The Note (2007)





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A struggling human interest columnist finds a simple scrap of paper with a profound message may be the key to saving her column from cancellation in this inspirational, made for television drama starring Genie Francis and Ted McGinley. Peyton MacGruder (Francis) is the "Heart Healer" columnist for the local Middleborough Times newspaper. It's Christmas time, and just as the crew of Flight 848 reports a minor electrical problem, Peyton is summoned to her editor's office for a serious discussion about the future of the "Heart Healer" column. According to the results of a recent reader's survey, the "Heart Healer" column was voted the least interesting item that the paper had to offer, and as a result Peyton is about to get the axe. Just as Peyton's editor warns the writer to improve her standing with readers of hit the pavement, word breaks in the newsroom that Flight 848 has crashed, killing everyone aboard. King Danville, Peyton's friend and colleague at the paper, has lost a dear friend in the crash. Pondering whether or not the passengers realized they were going to die while drowning his sorrows at the local sports bar, King wonders aloud whether they had time to say goodbye to their loved ones, half-jokingly suggesting that Peyton work the concept into her failing column. The following day, Peyton is jogging along the beach when she spies smarmy television reporter Truman Harris interrupting a memorial service for the victims, all the while struggling to find an angle that doesn't seem exploitative. That angle arrives in the form of a note that Peyton finds during another walk along the coast. Sealed inside a small plastic bag half filled with cookie crumbs is a note to "T" from "Dad." Peyton is deeply moved by the heartfelt note, and vows to use the "Heart Healer" column as a means for getting the note to its intended recipient. In order to do so, however, Peyton will be forced to contend with her television counterpart Harris, a tactless reporter whose penchant for sensationalizing a story is only matched by his willingness to resort to underhanded tactics in order to take sole credit for all of Peyton's hard work. And while tracking down "T" proves no easy task, Peyton quickly discovers that her latest story truly resonates with readers upon being informed by her publisher that her "Heart Healers" column has gained a loyal following across the country.
Drama , Kids & Family , Television
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Genie Francis
as Peyton MacGruder
Ted McGinley
as King Danville
Rick Roberts
as Truman Harris
Genelle Williams
as Mandi Sorenson
Katie Boland
as Christine

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While not an epic film with scenery or thousands of extras or any of the other trappings of Oscar films, this little film shows the improbable story of a note found in a baggy from a crashed airliner. The note brings the reporter, who's about to lose her job due to poor readership, to success and brings her close to a long lost relative. While it would give too much away to tell the details, have patience because the zinger is close to the end. More a TV movie than a cinema classic.

monsieur rick
monsieur rick

Making positive adjustments to tragic happenings in one's life, whether acknowledged quickly or in an epiphany years later, appears to be the driving theme of the movie. All of the actors stand out, but special praise goes to Katie Boland ("T") for the stunning emotional maturity in her pivotal scene with Genie Francis's Peyton (the reporter whose discovery of the note leads to the rising action and emotionally catharctic denouement to the film) in which the viewers discover the special linkage between Peyton and Christine. Speaking as an adoptee who has located his birthmother, this scene and the one following it where Peyton reveals more circumstances surrounding the adoption carried special relevance for me. This film may have tugged nakedly at the heartstrings, but it is worth watching more than once for its transformative power.

lawrence prigg
lawrence prigg

this movie was kind of Lifetime Moviesque - fairly interesting plot line. Middle of the road - not fabulous & not horrible.

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elysa ellis

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