Source: Catholic News Service
Life-affirming holiday drama about five people struggling with personal pain -- including a lonely, middle-aged divorcee (Susan Sarandon) taking care of her ailing mother and a hotheaded cop (Mike Walker) whose uncontrollable jealous fits have driven a wedge between him and his beautiful fiancee (Penelope Cruz) -- as their lives intersect and are forever changed on Christmas Eve. Director Chazz Palminteri manages to elicit good performances from his ensemble cast and strikes the right balance between the stories' sweet-and-sour elements. But the film, though falling short of its Capraesque pretensions, imparts an uplifting message about faith, forgiveness and finding the miraculous in our everyday lives. An implied sexual encounter, some sexual comments and a few crude expressions. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is PG -- parental guidance suggested.
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