Dear Santa


Dear Santa

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Beverly Hills 90210 alumni Jason Priestly takes the helm for this warmhearted romantic comedy about a die-hard party girl struggling to change her frivolous ways. Crystal (Amy Acker) comes from a wealthy family. She loves spending money, but when her shopping habits drain her parents' bank account, they give her until Christmas to clean up her act. Should Crystal fail to comply, her credit cards will be promptly cancelled. Petrified at the prospect of having no money and no boyfriend, Crystal has a flash of inspiration when she finds a letter to Santa from seven year old Olivia (Emma Duke). In the letter, Olivia asks Santa to find her widowed father Derek (David Haydn-Jones) a new wife. He owner of a local soup kitchen, Derek has dedicated his life to helping others. Though Crystal has never set foot in a soup kitchen, she soon seeks Derek out and begins volunteering her time in an effort to get closer to him. Little does Crystal realize that Derek's scheming girlfriend (Gina Holden) will do anything to keep her man to herself. Meanwhile, Crystal remains determined to prove herself, despite the obstacles that stand in her way.

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  • Dec 29, 2016
    The Lifetime movie Dear Santa is a sweet and charming holiday treat. The story follows a big city socialite named Crystal Carruthers who's about to be cut off by her parents, but fate intervenes when she comes upon a letter to Santa Claus by a little girl asking for a new mom for her and her dad. Amy Acker delivers an incredibly strong performance and has great chemistry with child actress Emma Duke; who has a natural charisma. However, most of the other actors are pretty weak, as is the writing; which is full of clichés and one-dimensional character stereotypes. And the TV movie quality really comes through in the cheap looking sets and costumes. Yet there's a sincerity and charm to the story that makes a lot of the acting and production issues forgivable. Dear Santa is formulaic and predictable, but there's still a bit of Christmas magic that shines through.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 07, 2016
    As cheesy Xmas movies go, not bad. Although the line the guy came up with about looking for a mother for his daughter and not what makes him happy was completely unromantic. The whole single dad thing has been done to death and I get sick of movies pitching two attractive and supposedly intelligent women against each other for the "prize". Seriously? Apart from that, it was nice to see Amy Acker in something recent and the daughter was not cloying, thank goodness. It was nice by the end.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer

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