Friday, December 03, 2010

Christmas with a Capital C: A Heart-Warming Christmas Movie on GMC

I love finding new Christmas movies, so I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to review Christmas with a Capital C, premiering this Sunday, December 5, at 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 PM ET on GMC. The film features actors Ted McGinley, Daniel Baldwin, and Nancy Stafford, and is inspired by a song called “Christmas with a Capital C” by contemporary Christian band, Go Fish.

The first reason I wanted to see this movie is because it’s filmed entirely in Seward, Alaska, which I have visited! We have a lot of family members in Alaska, so we recognized much of the gorgeous scenery in the film. Another great reason to watch this movie is because it really drives home the “reason for the season.” Its strong Christian theme doesn’t shy away from the point that the word “Christmas” comes from the word “Christ,” referring to the birth of Jesus and our inspiration for the holiday season.

In the movie, lawyer Mitch Bright (played by Daniel Baldwin) returns to his hometown of Trapper Falls, Alaska, after many years away as a hotshot lawyer. Immediately, he starts causing trouble in town. The mayor, Dan Reed (played by Ted McGinley), is an old high-school rival of Mitch’s, and they butt heads again as soon as they see each other. This time, their “issue” is centered on the beautiful hand-carved nativity scene that is displayed in town every year. Everyone looks forward to this tradition each Christmas, but Mitch files an injunction against the town to prevent its display on government property. When Mitch promises to bring new business to town through his contacts with a cruise line, and then decides to run for mayor himself in the next election, the townspeople are soon divided over their loyalty to Dan and their Christian beliefs and their desire for new money to come to town. There’s also a smaller storyline involving Dan’s teenage son and his rivalry on the ski slopes with a girl from his school.

Check out the following video for a sneak peak at Christmas with a Capital C:



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I really enjoyed Christmas with a Capital C. It is well-acted, has a realistic and compelling storyline, and shares a valuable message about the meaning of Christmas and conflicts that can arise between freedom of speech/religion and the Establishment Clause. It can serve as a springboard for initiating discussions on important Constitutional issues, but is also just a lot of fun to watch. I hope you’ll view this movie with your family this Sunday night on GMC!



DISCLOSURE: I received a screening copy of this movie to facilitate my candid review. No financial compensation was provided.

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