Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Christmas List

This time of year, we all look forward to the usual holiday movie favorites, eagerly tuning in to them on tv like we've never seen them before, even though we could recite the dialogue in our sleep, and have memorized some of the scenes to sheer perfection. Who hasn't sobbed like a baby during"It's a Wonderful Life," learned life lessons along with Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol," and sung along with the Peanuts gang in "It's a Charlie Brown Christmas." Still, for some reason, while channel surfing in search of some holiday meaning and a good dose of shmaltzy entertainment, I always watch "The Christmas List," a 1997 favorite in which Melody Paris (Mimi Rogers) a department store perfume clerk, drops off a wish list for Santa and ends up taking many twists and turns along the way, as her desires (everything from fuzzy pink slippers to a marriage proposal)magically appear one by one, with mixed consequences, such as car sharing, perfume mania, disillusioning relationships (aka the dismal and inadequate George, and more.) Marla Maples plays the pompous and nasty temporary love interest of Rob Stewart, who gradually falls in love with Melanie and alls well that ends well. The film is about midlife crisis, not settling for second best in one's career or personal life, and finding happiness while you're still young enough to enjoy it. Sounds Dickensien enough to me. So if you come across this movie on cable, make yourself a cup of hot cocoa, change into your PJ's, and settle in to a feel good movie that has a lot of heart and holiday soul. It give new meaning to the expression, "be careful what you wish for...." One more thing--you'll never buy perfume the same way again.

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