Christmas Angel (DVD Review)6 Nov, 2009 By: Angelique Flores
Rated ‘PG’ for mild thematic elements.
Stars KC Clyde, Kari Hawker, Bruce Davison.
It’s that time of year for heart-warming stories about being thankful, being generous and bringing goodwill and cheer to others. And Christmas Angel certainly fits the mold.
Nick and Ashley seem to be an odd pairing of friends at first glance. Touchingly played by Bruce Davison, Nick is an older, retired man who seems to live a leisurely life. Ashley is a sweet young woman, and nothing seems to go right for her. He loves the Christmas season, and she feels the opposite.
Knowing Ashley is in dire need of a job, Nick hires her as his personal assistant. She finds out his “job” is being a secret Santa, anonymously helping people he sees everywhere.
Meanwhile, Ashley has literally bumped into local reporter Will on the street. After she walks away, he picks up her dropped cell phone and later uses it as an excuse to get a date.
As Will is getting to know Ashley, he’s also uncovered Nick’s secret Santa secret. He wants to write a story about it for his newspaper, but Nick doesn’t want his secret exposed.
In the end, Will gets his story — though not the one he originally wanted — and Ashley learns to love Christmas.
This film is appropriate for families, though children may not be as entertained. The three lead actors are wonderfully cast, bringing to life a script that at times was a bit too predictable, and they thankfully overshadow weak supporting actors.
Some of the dialogue is cheesy, but the plot has few holes.
With many Christmas films, the point is only to make audiences feel good. And Christmas Angel does just that.