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Christmas in the Smokies

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Predictable faith-based holiday romance is full of clichés.

Movie NR 2015 90 minutes
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Christmas in the smokies

Honestly one of the worst Christmas movies I’ve ever watched with my 2 God-given eyes. The ending was horrible and there was no climax. I thought they were going to give at least a little hope to the movie but it never did. Very disappointed.
age 7+

Great family movie!

Sweet, well-done movie which takes place in the Smoky Mountains. Themes include Christmas, family, spirituality, hard times, relationships, etc. Lovely story and good acting from the entire cast. Cliche? Sure. . . but I'll take it any day over the alternatives. Just a nice, sweet film that shows some religious themes which is just unheard of these days. I am happy to see it. Would love more just like this. The actors were truly great. ***I am not a prude nor am I 85 years old. But it is hard to find a pleasant movie like this one. It's a keeper.

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This movie is best for romantics who love faith-based stories. Christmas in the Smokies is a well-made retread that doesn't feature a single original thought but relies on an attractive and competent cast (including TV veteran Barry Corbin as Shelby's good-humored dad) to carry its tired story through 90 minutes of inoffensive and uninspiring mediocrity. Adversity, as it does in so many movies, comes in the form of mean old bankers, whose hands are tied, and a rapacious developer who wants to buy up the over-leveraged acreage to make a business center and homes, which will inevitably destroy the time-honored way of life of good country folk. Moments that give pause include the dad's calm response to only having 60 days to raise $60,000: "A child was born in that manger. Everything's gone be all right." There's no hint of where Mason went when he disappeared nor why he couldn't be reached by phone. And even when asked, he can't explain why he left. But no one who has ever watched a movie will doubt from the first moment that the two fighting exes will get together by credit roll.

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