The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (film)
|The Most Wonderful Time of the Year|
|Distributed by||Hallmark Channel|
|Directed by||Michael Scott|
|Produced by||Harvey Kahn|
|Written by||Bruce Graham|
|Music by||Philip Giffin|
|Editing by||Jason Pielak|
|Running time||90 minutes|
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year is a 2008 Christmas television film directed by Michael Scott.
Ralph is a retired police officer who has worked as a New York cop for over 38 years. He plans on visiting his niece Jennifer in Chicago for the holidays. Jennifer is a successful businesswoman and the single mother of her young son Brian. She grew up all her life mostly at Ralph's, as her mother was constantly traveling and her father died when she was very young. Since then, she has lost her Christmas spirit. At the airport, Ralph has no idea where he has to be and he is helped by co-traveler Morgan Derby, a 30-year-old chef who has trouble accepting his age. When it turns out his second flight to Denver is canceled, Ralph offers Morgan to a place to stay at Jennifer's house.
Although Jennifer is initially reluctant to take in Morgan, Ralph convinces her to allow him to stay since he is a top chef and she needs someone to make her son a turkey. They soon come to the conclusion that they are two completely different people. Jennifer is irritated by his careless and adventurous behavior and Morgan feels that she is a cynical control freak, which is mostly the result of dating the successful but materialistic businessman Richard Windom. Ralph, however, feels that they are perfect for each other and tries to prevent Jennifer from sending Morgan away.
When Jennifer is about to set him off at the airport, it turns out Ralph has stolen his passport. Jennifer and Morgan end up spending the entire day together and bond. With a lot of trouble and some illegal activities, Morgan is able to get Brian the one Christmas gift he wished for: rocketwheel, a very rare bicycle. Later that night, on Christmas Eve, Morgan makes Brian believe in Santa Claus again, by climbing on the roof and pretending to be one of Santa's helpers. Meanwhile, Jen and Richard attend a formal party and get engaged.
Upon hearing the news, Morgan feels disappointed and leaves. Jennifer is mad when she finds out, but softens up when Ralph tells her that Morgan nearly killed himself on the roof, trying to make Brian believe in Christmas again. Finally convinced by Ralph and Morgan's opinion on Richard and realizing she is in love with Morgan, she breaks off the engagement. She rushes to the airport, trying to stop Morgan from leaving. In the end, although there is no proposal or wedding scene, it is assumed they become a couple.
- Brooke Burns as Jennifer 'Jen' Cullen
- Henry Winkler as Uncle Ralph
- Warren Christie as Morgan Derby
- Connor Levins as Brian Cullen
- Woody Jeffreys as Richard Windom
- Serge Houde as Stephen Windom
- Rebecca Toolan as Winnie Windom
- Michael Roberds as Chet Wojorski
- Rukiya Bernard as Denise
The film was released on DVD on October 13, 2009.
- "Spin-ematical: New on DVD for 10/13". Cinematical. October 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-25.