When calvin (a modern day scrooge) wakes up in a hospital bed on christmas eve he is visited by a mysterious murse who gives 12 attempts to make the best christmas eve ever. With the clock ticking calvin must find the true... more » meaning of christmas & hopefully reconnect with the people who give meaning to his life Studio: First Look Home Entertain Release Date: 11/15/2005 Starring: Steven Weber Molly Shannon Run time: 88 minutes« less
This is a cute movie. If you like movies from the Hallmark Channel's 25 Days of Christmas movie month, you will like this movie. Family friendly.
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Sometimes you find a diamond
Michael Grello | Columbia, SC USA | 12/13/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This was a wonderful movie. Not only was it heartwarming but it illustrated a gospel point better than any other movie I have ever seen. Jesus said "You must lose your life to save it." and this is the lesson Calvin learns. When he stops trying to manipulate the situation and just does what is right (another gospel point), he abandons himself to just enjoying the time he has with his family. Noboby ever lies on their death bed and says "gee I wish I had taken my family business public!" or "nice family, but I'm really bummed about that business failing 30 years back." Watch this movie and get your priorities straight."
WISHY WASHY AND UNORIGINAL WITH A FEW LAUGHS
Tim Janson | Michigan | 11/14/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The 12 Days of Christmas is one of those rather innane made-for-tv Christmas movies that crop up every holiday season. I believe this was a USA network picture as I recall. The movie basically borrows elements from Groundhog Day, It's A Wonderful Life, and Scrooge to arrive at its story. Steven Weber, a fairly likable actor plays Calvin a business owner who has taken the family store and built it into a national chain. But this has of course hurt him in his personal life leading to his marriage disolving and alienating his son and brother.
Calvin has an accident and wakes up to find that he's essentially dead...He's meets Nurse Angie who is his guardian Angel and he is told, ala Scrooge that he has 12 days to set things right with the rest of his family and his life...or else. Shannon provides most of the laughs in her own usual manic way, basically hammering Calvin over the head on what he has to do. And of course in the end we have Calvin discovering the true meaning of Christmas and he sets things right with his family. The performances were very good it's just too bad there wasn't more of an original story for them to work with."
M. A Spitzer | Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA | 12/04/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"A cute modernized "remake" (or rip-off) of ITS A WONDERFUL LIFE. Weber makes the film. Of course he really wasn't such a bad guy to start with which throws the story a little out of whack... heck, he saved the family business from Chapter 11 and made it a success so the whole family is now financially secure.... cut the guy some slack!!
We watched this the same day as the Pitt/Jolie movie MR AND MRS SMITH and actually enjoyed this one a bit more."
Not what I expected
M. K. Glenn | Black Mountain N.C., | 11/07/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I watched this movie expecting to be bored as I have been by other movies where the same day played over and over. I was surprised that this movie didn't bore me, but instead left me anxious to see what would happen next. The guy, played by Steven Weber, thinks he has just experienced this best Christmas Eve of his life because of a great business deal. He has 12 chances to realize what a "best Christmas" really is, and he must figure it out for himself with no hints from his nurse/angel, or it will actually be his last Christmas Eve."
Only 10 Days were worth the movie
B. Hill | Pittsburg, CA | 01/09/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I returned this movie. Being a Christmas movie fan, I could see no need to retain this in my home. The main reason - the producers found it necessary to include in one of the Christmas Eve's a portion of the main character being extremely self-absorbed -- he buys everything he wants, treats people anyway he wants -- which OK is what self-absorbed people do, however, I didn't need the scene where he has self-fulfilling sex with his girlfriend. The whole bed scene could have been eliminated, even if the producers alluded to it.