A Dog Named Christmas

Movie Reviews this week from Philippe Hancock movie maker looks at the wonderful festive movie A Dog named Christmas. It stars an endearing young man with special needshttp://www.usfestivals.com Todd played wonderfully by Noel Fisher (Final Destination 2)http://www.usfestivals.com he has a thing for helping injured animalshttp://www.usfestivals.com and we join the movie as Todd helps a wounded mammalhttp://www.usfestivals.com while being looked upon by a certain doghttp://www.usfestivals.com who we shall soon get to know a little bit about later on. You can read more details on his profile here : Philippe Hancock twitter

Todd goes home to his farmhttp://www.usfestivals.com run by his parents George and Mary Ann McCrayhttp://www.usfestivals.com played by the stalwart Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek 2009)http://www.usfestivals.com and Linda Emond (Law and Order: Special Victims Unit) respectively.

They run a farmhttp://www.usfestivals.com where George tends to the cowshttp://www.usfestivals.com and Mary tends to the horseshttp://www.usfestivals.com all their children except Todd have left homehttp://www.usfestivals.com but since Todd is special in more ways than onehttp://www.usfestivals.com the parents are extremely protective of Todd.

Todd happens to find out about a local dog shelter that is offering their dogs to a home till Christmashttp://www.usfestivals.com where upon they can return the doghttp://www.usfestivals.com Todd excitedly tells his parents about ithttp://www.usfestivals.com only for George to dismiss ithttp://www.usfestivals.com despite Todd’s protests.

It turns out George has some issues he hasn’t quite got round to dealing with yet. He is a veteran of the Vietnam Warhttp://www.usfestivals.com and he is still heart broken over losing his beloved dog; he found and took a liking too while in Vietnam.

He is aware that the dog shelter run by Haileyhttp://www.usfestivals.com played by the lovely Carrie Ruscheinskyhttp://www.usfestivals.com really would like the adoptershttp://www.usfestivals.com to not just have the dog over Christmas but permanently adopt them toohttp://www.usfestivals.com he want to show Todd that the world isn’t as easy going as the warm and affectionate manner the family treats him and he is used to at home (and you can tell the family is affectionate when they all get together for a Christmas mealhttp://www.usfestivals.com and delivering of presents)http://www.usfestivals.com and he tells Mary that it is about time he starts to learn this.

Eventually after much persuading by Mary he gives inhttp://www.usfestivals.com but is adamant that Todd returns the dog on December the 26thhttp://www.usfestivals.com which he constantly reminds him ofhttp://www.usfestivals.com a lesson he hopes to teach Todd about sticking to his word.

Todd goes to the dog shelter and after browsing through most of the dogshttp://www.usfestivals.com he settles on a dog that has just been brought in the previous dayhttp://www.usfestivals.com as luck would have ithttp://www.usfestivals.com it turns out it was the same dog watching him while he looked after the injured mammalhttp://www.usfestivals.com Hailey tells him the dog hasn’t been named yethttp://www.usfestivals.com so Todd names him Christmas. Christmas is already trained and Todd can’t wait to show the rest of his family the interesting tricks it can do.

However there is the inevitable confrontation that faces Todd on having to let go of Christmas after December 25thhttp://www.usfestivals.com or can he possibly convince his immovable father otherwise? A Dog named Christmas is a lovely family moviehttp://www.usfestivals.com that is endearing and charming at all angleshttp://www.usfestivals.com not just for dog lovers.

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