Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Andrea Gyertson Nasfell
Michael Scott, James Chankin, David Cuddy
Ted McGinley, Brad Stine, Nancy Stafford, Daniel Baldwin
Christmas has always been an exceptional time of love and tradition in the small town of Trapper Falls, Alaska. Hometown of Mayor Dan Reed looks forward to each year with enthusiasm to all the events, friends and family that fill this special season. Together with his brother Greg they dedicate time away from their adventure tour company to drape the town in Christmas cheer. When Dan's old high School rival Mitch Bright returns home after 20 years, Dan is immediately suspicious. Mitch is a highly successful big city lawyer who has never wanted anything to do with Trapper Falls or its people, so why now?
This is a touching story for the holidays and in fact, any time. We learn that Mayor Dan Reed's old nemesis in high school, Mitch Bright, is concealing a secret when he returns to Trapper Falls, Alaska. At first, he is seemingly a successful big time lawyer who is cranky about Christmas and wants to use the city government to take down the nativity scene on display and he even challenges Mayor Dan's daughter while she publicly sings a Christmas song. In time, Dan learns that Mitch needs help in more ways than just getting over his anger toward Christmas and Christians.
This is a nicely made film with some good themes including forgiveness, loyalty, and standing up for one's beliefs. We are more than pleased to award our Dove "Family-Approved" Seal to this movie. It is an inspiring film.
Content Description: Sex: Husband and wife kiss. Language: G/OMG-2; H-1 Violence: Just a few squabbles between some characters. Drugs: Drinking in a few scenes. Nudity: None Other: The topic of the legality of displaying a nativity scene and what Christmas is truly about.