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Christmas with a Capital C (2011)

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An attorney returns to his small home town in Alaska and quickly rocks the boat by getting an injunction against the nativity display tradition and attacking Christmas.

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Helmut Schleppi
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ted McGinley ... Dan Reed
Brad Stine ... Greg Reed
Nancy Stafford ... Kristen Reed
Daniel Baldwin ... Mitch Bright
Cooper Peltz ... Cody Reed
Francesca Derosa Francesca Derosa ... Makayla Reed (as Francesca DeRosa)
Paloma Peterson Paloma Peterson ... Sienna
Jessica Busbee Jessica Busbee ... Josie
Frank Delaney Frank Delaney ... Joe Diggs (as Frank Delany)
David Cuddy David Cuddy ... Coach Larry
Ron Holmstrom ... Rev. Tiller (as Ron Holmstrohm)
Karen Lauer Karen Lauer ... Willa Rainwater
Jerry MacDonnell Jerry MacDonnell ... Statler
Linné Bardarson Linné Bardarson ... Waldorf (as Linne' Barderson)
Barbara Hopkins-Cox Barbara Hopkins-Cox ... Mrs. Williams
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When successful attorney, Mitch Bright (Daniel Baldwin), returns home after more than 20 years to the small town of Trapper Falls, Alaska he runs into his old high schools rivals: the Reed brothers, Dan (Ted McGinley) and Greg (Brad Stein). Dan is building a new platform for the town's traditional nativity scene, but he is the mayor of the town, the platform is being built with city money, and it's on city property. To top things off: Dan is even married to Kristen (Nancy Stafford) the girl both Dan and Mitch liked in high school. The first thing Mitch does is file a legal injunction against the nativity citing separation of church and state. The second thing he does is decide to run for mayor against his main rival Dan; Dan has been the mayor for years. Mitch accuses Dan of forcing his Christianity upon the entire town, then Mitch goes on a rant about the arrogance and hypocrisy of all Christians. Mitch has a way with people, and plans to bring more business to the town, and soon he ... Written by Tana Colburn

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crăciunul cu 'C' mare See more »

Filming Locations:

Seward, Alaska, USA

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Ranch Studios See more »
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Based on the song "Christmas with a Capital C" by Go Fish. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: AmeriGeddon (2019) See more »

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Christmas Song
Performed by Francesca Derosa (as Francesca DeRosa)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (as Felix Mendelssohn)
Lyrics by Charles Wesley
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A Straw-man Argument Made Into a Film
17 December 2018 | by splumerSee all my reviews

Why is it that Christians don't seem to get the long-settled Constitutional issue of not putting religious displays on public property? And that said issue doesn't affect private property, including privately-owned stores? The very premise of this movie is based on a lie. It doesn't matter if it's a "tradition" to put a nativity scene on the grounds of city hall; the Supreme Court ruled decades ago that it violated the First Amendment. Also, not even the most hardcore atheist is "offended" by Christmas; pointing out that it's unconstitutional is NOT the same as being offended.

In the film's defense, though, it does feature a drug-addled Daniel Baldwin attempting to act, Ted McGinley acting out every "regular Christian guy" trope and Brad Stine acting like a crazy homeless guy. I assume he's just aplying himself.

Rather than actually watching this movie, I suggest watching Hugo & Jake's review of it on You Tube. They explain the issues in a much more entertaining fashion than I.


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