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Help for the Holidays (2012)

Sara Vancamp ('Eva LaRue') is a busy mom with no Christmas spirit. Christine (Summer Glau), an elf from Santa's village who wonders if there could be more to life than making toys in the ... See full summary »

Director:

Bradford May

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Abbey Cleland Lopez (story by) (as Abbey Cleland), Abbey Cleland Lopez (teleplay by) (as Abbey Cleland) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Summer Glau ... Christine
Eva LaRue ... Sara VanCamp (as Eva La Rue)
John Brotherton ... Dave Gabriel
Dan Gauthier ... Scott VanCamp
Izabela Vidovic ... Ally VanCamp
Mason Cook ... Will VanCamp
Steve Larkin ... Santa
Jessie Lande ... Gabby
Valorie Hubbard ... Hannah
Jerome V. Green ... Hot Dog Man
Ben Adams ... Doorman
Tom DeTrinis ... Village Elf
Michael Dempsey Michael Dempsey ... Village Santa
Jesse Bean ... Photographer
Loren Lester ... Daniel
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Storyline

Sara Vancamp ('Eva LaRue') is a busy mom with no Christmas spirit. Christine (Summer Glau), an elf from Santa's village who wonders if there could be more to life than making toys in the North Pole, comes to the real world to help the VanCamp family, mom Sara (La Rue), dad Scott (Gauthier), and their two kids, re-discover Christmas spirit. Written by chrisdvanne

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Help for the Holidays See more »

Filming Locations:

Simi Valley, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Trivia

Summer Glau has stated that this is her father's favorite of all her projects. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, Dave and Ally find out, how Christine's magic book works and use it to find out, where she is. However, just about a minute after that, they realize that Will has disappeared and start searching for him instead of using the book to find out where he is (as they just did before to find Christine). See more »

Quotes

Sara VanCamp: So she says you called her fat?
Christine: ...No. She called herself fat, I just agreed with her.
[Scott laughs]
Sara VanCamp: [laughing] Scott, that's not funny.
Scott VanCamp: Yes it is.
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Soundtracks

Ding Dong Merrily on High
(uncredited)
Music by Thoinot Arbeau and lyrics by George Ratcliffe Woodward
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A Summer Elf
2 November 2017 | by Jackbv123See all my reviews

I was surprised when I saw Summer Glau in a Hallmark Christmas movie. I think of the kick-ass teenager in Serenity, or the robot protector in Sarah Conner Chronicles, but not a cheery elf in a Christmas story. But she makes a good one.

While the ultimate outcome is predictable, I was surprised at some of the journey along the way. For one thing there was none of the plot device where the kids terrorize the nanny. The story uses some Santa and elf magic, so don't expect realism.

I wasn't impressed with most of the acting, although it wasn't bad either. But Summer did a nice job developing her character from the essentially naïve alien in the real world into at least a little more natural participant in it. I wish I could say John Brotherton did as well, but I thought his performance was more in the middle. They really didn't have enough screen time to play off one another. Glau connected more with the kids, who each did a good job in their roles. For me, Glau was the heart of the movie.


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