Watch The Christmas Gift
- 1 hr 28 min
The Christmas season is a time of year when people come together to celebrate their love, their family and their faith. It's also a time of giving and receiving gifts, but often the greatest gift is the one that isn't wrapped in paper and doesn't have a bow on top. It's the gift of kindness, friendship and the possibility of a new beginning. These are the themes explored in the heartwarming holiday film, The Christmas Gift.
Starring Michelle Trachtenberg as Darcy, a successful businesswoman living and working in New York City, the film opens with her receiving a call from her brother asking her to come home for Christmas. Reluctant to leave her job and her hectic city life, Darcy initially refuses the invitation, but when she is passed over for a promotion in favor of someone less qualified, she starts to think that maybe a change of scenery is what she needs. So she heads to her small hometown in Montana, where she reconnects with her family and old friends.
One of those old friends is Tom (Sterling Sulieman), a local handyman who has always had a crush on Darcy. Though initially put off by his attentions, Darcy starts to warm up to Tom as she sees how much he cares for her and her family. As they spend more time together, Darcy starts to realize that her focus on her career has caused her to miss out on many of the things that truly matter in life, such as spending time with loved ones and enjoying the simple pleasures of being in a small town community.
Meanwhile, Darcy's father (Rick Fox) is struggling to keep the family business, a Christmas tree farm, afloat. Darcy has always been dismissive of her father's work, seeing it as old-fashioned and unimportant. But as she spends more time on the farm, she comes to see how much it means to her father and to the community. She also starts to see the value in preserving the family's traditions and history.
As the holiday season approaches, Darcy finds herself torn between her old life in the city and the new one she has started to create in Montana. When a job opportunity presents itself that would allow her to stay in Montana and help her father save the farm, she faces a difficult decision. Will she choose career success or family and love?
The Christmas Gift is a heartwarming story that reminds us of the importance of family, love, and community. The characters are well-drawn and likable, and the actors bring a warm and genuine sincerity to their performances. Michelle Trachtenberg is particularly good as Darcy, bringing depth and nuance to her character, who is both ambitious and vulnerable.
The film also features beautiful cinematography that captures the natural beauty of Montana at Christmastime. The snow-covered landscapes, the cozy homes decorated with twinkling lights and the bustling town center all contribute to the film's cozy, homely atmosphere.
Overall, The Christmas Gift is a feel-good movie that will leave you with a warm and fuzzy feeling. It's a reminder that sometimes, the greatest gifts can't be bought in a store â they come from the heart.
The Christmas Gift is a 2015 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 28 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.3.