The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (film)
|The Most Wonderful Time of the Year|
|Written by||Bruce Graham|
|Directed by||Michael Scott|
|Theme music composer||Philip Giffin|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||1|
|Running time||90 minutes|
|Original network||Hallmark Channel|
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 help cooking 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, she realizes that Ralph has stolen his passport so he can stay another day. Jennifer and Morgan end up spending the entire day together and bond. Morgan is able to help Jennifer get Brian the one Christmas gift he wished for: a "Rocketwheel" 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, Jennifer and Richard attend a formal party. Richard proposes to Jennifer, putting her on the spot. Nervous what to say, she accepts.
Morgan feels disappointed by the engagement and leaves at Richard's request. Richard then steals a note Morgan left for Jennifer. Jennifer is mad when she finds out Morgan left, but softens up when Ralph tells her that Morgan nearly killed himself on the roof, trying to make Brian believe in Christmas again. Jennifer finally realizes she's in love with Morgan, and she breaks off the engagement with Richard after discovering he stole Morgan's note. She rushes to the airport to find him, and accidentally broadcasts her feelings over the PA system. Morgan hears her confession and rushes to find her. They reconcile and return to Jennifer's home to celebrate Christmas.
- 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.