Noel

  • PG
  • Chazz Palminteri (2004)
  • US
  • 92 min
Noel
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Susan Sarandon must have been full of the wrong kind of yuletide spirit when she signed up for this indie drama. She's prominent among a semi-starry line-up that includes Paul Walker, Penélope Cruz and (an uncredited) Robin Williams as despairing New Yorkers whose lonely lives intertwine in the most unlikely of ways. It's a premise so well-trodden by low-budget film-makers that it's almost become a genre all of its own. Unfortunately, writer David Hubbard adds nothing particularly original to the concept, except to set the action on Christmas Eve and then throw in a couple of jarring twists from out of the blue. Director Chazz Palminteri (best known for playing Mafia hoods in films such as Bullets over Broadway and A Bronx Tale) tries to build a case for modern miracles, but half-baked revelations and saccharine sentiment are tough to swallow and tedious to watch. This is surely the true demeaning of Christmas.

Plot Summary

Multi-stranded seasonal drama starring Penélope Cruz, Susan Sarandon, Paul Walker and Alan Arkin, in which a group of New Yorkers face emotional problems as Christmas approaches.

Cast and crew

Cast

Nina
Penélope Cruz
Rose
Susan Sarandon
Mike
Paul Walker
Artie
Alan Arkin
Jules
Marcus Thomas
Arizona
Chazz Palminteri
Charlie Boyd
Robin Williams

Crew

Director
Chazz Palminteri

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Redbus
Guidance: 
Edited for language.
Available on DVD
Released 25 Nov 2005
Certificate PG
Distributor:
Redbus Home Entertainment
Categories
Drama