Christmas Comes Home to Canaan

  • Neill Fearnley (2011)
  • US
  • 88 min
Christmas Comes Home to Canaan
Film Review
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2 out of 5

Unresolved issues return to trouble widower Billy Ray Cyrus and his rural Texas clan in this flimsy sequel to TV-movie heart-tugger Christmas in Canaan. But though the story is about reawakened feelings, there's no emotional impact to the 1970s-set events, as Cyrus's farmer Daniel speedily falls for the physiotherapist (Gina Holden) assigned to help his crippled young son try to walk again. With the unfeasibly considerate woman then brought home for the festive season, he and his family's buried fears and grief blandly resurface. It's all very flat and predictable, and the unnatural dialogue and inexpressive performances are no help, either. The only real meat comes from a subplot involving the continued racism in the town, yet even that's so underwritten and convenient, it plays like an afterthought.

Plot Summary

Seasonal drama set in Texas, starring Billy Ray Cyrus and Gina Holden. When young Bobber Burton is badly injured after being struck by a car, his widowed father Daniel flies him to San Francisco to work with rehabilitation specialist Briony. She also makes a big impression on Daniel, but when he invites her home for Christmas, sparks fly.

Cast and crew


Daniel Burton
Billy Ray Cyrus
Briony Adair
Gina Holden
Bobber Burton
Liam James
Rodney Freeman
Matt Ward
Sarah Burton
Emily Tennant
DJ Burton
Jacob Blair
Julian Christopher
Dr Marcus Hanson
Malcolm Stewart


Neill Fearnley

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