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Dear Santa (2011)

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Movie 26 November 2011
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A young woman from a privileged life falls for a soup-kitchen owner after discovering a Dear Santa letter written by his 7-year-old daughter.

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Jason Priestley
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Amy Acker ... Crystal Carruthers
David Haydn-Jones ... Derek Gowen
Emma Duke Emma Duke ... Olivia Gowen
Patrick Creery ... Pete Kennedy
Gina Holden ... Jillian
James Dugan James Dugan ... Frank McCourt
Margherita Donato Margherita Donato ... Kim
Brooklynn Proulx ... Sharla
Paulina 'Miel' Chmielecka ... Saleswoman (as Paulina Chmielecka)
Bob Irvine Bob Irvine
James D. Hopkin James D. Hopkin ... Mr. Norman Lockhart
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Storyline

Beverly Hills 90210 alumni Jason Priestley takes the helm for this warmhearted romantic comedy about a die-hard party girl struggling to change her frivolous ways. Crystal (Amy Acker) comes from a wealthy family and loves to spend money-her parents' money. When they decide it's time she made something of her life, they give her until Christmas to clean up her act--if she doesn't, they will promptly cancel her credit cards. Petrified at the prospect of having no money and no boyfriend, Crystal has a flash of inspiration when she finds a letter to Santa from 7-year-old Olivia (Emma Duke), who wants Santa to find her widower father Derek (David Haydn-Jones) a new wife. Derek owns a local soup kitchen and has dedicated his life to helping others. Though Crystal has never set foot in a soup kitchen, she soon seeks out Derek and starts volunteering her time to get closer to him, unaware that Derek's girlfriend Jillian (Gina Holden) will do anything to keep her man to herself. Meanwhile, ... Written by Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 November 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caro Babbo Natale... See more »

Filming Locations:

Calgary, Alberta, Canada See more »

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Budget:

CAD3,950,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Both Amy Acker and Gina Holden appeared in the first season of Supernatural (2005). See more »

Goofs

During the opening title sequence Crystal is Christmas-shopping and takes out her iPhone to loot at her shopping list via the iPhone-notes app. Although nearly every shop sports Christmas window-displays, the phone shows "Today 31 Mar" in the note. See more »

Connections

Features Ebenezer (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Tonight
(uncredited)
Music by Mitch Lee
Sung by Jocelyn Alice
Published by Locash Records (2011)
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The Meet Cutest!!!!!!
20 December 2016 | by koolmemeSee all my reviews

Love this movie. Plot is totally predictable like 90% of every other movie in the IMDb. Widower dad adorable daughter wants Santa bring daddy new mommy spoiled rich girl finds letter to Santa yadda yadda ...

But who cares? Great execution by everyone involved. Amy Acker lights up every scene. Jason Priestly smartly keeps the camera on her most of the time. The father/daughter pair are cast perfectly and play off of each other well. The antagonist girlfriend hits just the right note. The LGBTQ character plays beyond stereotype effectively. Production values are passable. Hard to imagine a better Hallmark/Lifetime-like movie.


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