Hoax for the Holidays

Hoax for the Holidays

Director: George Mihalka Cast: Callum Keith Rennie, Martha MacIsaac, Ricky Mabe
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Hoax for the Holidays 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
isndbreeze More than 1 year ago
I originally rejected this movie because a holiday hoax didn't sound, well… Christmassy. Then I read that the film was faith based and that Casey's hoax wound up having an unexpected result on her grieving father who believed it was a sign to him. Unfortunately, the faith her father gets appears to be in himself not in any higher being. There is no miracle. The town, which is very religious, is portrayed as near zombie-like in devotion, and the young priest, though apparently a good guy, is vampirish in appearance and somewhat of a buffoon. Casey's cruel boss, who insists the employees call him "Uncle Bob," is, incidentally, very religious. In fact, he has a lot of control over the church. Enough to get the priest transferred when he doesn't like something he said. I thought Casey, who had lost her faith and claimed to be an atheist, was well-played and likeable. Even her "hoax" wasn't done intentionally and wasn't malicious. The "believers," on the other hand, tried to kill her when she confessed that the image of Jesus on the outside wall of the donut shop (created accidentally when she threw coffee on the wall) wasn't real. The image had drawn true nuts as well as believers, from all over, increasing "Uncle Bob's" sales dramatically. A chicken place nearby was even selling "Apostle Buckets," 12 pieces of chicken in a bucket. My impression is that this film belittles Christians and, if one looks for the real meaning behind the title, "Holiday hoax," I believe it is that Christmas… and God Himself… are a hoax. There are no miracles. Life is what you make of it. Period. It could have been a good Christmas movie if there had been any indication at all of Casey regaining her faith or if her sister, in a coma since a car crash a year before, had regained consciousness. Or even if there were any indication that her sister went to Heaven. But no. There is none of that. It may present an acceptable vision for a confirmed atheist. To me, though, the movie is a downer in the end. Even so, there were some better moments (and some funny moments), and Casey and her father were both unquestionably likeable and sympathetic characters. His devotion to the comatose daughter was immensely touching. Sad that the only lesson expressed in the film was that life goes on… for the living.