Comedian Tom Arnold (True Lies) takes the holiday spirit to new heights starring in Moonlight & Mistletoe, the heartwarming and hilarious story of a father and daughter who single-handedly attempt to save Christmas ... in ... more »Santaville. Arnold plays Nick, the owner of a year round Christmas theme park. After three years, his estranged daughter Holly (Candace Cameron Bure) returns home to find the spirit of Christmas in Santaville has dwindled, taking the family business with it. What starts out as an attempt to bail out her dad, ends up rekindling Holly s belief in Christmas all over again. The snowflakes will fly in this holiday film the whole family will enjoy!« less
Jerry S. from OCEANSIDE, CA Reviewed on 12/3/2012...
Great Christmas Movie :-)
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Cheestastic Christmas movie
Lizz A. Belle | North Bend, OR United States | 11/08/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"ABC Family usually puts out some pretty good Christmas movies and this one is no exception. I call it "cheestastic" because it is predictable but the story is fun nonetheless. My biggest problem with the movie was the actors. I am a fan of Candace Cameron-Bure from her days on Full House, but she almost doesn't look like the same person in this movie. She appears to have had quite a bit of plastic surgery, as you will notice because her face never moves. There is a part where she is clearly supposed to scowl/give a dirty look to the villain of the movie and when she turns to do this, her eyes give a cold stare but the rest of her face doesn't follow. I found her lack of emotional responses to be quite amusing, which I think detracted from the story.
The story is very cute, following a bit along the lines of a Charlie Brown Christmas. CCB's father runs a "resort" if you will in a small town in Vermont (look for the sign on the wall in Santa's Workshop) called "Santaville" that runs 365 days a year. When CCB is younger, business is booming as people still enjoy the magic of Christmas and kids are still asking for things like ponies and dollhouses instead of X-box 360s and Guitar Hero. However, as Charlie Brown says, Christmas becomes too commerical and the business in Santaville dries up. CCB's father, played by Tom Arnold (who lacks the usual no-nonsense abrasiveness I loved about him in True Lies) has been neglecting his bills due to lack of income waiting for a Christmas miracle. CCB returns to the town very reluctantly after her father is injured in a sleighing accident. She has become the cynical Scrooge figure one might expect after having her entire childhood swirled around 24/7/365 Christmas. There is the usual romantic faire and the predictable evil villian who swoops in to try to take Santaville from the family but it has the Christmas happy ending everyone cherishes (and I would have been royally angry if it didn't).
I can't say this is a Christmas film I will be watching every year, but I am not sorry I added it to my library. It is an enjoyable movie suitable for families with a refreshing course on the true meaning of Christmas. Money well spent."
Just a little Christmas fun...
C. Lorz | Orem, UT USA | 10/05/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is hardly the best Christmas movie I've ever seen. There were some horribly awkward parts that will always bug me (the two kids who played the younger versions of CC-B's & CW's characters were painfully bad actors). And yeah, the nutcrackers were a hard sell, but over all it had what most people look for in a Christmas movie, and that is Christmas. It had a quiet charm that I found endearing and over all I enjoyed it."
FULL OF CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
D. Mundy | 11/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great family film-heard one bad word,,but other than that it is wonderful and it will become a must see film each year.It has alot of good morals in it about family and love.You should see this with your family.We thought the acting was great and we will hope for more films like it."
Great heartwarming story to watch over and over
Donald F. Chisholm | 11/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My wife and I previously watched this movie on the Hallmark Channel and decided that we needed a DVD to watch it whenever we so desired.
This was the first DVD we have had the time to watch of the 6 that we purechased. It is a great DVD to enjoy, the one we purchased has a couple of flaws in the DVD near the beginning. It is not a perfect DVD."