Plot: Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Wally Lamb, this holiday tale is set in 1960s Connecticut where our 10-year-old protagonist has the most memorable December of his life.
Wow. This is nothing like what Lifetime, yes Lifetime, airs in their Christmas movie programming block. It's like A Christmas Story and Simon Birch in that the adult narrator (Chevy Chase) is telling us about a specific time in his childhood.
The retro 1960s vibe is told and shown well, this didn't look cheap. What works in this TV movie's favor is that it feels like a slice of life and resonates more. Unlike other Christmas TV movies, there's romantic subplot and there's not supernatural/magical. The humor is PG and not forced.
Kids in movies are hit and miss but this motley crew of youngsters were total naturals. Each has their own quirks and they're funny. Wyatt Ralff was charming as the lead/child version of our protagonist. Molly Ringwald was delightful as the French Canadian teacher. Danny Nucci and Annabella Sciorra were lovely as the parents..I wanted more of them. The same applies to Cheri Oteri as one of the nuns.
I don't give this score a lot so y'all know that I mean it.