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Farewell Mr Kringle

Farewell Mr Kringle

Kevin Connor (2010)

96min
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Review

Our Score
A Christmas-hating blogger re-learns the magic of the season in this predictable and clichéd TV movie. Christine Taylor heads the uniformly bland cast as the widowed big-city cynic who's speedily swayed by a small Californian town's charms when she's sent to profile a Santa impersonator (a miscast William Morgan Sheppard) who's celebrating 50 years in the job. The massive life lesson that follows features plenty of homespun talk about kindness, emotional honesty and opening your heart, but it just doesn't generate the sort of feel-good atmosphere you'd expect. Instead, one-dimensional characters and weak plotting make every scene seem unsatisfyingly hollow and flat, so that even supposedly poignant events have very little impact.

Summary

A widowed journalist reluctantly takes on an assignment to interview a Santa Claus impersonator living in a Christmas-themed town. She is inspired by the festive spirit displayed by both the man in red and his neighbours, and considers finally putting her loss behind her. Drama, with Christine Taylor and William Morgan Sheppard.

Cast & Crew

Annabelle "Anna" Wall Christine Taylor
Mark Stafford Christopher Wiehl
Kris Kringle Morgan Sheppard
Mayor Phil Shashawnee Hall
Owen Tate Berney
Zoe Marsden Vivica A Fox
Director Kevin Connor
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Other Information

Language: English Colour

Drama

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