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Christmas Movie Review: One Magic Christmas


“My brother’s never going to believe this. ”

The Story:

Award-winning actress Mary Steenburgen (TV’s JOAN OF ARCADIA, HOPE SPRINGS) gives a solid performance as Ginny Grainger, a young mother who rediscovers the joy and beauty of Christmas, thanks to the unshakable faith of her six-year-old daughter Abbie (Elizabeth Harnois) and Gideon (Harry Dean Stanton), Ginny’s very own guardian angel. Ginny’s wondrous experience will touch your heart and warm your soul in the timeless tradition of past Disney favorites. – Amazon


Recently have been review a couple of great Hallmark classic movies, so I needed a little change of pace.  It’s been quite awhile since I’ve visited One Magic Christmas, in all honestly it’s been too long.

This heartwarming tale was released by Disney in 1985 and somehow I’ve missed it until, oh I guess about ten years ago.  I remember the initial viewing very well.  As the movie began and progressed, I thought, “this has got to be the most depressing movie, I’ve ever seen.”.  Ginny, played by the masterful Mary Steenburgen, was a grade A downer and to be quite frank, she was taking me down with her.

Never once in A Christmas Carol did I not think Scrooge would be redeemed, I had my doubts about Ginny.  With her many problems it was too hard to see the glory that Christmas was bringing.  It would take outside intervention for her to see the grandeur of Christmas and family (something many take for granted).  Thankfully for Ginny, she had a guardian Angel, played brilliantly by Harry Dean Stanton, and her son and daughter to keep the Christmas flame a flicker.

I’ll leave it at that, I don’t want to ruin many of the key elements of this fine Christmas flick.

Too me, One Magic Christmas is a underrated Christmas classic and should be viewed with whole family.  Must see.


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