Another Family Christmas Reunion
Tracie (Schuyler Fisk) and Rick (David Clayton Rogers - Pregnancy Pact) were once very much in love, got married and started a family. But things have recently gone wrong and they find themselves going their separate ways, alternating who has their daughters, Harper (Abby James Witherspoon) and Ava (Skylar Olivia Flanagan), for the holidays. With Christmas coming Harper and Ava have a joint wish, they want to spend Christmas not only at Tracie's family farmhouse but as a family with their father there as well. Despite it being difficult Tracie and Rick agree to a temporary Christmas reunion although that means they will also have to deal with her disapproving parents, her siblings and also her parent's gossipy friends. But maybe in the chaos of Christmas Tracie and Rick will remember what they loved about each other before it all went wrong.
"A Holiday Wish come True", which also goes by the name "Every Other Holiday", is one of those movies with all kinds of everything wrapped up in one. As such this story has some comedy as we have the family reunion which is filled with family tension, we have cute children who want their parents to get back together, as such we have some romance as old feelings resurface and of course some drama as beneath all these layers we have character issues, the truth behind the facade. So in a way "A Holiday Wish come True" is another movie which goes down "The Family Stone" route with plenty of drama, romance, and comedy, and in fairness it does a surprisingly good job of using the comedy and romance as only a layer on top of the drama. What that means is that as the movie plays out we learn more about the history and why Tracie's religious mother disapproves of Rick.
The trouble is that when it comes to the characters and how they are played the variety is too much. As such Schuyler Fisk and David Clayton Rogers work so well as Tracie and Rick and you believe that there is a lot of love between them but other people have caused them issues through being disapproving. But then you have the likes of Dee Wallace who sadly over plays the religious and disapproving side to her character which makes her come across as being forced. Of course it is intentional as that is where part of the comedy comes from but at times it jars a little too much.
What this all boils down to is that "A Holiday Wish come True" has a lot going for it and there is a surprising amount of emotional depth when it comes to the characters and what happened to them. But some times the humour of the characters jars a little too much and makes it feel forced.