Review Date: November 29, 2000
Director: Brett Ratner
Writer: David Diamond, David Weissman
Producers: M. Abraham, Z. Rosenman, T. Ludwig, A. Riche
In fact, the film reminded me a lot of REMEMBER THE TITANS (7/10) in that sense. Both movies seemed to include material that we'd seen in other films before. Both movies carried in them characters in whom we'd invested ourselves before. And both movies seemed to make the story line quite predictable from early on. But in end, both films worked because the characters in each one and their respective plot lines were solid across the board. You believe Cage's story. You really do see him coming into his own as this "new" person. You really do find humor in many of his newfound responsibilities, from which much of this film's humor is derived. But the movie also works as a romance, a drama about relationships. A cutey-patootie Christmas movie. I personally liked the way that they ended the film (which I won't spoil here), but I think others might be a little disappointed. A personal call. One thing that I do think most people won't be able to deny is the quality entertainment that this film is able to provide. The movie's got a big heart, plenty of humor, a dash of romance, a nice score from Danny Elfman, an interesting story and well-developed characters. And what is it that they say about snowflakes? They all look alike from afar, but up close, each one is actually very different. This film is not original but it works. Warm up the blankies, people, this one is made for the chestnuts, the open fire and the corny holiday lovers in us all.