A twist on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the Scrooge in this film is a divorced, curmudgeon of an editor, Susan Stone (Ally Walker), who spreads sourness and hurt wherever she goes. An eternal pessimist who has lost her childhood innocence and positivity for the sake of a job that is now hanging by a thread. Susan is steeped in such bitterness and hurt that she tells her seven year old niece “There is no such thing as Santa Claus”—crushing her to the core. Upon her brother’s reprimand Susan says, “In order to protect her we should all say life is a bowl of cherries and don’t mention choking on the pits!”

From a nasty fall she gets a bump on the head that comes in the form of the spirit of her childhood self, Suzie. Who upon introduction tells her “I am not going through another Christmas without celebrating.”

Suzie (Hayden Panettiere) reminds her of all the good parts of her character, that were long been vanquished by life’s many disappointments. Shows Susan how she compromised the truth just to fit in with a bunch of superficial nobodies.

Because of a lead from her assistant Susan finally meets her destiny. A new author, Tom Weller (Tom Amandes), who is not only a good writer, but helps her find the love she lost and save her job!

This is a good movie just on the credence it will give you a chance to do some comparative analysis with your moral compass on who you are and who you are supposed to be. Sometimes in life you just need to go back to basics in finding the real you.

Director: Alan Metzger
Writers: Anthea SylbertRichard Romanus
Stars: Ally WalkerTom AmandesHayden Panettiere

Originally released in 1999, If You Believe is 91 min. long and NR. If You Believe can be seen on Tubi, Amazon Prime, You Tube, ITunes, Google Play and Vudu.

An oldie but goodie, We give If You Believe

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

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