6.6/10
2,104
18 user 10 critic

Christmas Cottage (2008)

Trailer
1:33 | Trailer
A look at the inspiration behind Thomas Kinkade's painting The Christmas Cottage, and how the artist was motivated to begin his career after discovering his mother was in danger of losing their family home.

Director:

Michael Campus

Writer:

Ken LaZebnik
Reviews

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Christmas Cottage (TV Movie 2017)
Certificate: AL Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Any couple who spends the night in the Christmas cottage shall have love everlasting - Lacey Quinn did not believe in happily ever after or the legend of the Christmas cottage. As maid of ... See full summary »

Director: Paul A. Kaufman
Stars: Merritt Patterson, Steve Lund, Brittney Wilson
Christmas Under Wraps (TV Movie 2014)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

When a doctor doesn't get the position she wanted, she ends up moving to a remote Alaskan town. She unexpectedly ends up finding love, happiness and discovers that the small town is hiding a big holiday secret.

Director: Peter Sullivan
Stars: Candace Cameron Bure, David O'Donnell, Robert Pine
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Orphaned the previous Christmas young Goose looks after his demented grandma, selling stolen goods to soft-hearted fence Frank on his Manchester estate. One Christmas Eve Goose meets ... See full summary »

Director: John Hay
Stars: Eddie Izzard, Larry Mills, Jason Flemyng
Christmas in Boston (TV Movie 2005)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Gina and Seth have been pen pals for 13 years and now will have the chance to meet. Both used their best friends pictures to send to each other and now will let their friends meet.

Director: Neill Fearnley
Stars: Marla Sokoloff, Patrick J. Adams, Lindy Booth
The Mistletoe Inn (TV Movie 2017)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Kim Ross (Witt), an aspiring romance novelist, finds herself unceremoniously dumped by her soon-to-be-published romance novelist boyfriend, Garth. She decides to take a leap and signs up ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Wright
Stars: Alicia Witt, David Alpay, Lucie Guest
Northpole (TV Movie 2014)
Certificate: AL Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Northpole, the magical home to Santa & Mrs. Claus, has grown into a huge city powered by the magic of holiday happiness around the world. Yet as people everywhere get too busy to enjoy ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Barr
Stars: Tiffani Thiessen, Josh Hopkins, Bailee Madison
Trading Christmas (TV Movie 2011)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Christmas season is approaching. In South Woodbourne, Washington, widowed second grade schoolteacher Emily Spengler loves the Christmas holidays, as do all the townsfolk, and the ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Scott
Stars: Tom Cavanagh, Faith Ford, Gil Bellows
Noel (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Five New Yorkers come together on Christmas Eve, seeking a miracle.

Director: Chazz Palminteri
Stars: Susan Sarandon, Penélope Cruz, Paul Walker
The Sweetest Christmas (TV Movie 2017)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

"When struggling pastry chef Kylie Watson learns she's made it to the finals of the American Gingerbread Competition, she thinks her competitive spirit has finally paid off and hopes the ... See full summary »

Director: Terry Ingram
Stars: Lacey Chabert, Lea Coco, Jonathan Adams
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Ally is a smart young career woman who needs a new job. Samantha is a busy Beverly Hills advertising executive/mom whose too-well-mannered kids need some fun in their lives. And Danny ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Feifer
Stars: Emmanuelle Vaugier, Dean Cain, Richard Ruccolo
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The ghosts of three elderly industrialists killed in an airplane crash return to Earth to help reunite a young couple whom they initially brought together.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Stars: Harry Carey, C. Aubrey Smith, Charles Winninger
Sound of Christmas (TV Movie 2016)
Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Lizzie, a young piano teacher, helps Brad's teenage daughter learn music. As she begins to break through to the girl, sparks begin to fly with Brad, but she is shocked to find out that he may want to buy the school's property.

Director: Harvey Crossland
Stars: Lindy Booth, Robin Dunne, Micah Kalisch
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jared Padalecki ... Thomas Kinkade
Marcia Gay Harden ... Maryanne Kinkade
Peter O'Toole ... Glen
Aaron Ashmore ... Pat Kinkade
Richard Burgi ... Bill Kinkade
Geoffrey Lewis ... Butch
Chris Elliott ... Ernie (as Chris Elliot)
Richard Moll ... Big Jim
Kiersten Warren ... Tanya
Jay Brazeau ... Mr. Rosa
Charlotte Rae ... Vesta
Edward Asner ... Sidney
Tegan Moss ... Nanette
Gina Holden ... Hope
Malcolm Stewart ... Lloyd
Edit

Storyline

Necessity is the mother of invention. In the weeks leading up to Christmas 1977, Maryanne Kinkade has fallen behind in her mortgage payments and is about to lose her small house in Placerville, a town in California's gold country in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Her son Thom, who attends art school and is in his 20s, determines to make the transition from amateur to professional painter to help save the family's home. He seeks advice from an aging mentor. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Love is the brightest light of all.

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Certificate:

AL | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 2009 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Căsuţa de Crăciun See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

SDDS | DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the scene where Thomas (Jared padalecki) is crying, Peter O'Toole had to reel him in after the take because Jared couldn't stop crying. He told him, "stop that. These are Thomas's tears, not Jared's." See more »

Goofs

In the Hangtown Saloon, the pianist's hands are nearly motionless as he plays the blues. See more »

Quotes

Maryanne Kinkade: You are the light of the world in a... a VERY... dark winter, and we could all use a little bit of extra light right now.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Inspired by true events See more »

Soundtracks

Do Ya Wanna Tijuana?
Written by Kyle Newmaster and Dave Pelman (as W David Pelman)
Performed by Kyle Newmaster
Courtesy of DP Music Production
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Autobiographical film makes a very good Christmas story
6 December 2016 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

"Christmas Cottage" is an autobiographical film about Thomas Kinkade (1958-2012), the "painter of light." I had seen Kinkade's work in shops when I lived on the West Coast from 1987 to 2007. I've also heard and read some of his recent history – up until his death at age 54 in 2012. Based on newspaper reviews, it seems that some critics loved his painting while others didn't. I'm not an art expert or even an aficionado. But I do like some of his work that I've seen.

Kinkade came from a broken home with poor to modest beginnings and rose to super success as a commercial artist. In the course of that, he had a religious experience of some sort that molded his character and guided much of his work for many years. He spoke of the importance of family, and he and his wife had four daughters. But his success might serve as a classic tale of fame and fortune bringing ruin to one's life. In his last years, his character changed. He became an alcoholic, had extra- marital relations, was separated from his wife, was living with a girlfriend, and had run-ins with the law. He died in Monte Sereno, CA, on April 6, 2012. An autopsy fixed the cause of death as "acute intoxication" from alcohol and Valium.

In watching this film, I set aside what I knew about Kinkade, his life and his art. I don't know how close this film is to real events, but the opening credits say that the movie is inspired by true events. It takes place over one Christmas holiday season when Kinkade would have been 19 or 20 years old. Everything else aside, this film is a good story that stands on its own. Its Christmas setting makes it a good film for this genre. Indeed, the location around Placerville in California's gold country is ideal. I've been to Placerville, Plymouth, Sutter Creek, Ione, and Jackson. The seasonal climate in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains evokes a holiday atmosphere.

Others have described the plot, which is very good and original for a Christmas story. The screenplay, direction and camera work all are very good. The acting is excellent for the most part. Jared Padalecki is very good as Thomas "Thom" Kinkade. Marcia Gay Harden is superb in the role of his mother, Maryanne. Aaron Ashmore does very well as Thom's brother, Pat. The one role that seemed overly played, maybe even hammy, was that of Thom's father, Bill. Richard Burgi played the part. Kinkade's father may have had such a hammy personality, but it comes across in the movie as far too exaggerated.

A real plus for the film was getting Peter O'Toole to play Glen. This was a sizable part in the movie as Glen Wesman. It's based on Glenn Anthony Wessels who was an established painter, muralist, instructor and mentor of Kinkade. He lived out his remaining years in Placerville, dying at the age of 87 in 1982. Whether or not the real Glenn said some of the things that O'Toole does here, some lines are real gems.

In one scene, Glen says, "Don't reduce art to something that's about the artist. Art isn't about the artists. It's about life. Life … beauty … love … emotion. Art should bring emotion that can topple tyranny." Tom, "I had forgotten, Glen." Glen, "Art crosses all borders, surpasses all languages." Later, he says, "An image can change lives. You can introduce men to their souls." And, he admonishes Thom later, "Give your very best always."

I noted a couple of reviewers who thought O'Toole's performance wasn't very good. Because someone may not like a character, or how that character is portrayed, doesn't mean always that the actor didn't perform the role well. I think that must be the case with O'Toole in this role. Peter O'Toole surely didn't need the money – whatever amount he was paid for his role here. Nor did he need to keep acting. No, O'Toole took this part because he wanted it. He said so in an interview that came with the DVD of this film. On that basis, I would trust this great actor to give a performance that he thought befitting of the role, the character, and the time and place. I saw him as thoughtful, philosophic and funny. He was a man dealing with his diminishing abilities brought on by age with a sense of humor and perhaps reluctant acceptance of the inevitable. But never did his spirit wane or falter.

This is an interesting and entertaining film for the holidays. It's one the whole family should enjoy over Christmas. Older children from broken families may find a message of hope and peace for their lives, families and futures.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed