Christmas is supposed to be a season of love, warm feelings, and happy hearts. But with the childrens constant bickering, pretty packages and a sweet-smelling tree dont come close to filling the McDonald home with the true spirit of the first Christmas. Then Mom remembers an old tradition of building a soft bed for Baby Jesus one straw at a time. Each time someone secretly does something nice for another family member, he or she gets to add a single straw to the manger. Soon the childrens quarreling and negative feelings subside and the homemade crib is overflowing. But for one family member, a required act of kindness becomes more than he can take. The Last Straw is a true story.
While up north last week I had the chance to attend the screening for The Last Straw. This is an inspirational family friendly Christmas movie that will have a limited run in theaters in a couple weeks and be released to DVD in the middle of November.
The Christmas tradition of building a bed for Baby Jesus by adding piece of straw to a manager each time an act of kindness is done is something I am sure many people have heard of. This is a movie based on that tradition. If you enjoy feel good family films then you will want to see this one. It has a great message and it has to be nearly impossible to do anything but feel good after watching it.
Overall this movie was well acted. There were a few scenes where the acting seemed a little rough but for the most part it was genuine. This is a lower budget independent film but there were a couple well known cast members including Corbin Bernsen (Psych, L.A. Law) who gave a fabulous performance as Mr. G.
Following the movie the cast and crew came up on stage for a Q&A. The kids stole the show as we got to see one of them do his back flip from the movie and another so adorably cute as she answered our questions. I admired the director’s comments on making a wholesome family movie worth watching. There is so much garbage out there it is nice to have an inspirational movie that I can get behind to support.
Rating: 4.5 Stars – Highly recommend to those who enjoy family friendly feel good movies
Content: Clean and appropriate for all
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