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The Christmas Clause (2009)





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A stressed-out mother makes a Christmas wish for a different life, only to realize that the sweet life doesn't come without its fair share of cavities in this uplifting holiday fantasy starring Lea Thompson. Between maintaining her career as a high-powered lawyer, tending to her three kids, and maintaining her relationship with her loving husband, Sophie Kelly (Thompson) never has a spare minute to herself. When Sophie takes her kids to the mall and Santa asks her what she wants for Christmas, she impulsively wishes for a new life. Subsequently transformed into a successful, single attorney who heads up her own firm, Sophie discovers that not even the advances of a handsome young bachelor can make her forget the time she shared with her beloved family. And come Christmas Day, Sophie will never be able to go back to her old life. With time running out and the snow starting to fall, Sophie learns that no life is as perfect as it seems from afar, and the only way she'll ever be truly happy is by going back to the people who love her most.
Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Television
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Critic Reviews for The Christmas Clause

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Not quite a preachy family values yarn that is totally soured on lawyer moms in the workplace, the movie does make a case for fulfillment on both scores in, well, a fairly even-handed split verdict.

Full Review… | November 9, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Christmas Clause

Oh, for the love of Christmas, do we need another swap your life at Christmas movie. I'm sick of them. Now, as in most films there are some positive points to the film but I can't name them. I'm just so sick of watching this theme and they keep trying to come up with creative ways to pull it off. Subsequently it's been a couple of days since I've seen the film and I can't even tell you any of the positives to the film. It was too boring for words. I would rather watch It's a Wonderful Life than this.

Laura Rachel
Laura Rachel

** (out of four) Yet another twist on the "It's a Wonderful Life" idea. This time Lea Thompson is feeling overwhelmed at Christmas as she is trying to balance her job, her kids, and her commitments. One day at the mall a Santa overhears her wish she had someone else's life, so he grants it to her. The movie acts as though she is the only person suffering from this over Christmas and it is hard to sympathize with her struggle to find her way back.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

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