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Noel
Noel
Actors: Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Paul Walker, Alan Arkin, Marcus Thomas
Director: Chazz Palminteri
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family
PG     2005     1hr 36min

Joy is just around the corner when Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Paul Walker, and Alan Arkin fill out an all-star cast in this holiday classic. As five strangers come together on Christmas Eve, a story of peace, companion...  more »

     

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Actors: Susan Sarandon, Penelope Cruz, Paul Walker, Alan Arkin, Marcus Thomas
Director: Chazz Palminteri
Creators: Al Corley, Bart Rosenblatt, Eugene Musso, Howard Rosenman, James Mulay, Jonathan Dana, David Hubbard
Genres: Drama, Kids & Family
Sub-Genres: Family Life, Christmas
Studio: Screen Media
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 10/25/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2004
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Member Movie Reviews

Gabriele C. from LAKE WALES, FL
Reviewed on 8/13/2021...
i watched this movie tonight ..on roku and came here to see if it was available .having worked in the medical field for over 20 years , and also in a hospital the framework of this movie appealed to me .. rmeembering many christmases i spent working this is NOT a hallmark type movie ! .... the young unmarried couple is expecting a baby , another tenant in the house is coming to roses apt ..looking for sex , and there are a few other side stories . because of subject matters and references , i would not call this a family movie BUT !!!! it is a deent movie telling the story of 4 [5] different people and the peole they meet. 4 [ 5] different lives ..memories , dreams , wishes , hurts and expectations ...or the lack therof in the beginning , the movie was confusing , as the /5 cgaracterss story goes parrallel . and weaving in and out .... but you get used to it . hallmark movies are one sweet category ... and this movie portrays life ...

not a bad movie .. but i would x rate it .....
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Spirit of christmas
Richard Clair | 11/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a great xmas pic. The cast is incredible. Susan is flawless. Paul Walker is a revelation in a great dramatic romantic role. Penelope sambas! The stories are real and touching. Six very new york characters, each searching for someone on a christmas eve, find one another on christmas day. Great viewing cuddled up on the sofa with a date or the entire family. Cinematography and music are academy award caliber."
Worthwhile Year-round Movie
D. Hupp | Woodbridge, VA United States | 12/01/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I think the film has some good acting by Paul Walker, Susan Sarandon, and Penelope Cruz and some enjoyable plot twists that will entertain those looking for an enjoyable Christmas story in a modern-day setting.

The movie isn't likely to win any major awards, but it's better than most holiday dramas and many non-holiday films. I think young and more mature adults alike will enjoy NOEL. It's an excellent "date" flick.

Penelope Cruz will appeal to both men and women but for different reasons, but I think children and young teen viewers should be "spared" her bulging cleavage and ultra-mini skirts. I was most "surprised" by Paul Walker's performance. Early in the film I thought his character would be 1-dimensional (i.e., an over-the-top jealous lover), but I think he gives a believable performance as the "macho hunk" who is a man of heart, soul, and some depth of character.

Robin Williams and Susan Sarandon redeem each other and contribute to an uplifting climatic twist to end the movie on a hopeful, redemptive note. Definitely worth seeing."
Christmas is obviously a time of miracles in Noel.
M. J Leonard | Silver Lake, Los Angeles, CA United States | 11/06/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"With its unabashed melodrama, it's hokey premise and contrived plot; it's hard to imagine that Noel has anything going for it. It's such a thick and gooey slice of holiday bunkum and it's hard to understand why an estimable actor like Chazz Palminteri chose David Hubbard's awkward script for his directing debut. On the up side, however, Palminteri is able to draw some very fine performances from his cast - which actually makes Noel worth watching.

Set in New York on Christmas Eve, Noel follows a disparate group of lonely souls, whose lives will eventually intersect. Susan Sarandon is a middle-aged workaholic book editor, a man-shy divorcée who desperately tries to communicate with her mother who is in the final stages of Alzheimer's. Gorgeous office worker Nina (Penélope Cruz) and her strapping, hunky taxi driver fiancé, Mike (Paul Walker), are madly in love, but Mike's jealousy - he breaks out into fits of rage when another man even looks at her - threatens to derail their relationship.

Alan Arkin is a diner employee who in turn is convinced that his late wife's spirit has entered Mike's body - his first encounter with Mike where he offers him some butter cookies is one of the best scenes in the film. In the most thankless role, Marcus Thomas is a young man whose childhood was so brutal that the only happy Christmas he ever had was when family violence sent him to a hospital.

The various stories swirl together, some drifting into the realm of the supernatural and others into the more prosaically therapeutic. But Mr. Palminteri's direction is often choppy, giving no spin or shape to the complex structure. And his message is constantly hammered at us, that Christmas is the perfect time to reach out and touch someone - even if that someone isn't there.

The drama unfolds on an especially emotional and opportune cold winter's eve, and as we watch these people find the resolutions to their problems, the means with which they do this occasionally rings silly, but because the actors and the director seem to have so much faith and belief in there material, we're mostly able to accept the preposterous turns of events and roll with it.

The extras include interviews with the director and the cast, where Sarandon and Walker comment that the film is destined to become a holiday classic. Well, that's a bit of a stretch, but Noel does represent some of Cruz's and Walker's very best acting, with Walker's final encounter with Arkin taking a surprisingly poignant and heart rendering turn.

Just when we've suffered through another cloying cliché, we find ourselves deeply touched by Walker's beautifully realized character. And Sarandon is so vulnerable that when she is startled to find Robin Williams - or, rather, his mysterious character - sitting next to her mother's hospital room, she aptly conveys the tone of the movie - the miracles do happen, even if, in this movie, they're sometimes put to a pretty severe test. Mike Leonard November 05.
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