Airing as a part of the 2023 Great American Family lineup, Bringing Christmas Home is a sweet television movie sure to charm its target audience.
Bringing Christmas Home (2023) Great American Family TV Film Review
Back home, retired military officer, Caroline Upton (Jill Wagner) is working as a history professor now. Though she’s working to make her first permanent home, Caroline still struggles with memories that she still needs healing from. While reading a military forum message board, she meets Russell Carlisle (Paul Greene).
Owner of an antique store, Russell runs across a WWII uniform and a letter that inspires him to return the heirlooms. First he has to know where to start which leads him to Caroline…
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A highly anticipated Christmas movie from GAF, this script pays tribute to those who have given service to their country. The story doesn’t put a lot of attention on the love story from the letters and ends that element in a way that’s not usual for this genre, which is nice to see. The script also doesn’t go as deeply into some of the themes as it could. There’s some flaws in the timing or the script here and there that sort of effect the film from being fully “polished,” but it’s still a sweet watch.
What helps is the cast being familiar and fan favorites. Jill Wagner has featured in a TV mystery movie series as well as many Christmas films including this her third with Great American Family. The story focuses more on understanding what being supportive means and making a choice to be one half of a new relationship.
Though the film has more emotional topics and moments, this is still a feel good Christmas movie. This even extends to the secondary characters who are equal parts memorable and supportive. With a cast who appreciates the military and is open on social media about that support, the script respects the military and genuinely honors that.
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Content: there’s nothing to note outside of the emotional elements which discuss loss and war memories. Nothing is ever discussed in great detail, so nothing is graphic. The film is TV-PG.
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