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Pete's Christmas (2013)

A put-upon teen finds himself reliving the same miserable Christmas day over and over again.

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Nisha Ganatra

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Peter McKay (story), Peter McKay (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Zachary Gordon ... Pete Kidder
Molly Parker ... Dr. Pamela Kidder
Rick Roberts ... Ronald Kidder
Wesley Morgan Wesley Morgan ... Jake Kidder
Peter DaCunha ... Kenny Kidder
Marshall Williams ... Mike Bronski
Jacob Kraemer ... Ted Bronski
Bailee Madison ... Katie
Bruce Dern ... Grandpa
Victoria Fodor Victoria Fodor ... Katie's Mom
Vince Groulx ... Neighbor Referee
Lynne Deragon Lynne Deragon ... Josephine
Racine Bebamikawe ... Kiran - Hipster #1
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Storyline

An overlooked middle child finds himself in the unexpected spotlight when he realizes his family's terrible Christmas day keeps repeating. As the only one experiencing the day over and over, he decides to use his unique gift to give the holidays a makeover and his family a Christmas they will never forget. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG for some mild language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

CAD 3,300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

The film takes place from December 24 to December 26, 2013. See more »

Goofs

Jake is very worried about being benched from football, even though American high school football is generally over by the middle of October. The next season would start practice next summer, with plenty of time for Jake to earn his place back. If he was worried about not making the team next year, he should be talking about it a little bit differently. See more »

Quotes

Pete Kidder: Does everyone get grumpy when they become a grandpa?
Grandpa: Well, you just don't get grumpy. You gotta work at it. Takes time, like makin' a fine wine. You gotta bottle it up, let it sit for a couple of decades, and then - oh, boy - then you can uncork some vintage grumps, some DOWNTOWN grumps.
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References The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Merry Holiday
Written by Lesley Barber and Nisha Ganatra
Performed by Lesley Barber, Adam Hay and Rob Piltch
Additional vocal arrangement by Kathryn Rose
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Well above average Christmas TV movie
8 December 2015 | by MattyGibbsSee all my reviews

This is a made for TV movie about a teenager who has a terrible Christmas day but gets to re-live it again and again. He gets the opportunity to change the way Christmas pans out.

It's a good natured tale and is very entertaining and while not laugh out loud funny, there are plenty of good light hearted moments. In addition there are also a few poignant moments. The setting is great but what makes this a well above average TV movie is the talented and likable cast. Whilst many TV movies suffer on this score, this one has a cast that features no weak links at all. Zachary Gordon is great as the teenager coming to terms with groundhog day and Bruce Dern adds class as the grumpy grandad. Bailee Madison also shines as the girl next door, putting in a very natural performance.

The usual Christmas messages abound but are dealt with here without the usual schmaltz. This has the feel of a much higher budgeted movie and is one of the best Christmas TV movies I've seen.

This is one of those films that is much better than you think it will be. As an easy to watch Christmas film this really hits the mark.


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