One Magic Christmas Reviews
The acting is okay. I always dig Koteas, but his character never goes anywhere and he only has maybe two scenes. But it was fun seeing the two young girls, as one is Sarah Polley, still had awful teeth then, and the other is Elizabeth Harnois, who steals the film here with her massive and adorable eyes. She makes the film watchable. I actually watched a more recent film not to long ago of hers, Ten Inch Hero, and her eyes had me under her spell even in the present.
But other than her, this film felt like a made for TV mess. Nice to see some famous actors in their youth, and it's harmless, but just not really good.
Maybe it's the roughness around the edges that lends such realism, or the extra motivation of the film crew, but this little movie works. Its story is far too tough-love to get filmed today, and about Harry Dean Stanton's character, fuggedaboudit!
None of this matters when we're watching the thing. It's become a little ritual in this house. Even after viewing it as many times as we have (since it was available only on VCR), we still can't help being swept away.