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The Christmas Lodge

6.01 h 29 min2011X-RayALL
During a weekend trip to the mountains, Mary finds herself at the now run-down lodge where she spent the holidays with her family growing up. She becomes determined to restore the building to its former glory. Inspired by her grandfather and guided by her grandmother in heaven, Mary throws herself into the project.
Terry Ingram
Erin KarplukMichael ShanksRukiya Bernard
English [CC]
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Rebecca ToolanMichael Kopsa
Jack Nasser
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4.5 out of 5 stars

1223 global ratings

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Molly84Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 October 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
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I love cheesy Christmas films but this one was a dud.

**spoilers ahead**
I liked the main actress, her character Mary was idealistic but not annoyingly perfect. About a quarter of the way through I realised the film had quite obvious religious leanings. I can understand that to an extent as it’s set at Christmas but it was a bit heavy handed in places. The grandfather recited a bible passage during a disagreement, the main characters wore crucifixes which is fine but the male lead wore his as a choker so it would be seen throughout. It just didn’t feel natural, every time faith was brought up it felt like the story stopped just to highlight it.

I normally love a story where the hero is a single dad (widowed rather than divorced of course) but the daughter was pretty irritating by the end. Mary’s grandfather had a medical emergency and the daughter just complained constantly that she wouldn’t get to meet him and that the lead had broken her promise that they would see him at Christmas. Never mind that the poor guy was gravely ill and Mary was worried about her grandfather! When they do meet, the little girl throws herself at him crying grandpa and he actually had to ask who she was. It was just odd.

I almost turned it off but stuck through the last half an hour just to see the ending. The resolution of the story came out of nowhere and left me a bit baffled.
**big spoiler** He wanted to propose at Thanksgiving but she said she needed more time, literally 3 mins later it was Christmas and he proposed in front of her whole family and she accepted. Obviously about 4 weeks was enough time!

I really enjoyed the first 20 minutes but it went downhill fast.
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D. BarnesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 December 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Reason for the Season.
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My wife and I watched this film on Amazon Prime and so enjoyed it that I have ordered a copy for my parents in time for Christmas.

It really is a delightful Christmas film. As has been mentioned in the positive reviews- the characterisation, the beautiful settings, reminences, the Waltons style atmosphere. It is a feel good film of the highest order.

I was therefore initially puzzled that the film draws some very negative reviews.

Some accuse it of being cheesy, and yet painful situations such as relationship break up, seriously ill grandfather, and feelings of not being able to 'afford' to help people in need are depicted/acted out in a realistic way.

It is precisely because of the realism concerning the difficulty of trusting someone new after a broken relationship that makes the lead woman believable in her prevarication towards the end, though everyone knows he's right for her and his persistance decisively triumphs over that prevarication- a 'cheesy' film would just have her accept the new man without this kind of subtle touch.

If you study the negative reviews carefully you will see the real reason for the dislike of this film is a prejudice against Christianity. All prejudice is irrational but the kind expressed here is just bonkers since the film is a CHRISTmas film after all!

It is also sad because these type of reviews fail to see how the Christian Faith actually impacts painful, difficult circumstances by changing characters motivations/ actions for the better. So, for example, the grandfather's biblical challenge to his son to try and move him from just thinking in terms of money making to helping the man in need is one manifestation of the Christian injuction to love one's neighbour as oneself. When Christians attend Church and listen to the Bible taught these are the very things they are being encouraged to do in their real lives.

Sadly we live in an increasingly secular society (code for athiestic), where such standards are seen as unreal, however, many Christians who genuinely want to follow Christ in discipleship know differently. Why shouldn't that positive reality be explored and worked out over and against the negative/ painful circumstances? And since that happens in real life for believers then why can't these themes be expressed in fiction too? If Christ is the motivation for many, why can't that be openly stated?

The classic 'It's a Wonderful Life' also has strong Christian references, made in a more liberal and informed Age where the majority knew Christianity was a force for good. They had the biblical background through school assemblies, parents sent their children to Sunday Schools, and although some people may not have become believers themselves they were liberal enough to respect it.

But now there is widespread ignorance of that Christian heritage.

Now we have the censorius judgment 'it's too religious' as though the film were invading us with some kind of diseased outlook from the outset. Meanwhile such people salivate over the likes of EastEnders as though the strife and sin depicted there is the only reality. Is it any wonder that our society is itself increasingly stuck in that bog because we have turned our backs on the light that can truly brings us out of darkness?

So I say don't give way to the Christophobic thought police, be glad we still have freedom of expression in the West to watch films like this, and people brave enough and skilful enough to create such in their presentation of the true Reason for the Season.
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CaroReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 November 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
very religious movie - not my thing but fair enough if it's yours!
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I usually like this sort of cozy Hallmark movie but the amount of religion included (which felt awkward) was too much for the non-believer in me - I actually felt uncomfortable watching it at times - fair enough if you like this sort of thing, but it was all too cheesy and as other's said the resolution was strange and rushed!
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A is for AngelReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 December 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
More a dry pious tale than a 'Spirit of Christmas' story
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Hallmark films are cheesy, it's why we watch them, but this didn't land for me because of it's lack of authenticity in plot and character developments. I love a film that has faith and hope of a higher divine nature, but this felt dry and inauthentic in its attempts to reference it. The main actress deserves credit for acting her face off, but even that couldn't save the storyline around her romantic life, which was really weak. Neither romantic prospect of hers is attractive in terms of their believability as rounded believable characters, and the emotional connection is not convincing, so it looses any emotional buy in to either relationship as being credible. The main love this woman has seems to be for her grandfather, by comparison there seems to be absolutely zero emotional attraction/love between her and the man who suddenly asks her to marry him after a non-existent dating phase. I also keep noticing that these hallmark films have this narrative around a weak man that needs to be 'saved' by a woman. I hate this, and would do if it were also the other way around, a man saving a woman, its just so co-dependent and unromantic. The concept is nice, the lodge is Christmassy, the grandfather is nice, her hair always seems to be bouncy and awesome like her persona- but the rest falls flat. It's OK....either leave it or do something else with this on in the background.
RosaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 January 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A delightful rare these days.
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I've been watching Christmas films over the past couple weeks and the summary of this one didn't 'grab' me so I left it till last but what a's the best. So inspiring and what a pleasant change to find a film with Christian values in this secular age. It seems that people are expected to tolerate everything these days but Christianity......most interesting! The film gradually pulls you in to the deeper story of the family and lodge and unlike some negative views that consider the Christian references are 'in your face', I found it to be otherwise. I gradually became aware of things and it fitted with the whole story. Excellent thank you.
A. HoldenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 November 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Overly Religious
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Pros: The protagonist was quite likeable. Some nice scenery.

Cons: Practically every other character is annoying and badly acted.
Clunky scriptwriting.
Irritating, too-loud background music.
Heavy-handed pro-Christian message. There's actually a scene where one character needs to convince another to do something for the plot to progress, and they win the argument by waving a bible in the air, quoting scripture, and pompously asking "what would Jesus do?"
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jt-dtReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 December 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great viewing on a wet and windy December evening ...
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A heart-warming film about love, both familial and romantic. It is clean and suitable for all the family. The subtitles work well.

It may play like a daytime TV movie at times but there is something relaxing in knowing there will be a happy-ending. A perfect, 'leave the stresses of the world behind you' feeling; if only for a little while!
5 people found this helpful
Granny WeatherwaxReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 November 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Way too religious and a little bit false
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**spoilers below**

The actors were great and the story ok but there really was too much emphasis on Jesus and God. Which is fine if that's your thing but not if you are an atheist! most Christmas films mention God but this is just too much and it spoilt it for me. ok film except for the fact that the forest scenes in places were obviously a set! And the lodge did NOT appear to be 'falling down' as they kept saying. would have liked to have seen more mountain scenery and less fake snow.....

anyone know how grandpa made a miraculous recovery???
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