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Movie Review: Request for Christmas, Director: Christie Will, 2016

Before Christmas, a lot of movies about Santa Claus and Christmas come to the TV screens. The old ones among us actually like optimistic films. Maybe a few complications in the film, but in the end everything works out. In the movie before us, Sarah Thomas (Lacey Schaber) works in a marketing office in Chicago. She is a brilliant and hardworking girl, but very shy and has barely uttered a word since she started her job about two years ago. As a result, the company's founder Peter Williams (Paul Green) barely knows her. Her direct manager Dirk Tyson (Jason McKinnon) who is domineering and selfish, steals ideas from her and makes them his own. Sarah does not complain and also tries to please her co-workers by bringing them cups of coffee in the morning. Christmas is coming, the time of Sarah's favorite year, and a party is being held at the workplace. In the morning Sarah was in conversation with Dirk and came up with a brilliant idea that she came up with. He mocks her and shames her. But, at the party, Peter, the manager, greets the employees and in the process praises his assistant Dirk for the idea he came up with, which was actually Sarah's idea. He suggests he travel together to Seattle and bring up the idea to a very wealthy but difficult client. It is very insulting and upsetting to Sarah and she decides to leave. As she lingers downstairs waiting for her friend Molly (Andrea Brooks), Santa appears in her face and asks her to ask him a wish. She asks for courage to express her views and stand up against anyone who tries to harass her. He assures her that she will get 48 hours and try to take advantage of them to the best of her ability. Sarah does not believe that the wish will come true, but when she goes back to the party she feels able to approach Dirk, who was just standing with Peter, and assertively slap him in the face that he stole the idea from her and presented it as his idea, without even giving her credit. Peter hears, and after a while comes to Sarah and offers her to come with him to Seattle and tells her that Peter is Dirk. Sarah agrees on the condition that she return by Christmas, which she wants to celebrate with her mother and sister. They travel together, and it turns out that Peter's parents live there and the innkeeper there is his aunt. They come to his family after Sarah asks for it, and she discovers a very nice family and loves Christmas, but it turns out that Peter and his father had a fight two years ago and are still not talking. The client with whom they were supposed to talk refuses to meet with Sarah and Peter, and after Sarah's insistence he agrees to postpone them until the next day. When they arrive at the meeting they discover a person who does not treat them and disparages them and is not even interested in listening to their words. They give up and decide to return to Chicago. Peter informs Sarah that he is staying another night, and she does not tell him, but she too stays and lurks for Wilson Taylor (Mark Brandon), until he sees that he has entered his limousine. She goes after him and convinces him to listen to her, and eventually wins the client. Meanwhile in Chicago, Peter picks up the workers left to work despite Christmas, arranges a meal for them like a king, promises them a 200% paycheck. Surprisingly his parents and aunt join in and bring dessert. He reconciles with his father. Everything - according to Sarah's idea. Suddenly Sarah also appears and informs him of the acceptance of the important customer. He is very impressed and when they are alone, they kiss. Santa appears in the distance and smiles and waves his hand at Sarah. A lovable film to pass an evening, it has optimism, hope and a lot of light and good.


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