The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Theatrical Release: December 13, 2008
DVD Release: October 20, 2009
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year


Jennifer Cullen is a single working mom who has become somewhat of a Scrooge when it comes to the holiday season. Even her six-year-old son Brian is having trouble believing in Santa Claus. When Jen’s Uncle Ralph, a retired officer comes to visit for Christmas, he brings along new friends, a nomad and Jack-of-All trades named Morgen Derby. The two met on a flight and Morgan’s plans to continue on to Denver are canceled when he finds out the city is completely snowed in. Jen is wary of the stranger, but at Ralph’s request, agrees to let him stay the night. She warms up to Morgan, especially when she sees how he interacts with Brian. Uncle Ralph approves of Morgan but Jen’s boyfriend Richard isn’t nearly as receptive.

Meanwhile, Morgan has started to really like Jen, but if she can’t manage to make Christmas about anything more than n business, Morgan will be on his way to Denver and she’ll have missed the opportunity that was right in front of her. Uncle Ralph has done what he can to keep Morgan around, but it’s going to take something more than that to get him penciled into Jen’s long-term plans. Jen just needs to learn “how to do Christmas”, and it turns out Morgan is the perfect one to teach her.

Dove Review

Here is a comical and cute holiday romance for the family. Henry Winkler is wonderful as the endearing Uncle Ralph and Warren Christie is great as the the handsome Morgan. Together these two bring the Christmas season to life for the audience along with Jen and her son Brian. You will laugh at the tactics that Uncle Ralph goes to, to keep Morgan at Jen’s for Christmas.

Truly a fun and heartwarming Christmas movie for the entire family, this movie is Dove “Family-Approved”.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: A couple kisses.
Language: None
Violence: Man tries to rob another; Man hit in head with garbage can.
Drugs: Party scene.
Nudity: None
Other: Discussion regarding loss of loved ones; Man lies to improve his position in a line at the airport.


Company: Gaiam/Vivendi
Writer: Bruce Graham
Director: Michael Scott
Genre: Christmas
Runtime: 87 min.
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe