Call It A Christmas Miracle

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Mrs. Miracle touches the warm, fuzzy spot in all of us yearning for the jingling bells, biting cold, and festive lights of the holiday season. Showcased is a beautiful New York City, complete with a big classic Christmas tree in the heart of downtown and cheerful ice skaters. It’s a film that finds the warmth in the holidays, but keeps it in perspective for the modern viewers. There is a nod to the bad state of the economy, but it really doesn’t have too much of an effect on our lead protagonists due to their reasonable incomes. However, they are still treated as everyday people trying to overcome personal obstacles. It’s a cute Hallmark film aided by an adorable cast and a greeting card appearance.

It’s Christmas time and people are not as thrilled to be shopping due to the struggling economy. Young Holly Wilson (played with extra-caffeinated pep by Jewel Staite) works as a marketer for a devil-wearing-Prada fashion designer. Holly is trying to do right by raising her military brother Michael’s 10-year-old son Gabe while he is overseas. All Gabe wants for Christmas is a high-tech pricy robot called the Intellytron that he sees advertised all over the place. Gabe has no time for Santa or Holly’s silly anecdotes. He is like a grown man trapped in a kid’s body. Holly is a likable woman with a good heart who is an aspiring designer. She has no clue how to raise a child, but is learning as she goes. Meanwhile, Jake Finley (the quietly handsome Eric Johnson) is the manager of a toy company that only carries the classics. His father is the owner of the store and will eventually pass on its legacy to his son. He is under a lot of pressure because he decides to bypass the Intellytron and stick with the board games, yo-yos, and train sets that never go out of style. Jake is also attempting to rekindle his relationship with his Scroogey father that was lost 20 years ago when his mother was involved in an accident on Christmas Eve.

On multiple times Holly and Jakes’ paths cross, especially under the guidance of the nosy, yet adorable Mrs. “Miracle” Merkle (the huggable Doris Roberts). Mrs. Merkle is a guardian angel who keeps hanging a mistletoe over Holly and Jake and is determined to save their Christmas. She scoots herself a permanent spot as an employee at Finley’s and nobody questions it (only in a TV movie, right?). Mrs. Miracle lives to her name and creates magic in Christmas for everyone surrounding her and has a contagious upbeat holiday spirit. With her guidance, everyone’s life changes for the merry!

It’s obvious that the whole thing is simple and the characters are one-dimensional caricatures, but who cares? It’s a sweet, entertaining holiday film. Ironically, it never seems cheesy or overblown and it’s able to provoke genuine emotion. It’s a fluffy sweater, warm feeling of cocoa that is a treat as sweet as Christmas cookies fresh out of the oven. Whether it be a carriage through the city, roasted chestnuts, or opening a present on Christmas Eve, the film has all the clichés it could possibly have. But it’s these clichés and this redundancy that makes the holidays a cheerful, consistent time that we look forward to year after year.