Title: A Country Christmas Story
Where: Lifetime Movie Club (free trial on Amazon)
Rating: NR (but very much a G movie)
Release Type: Television
Plot (from Amazon): A starry-eyed young girl journeys from the mountains of Appalachia to the stage at Dollywood, where she discoverers the impact of African Americans on the world of country music.
Scoring Notes:generally a +5 is the highest I will give a component. A -5 is the lowest. If it goes beyond that, then you know I am quite serious
+10 for Dolly Parton… playing herself. Yes she’s not the best actress but she just has so much joy in what she does!
+5 for Brian McKnight
+5 for Desiree Ross
+3 for Megyn Price
+3 for Ross McCall
+1 for Mary Kay Place
(I had never heard of most of these actors before, but they all owned their roles so well)
Production (Writing/Directing/Soundtrack, etc):
+5 for Writing. Well written throughout the movie
+5 for Directing. Very well directed
+5 for the Soundtrack. The original songs were pretty good; but could have been better. But they didn’t make me cringe.
+20 for diversity. The plot from IMDB is not the same plot that shows on Amazon which is what caught my attention, so just go back and re-read the plot.
+10 for the quote “Country doesn’t come in my color.” and the history lesson that comes after that quote.
+5 for character growth of the mother through the story.
Commentary: This movie was simply delightful. I kept trying to figure out why the dad seemed familiar. Looked it up, oh, of course. And everyone was well cast in the movie. I enjoyed the history lesson and didn’t feel like it was an exposition dump.
+5 for family friendliness
Final Score: 82