Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|The Christmas Blessing|
Actor: Rob Lowe; Neal Patrick Harris; Rebecca Gayheart and Angus T. Jones
Director: Karen Arthur
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family, Television
Nathan Andrews has grown up and is now a medical resident. When the young doctor loses a patient, he begins to rethink his career and moves back home with his father. Just as Nathan is settling in his world begins to cru... more »
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Not Comparable to The Christmas Shoes
Rebekah A. Lane | USA | 10/24/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Last night my sister found this at our local movie rental, and I was really excited because The Christmas Shoes broke my heart . . . in a good way. After watching this, however, all I can say is that it's interesting, enjoyable, and -- in a few places -- genuinely touching. I really wish they had done a better job with this. The plot is unfocused and flimsy. This guy Nathan (Neil Patrick Harris) loses a teenage boy on the operating table and is suddenly ready to give up his career as a doctor to return to his hometown and work in his widowed father's auto shop. To me, the motive for this sudden change was too weak. Perhaps if there had been a series of setbacks and dissapointments with his job . . . but they didn't make time for it. Soon he is attracted to a spunky young schoolteacher and starts dating her, not knowing that her health is in jeporady due to a bad liver. She is a lot like his mother was -- very compassionate, loves kids and helping people, etc; etc. His insecurities keep him from sharing with her about his decision to quit being a doctor, which causes problems in their relationship when she finds out later. Meanwhile Nathan and his dad have trouble understanding each other's needs, so there is some drama from that quarter. There are several underdeveloped and distracting sub-plots, the dialog is trite, and the scenes that were meant to be heartwarming usually get bogged down in syrip. But Neil Patrick Harris's bad acting during the last leg of the movie is the straw that breaks the cammel's back. He is able to potray Nathan as being attracted to his love interest, but he entirely fails to potray the emotions Nathan would have expirienced upon finding out she was very likely to die. There was no passion, no agony. . . just frusteration. They should have chosen a straight man for the role. I also missed the beautiful Christmas carols that were in The Christmas Shoes. The only singing in The Christmas Blessing was country music."
Not the best...
Michelle Polk | Mississippi, USA | 12/05/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The acting was not that great and the story was thrown together. I don't understand why the writers can't just try to script it from the book. It was just too far out there. In opinion, this is a terrible sequel to The Christmas Shoes."
Very touching Movie!
Frances Shrader | USA | 01/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a real "down to earth" movie. It shows family love, God's love and the ability one can have when they believe and ask God for help in times of tragedy in their lives. There are very sad moments in this movie but the end is rewarding. Be ready for a lot of tears as you follow this family through one of the deepest tragedies one can incounter in this life!"
Worth renting - up to you as to owning it
Don't tread on me | North Carolina, USA | 12/16/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I rented A Christmas Blessing yesterday. It is a good movie. I don't deny it that status. However, some of the other reviewers mentioned that it didn't live up to The Christmas Shoes The Christmas Shoes. I agree with that as well.
The story is not as deep as TCS was. It is definitely worth renting to watch it through once. After that, you can decide if you want to add it to your collection. As for me, I am not sure if I will or not. There are plenty of other horrible "Christmas" movies out there (Deck the Halls, Happy Feet, Christmas in Handcuffs, Christmas Do-Over, A Very Muppet Christmas and other low life trash), so this is definitely a better choice than those that I have listed.
** SPOILERS - DO NOT READ FURTHER IS YOU HAVE NOT SEEN IT **
The one disappointing aspect of this story was Charlie's Dad. He was never totally developed as a character. He was also left 'hanging' at the end of the movie. It seemed like everybody else was set for a Christmas Blessing except the Dad:
- Nathan's Dad was getting his life back.
- Nathan's Dad was also looking at new relationship.
- Nathan and his girl were looking forward to a life together.
- Nathan was returning to be a doctor
- Charlie died but not in vain as his death gave somebody new life.
Charlie's Dad lost everybody and everything. It seems that he was going to wander off to continue his life as a lone drifter. I realize that this is reality in life, but I was hoping for more since this is a Christmas movie (life can be depressing enough as it is).
Watch it, enjoy it (as I do think it is worth watching) and then decide if you want to add it to your Christmas collection.