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Christmas Comes Home to Canaan

Christmas Comes Home to Canaan

Neill Fearnley (2011)

88min
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

A boy is in need of extensive medical treatment after being hit by a car, and is taken from his rural home to a San Francisco hospital. His widowed father falls in love with one of the physical therapists helping the youngster and invites her to spend Christmas with the family - but his daughter resents the relationship. Drama sequel, starring Billy Ray Cyrus and Gina Holden.

Cast & 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
Shroup Julian Christopher
Dr Marcus Hanson Malcolm Stewart
Director Neill Fearnley
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Other Information

Language: English Colour

Drama

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