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Christmas Movie Review: The Christmas Card

The Story:

US Army sergeant Cody Cullen’s horror tour in Afghanistan ends when his fellow soldier Jonesy is killed in an attack while they are delivering medical supplies in Nurestan. Cody is put on leave and goes to return private possessions to Jonesy’s bride turned widow. On his way home he passes Nevada City, California, where he meets Faith Spelman, who writes the parish’s Christmas cards to lonely soldiers, who had coincidentally included him, an orphan. He happens to save her dad Luke from a serious car run-over. The Spellmans invite Cody home for dinner, then the Christmas tide. He proves a great help in the family logging firm. Vietenam vet Luke wants Cody as son-in-law, but although charmed, Faith still seems committed to rarely present fiancé Paul, a wine broker – IMDB


Christmas and Romance seem synonymous.  It’s a formula that rarely fails and in this instance, the formula holds strong once again.

Hallmark Channel has a penchant for grinding out quality, family-oriented Christmas movies. When this movie was released in 2006, it became the highest rated original movie to air on Hallmark. Amazingly, it still holds that record to this day.  It’s easy to see why.

While the plot is formulaic, it’s the characters and the small town Christmas atmosphere to which The Christmas Card rises above it’s competitors.

Former Superboy, John Newton plays a lonely vet, returning from war, who draws not the affections of the leading lady, yet, but rather her father’s, played by the amusing Ed Asner.  As you know, it’s only a matter of time before the leads get together, but not without a few bumps in the road including the cliched self-absorbed fiance.  However, in the end, love sets sail and we have witnessed one of Hallmark Channel’s best Christmas movies.

Take a moment this Christmas season and check out The Christmas Card, I’m sure you will not be disappointed.


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