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Christmas in the Heartland (2017)

TV-MA | | Family | TV Movie 14 November 2017
Kara and Jessie are two teenager girls from very different worlds, but with a little Christmas magic, they find they have much more in common than they ever imagined.


Harvey Lowry


Dave Matheny (screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sierra McCormick ... Kara Gentry
Brighton Sharbino ... Jessie Wilkins
Bo Derek ... Elsa Gentry
Shelley Long ... Judy Wilkins
Christopher Rich ... Bob Gentry
JoeDon Rooney ... Jim Wilkins
Tiffany Fallon ... Sherry
Paula Trickey ... Ida Beth
Christian Kane ... Jeff Gentry
Tisha Bradford Tisha Bradford ... June (as Tisha Alexander Bradford)
Bryan Whorton ... Roy Wilkins
Gavin Taylor ... Roger Wilkins
Parker Ridings Parker Ridings ... Donnie Ray Wilkins
Thatcher Ridings Thatcher Ridings ... Junior Wilkins
Bryson Smith ... Wesley


Kara and Jessie are two teenager girls from very different worlds, but with a little Christmas magic, they find they have much more in common than they ever imagined.

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14 November 2017 (USA) See more »

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Southern Christmas See more »

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Actress JJ Arends (Roy's Wife) played the role of a Soldier coming home from Afghanistan. She filmed her scenes less than two weeks before leaving for her third deployment with the Oklahoma Army National Guard. She has since returned home and is still serving. See more »


Jesse is several inches taller and smaller than Cara - yet Cara"s clothes fit Jesse perfectly. See more »

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Very enjoyable
4 January 2019 | by Jackbv123See all my reviews

The story of The Prince and the Pauper is a century and half old. But this movie stands on its own, not a cheap copy.

It helps that both the girls have sweet dispositions and can think on their feet. Jeff has some good traits also. The real Kara is better off with Judy while Jessie has to suffer Elsa who is a mean snob.

It's a nice story of people getting to know one another but then it gets messy and the situation goes down hill fast. It's obvious from early on that there's going to be a reckoning. There was some clever maneuvering to avoid blowing things up too early.

There's some messages in the story, rich-vs-poor snobbery being a big one, and Christmas generosity being another.

It was pleasant to hear the girls sing, but neither is beauty pageant winning material, but maybe in a small enough town.

Is the ending predictable? I sure didn't see it coming. I liked it. Like the premise, it may have stretched credulity a bit, but there are literally hundreds of movies in this genre that are as bad or worse. when compared with reality or real life logic.

Overall the movie is just fun. Brighton Sharbino, a true high-school age actress, is OK as Jessie, but more than the acting, you can just feel the good time she is having. Sierra McCormick is even more so. She radiates everything that should be good in a movie like this. And the closing scene with singing, dancing and outtakes was fantastic. (Christian Kane can sing?)

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