. This was an enjoyable entry into the Hallmark holiday collection. I highly recommend it.


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