Monday, October 11, 2010

The Santa Suit - Hallmark Channel Christmas Movie



MOVIE REVIEW

The Santa Suit

Network: Hallmark Channel

Original Air Date: December 2, 2010



CAST:

Kevin Sorbo ... Drake Hunter
Jodie Dowdall ... Nancy
Briana D'Aguanno ... Gemma









PLOT:

from Hallmark press release-

In "The Santa Suit," Sorbo plays greedy elitist and Hunter Toys CEO Drake Hunter who looks down on the whole of humanity until he is suddenly transformed from Fortune 500 phenom to Santa Claus to learn that when people are stripped of worldly splendor, and have nothing except their humanity to define them, they tend to make more heartfelt and purposeful choices.

Drake Hunter belongs on the cover of GQ. In his Savile Row suits and Caine Oxford shoes, the Hunter Toys' topper is the cover boy for corporate success. But Hunter has an odd disdain for Christmas, its symbols and sentiments, and everything else, except the green he pockets in profits. Hunter has come up with a deliciously deceitful marketing plan this Christmas. He has dispatched mall Santas throughout the city to whisper into the ears of boys and girls, "It isn't a great toy, unless it's from Hunter's!" There's only one problem: Santa is watching, and he isn't amused.

In an instant, Santa Claus transforms Drake into his own image - full, round face and belly, long, flowing beard. Now Drake has a problem: He's mistaken for a vagrant "Kriss" and forced into a homeless shelter. With no family or friends to miss him, Drake/Kriss strikes up a relationship with Nancy (Jodie Dowdall, "Termination Point"), a social worker, and must take a job as a mall Santa himself to maintain his living arrangement at the shelter. Drake also befriends Gemma (Briana D'Aguanno, "Flashpoint"), a young girl from an impoverished family who has become a latchkey kid because her mother has to make ends meet by pulling double shifts at Hunter Toys.

Humbled and broken, Drake realizes the joy his toys will bring to children everywhere and the hope and security his company can be to parents who work there. Firm in his belief that Drake will be a transformational figure in the lives of others from now on, Santa returns the man to his original identity. Drake is teeming with energy and enthusiasm. Christmas is coming and there are many dreams to fulfill!

"The Santa Suit" is a C/P Xmas Productions Inc. Lewis Chesler, David Perlmutter and Rob Vaughn are the executive producers, and Marek Posival is the producer. Rob Vaughn directed from a script by Kevin Commins.

The Hallmark Channel is owned and operated by Crown Media Holdings, Inc.






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7 comments:

  1. Sweet, syrupy but the right message for both the top and bottom of the ladder.

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  2. I really enjoyed this movie. So many are syrupy and although there's a nice message, as always, the acting/comedy has a higher standard that makes this new movie a lot of fun and very touching.

    Acting-wise, I think the cast is quite good; much more realistic than most of these shows.

    Check it out for yourself. :)

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  3. We love encountering people like you who take the time and make the effort, from the goodness of your hearts, to put up sites like this one and keep them updated so that we can keep getting the latest information about a given subject.

    Thanks for doing this. I'm glad I stumbled upon it. :)


    Happy Christmas (or, for those people who like to combine holidays or just be vague for some reason, "Merry holiday"),

    Mike

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  4. Will this be out for 2011?
    I would like my kids to see this.
    I was not expecting much from it and was surprised that it was so well done.

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  5. Very well done and not too mushy like most of these movies. Actually pretty funny. Kevin Sorbo still looks hot, in fact I must confess he is the only reason I wanted to watch this movie in the first place. Oh yeah, good actor too.

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  6. I echo Anonymous 23/'11 comment : well done, I continued to watch due to a very attractive Jodie Dowdall and a good story, good writing . . and nice casting - Phweww.

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  7. this is a very thought provoking movie on how good it feels to do acts of kindness for others. i love this movie.

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