Lost Holiday: the Jim and Suzanne Shemwell Story

Lost Holiday: the Jim and Suzanne Shemwell Story

Gregory Goodell (2007)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Dylan Walsh and Jami Gertz whine and bicker their way through this Christmas-set drama, playing an estranged couple who are forced to re-evaluate their lives and relationship when a blizzard traps them in the Idaho Mountains. But the focus on arguing over action becomes irritating rather quickly, and leaves the actors struggling to bring realism, and more importantly tension, to the true story-based events. The biggest problem is that the Shemwells' survival is never in any doubt, making their six-day ordeal and the lip-chewing of their anxious relatives feel like padding before the obligatory happy ending. Stereotypical characters with clichéd emotional issues exacerbate this weakness, though it's hard not to be touched by the final splash of sentimentality.


An estranged couple end up stranded together during a fierce blizzard just before Christmas. As rescue workers search for them, and their daughter anxiously waits for news, they reflect on their decision to split up and consider giving their marriage another go. Fact-based drama, starring Dylan Walsh, Jami Gertz and Julia Maxwell.

Cast & Crew

Jim Shemwell Dylan Walsh
Suzanne Shemwell Jami Gertz
Taryn Shemwell Brooklynn Proulx
Blake Aaron Pearl
Miranda Shemwell Julia Maxwell
Keith Alex Arsenault
Mary Ann Judith Buchan
Director Gregory Goodell
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