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GIFT FOR ALL AGES, A

What to know: A charming new Christmas story with a throwback to Hollywood's Golden Age.
GIFT FOR ALL AGES, A is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 8-18
36 minutes
VIDEO
RUSSELL WEBB & WLICIA WSZELAKI
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A Gift For All Ages is an animated film that gives us a charming new Christmas story with a throwback to the Golden Age of Hollywood. It is a bit repetitive and doesn't really have an ending. But, otherwise, it is great fun, celebrates Christmas, and is a happy film to watch.

The film follows a normal day with a frustrated author and his wife. He can't seem to find anything to write about. They are goofing around and drop a trash can from the balcony which hits someone on the head and takes the story on an usual twist as the old man comes into their lives.

Charming, simply charming. I love the storyline of this film. Who is that old man? What is he up to? Who is that chef? The film, written and directed by seasoned professionals Russell Webb and Alicia Wszelaki, is very nicely shot in black and white using 1930's type cinematography. The camera work reminds you of watching a vintage film. The acting is rather vintage as well. Our hats off to Joey Heyworth who plays Clark, Caitlin Duffy who plays Catherine, Dylan Write as Henry and Russ Webb who plays Nick, plus a bow to Teddy the dog. The production design definitely suits the period - from the interiors to the costumes and props. What I like best about this film is how almost everything happens in one room. It's crazy how that one room works for most of the entire film. The three key characters are all well developed and keep things lively. The old man never ceases to surprise us and the couple are just clueless about who he really is. My favorite part is the ending, when the twist is revealed.

The message is that everyone deserves a chance and you should not judge a book by its cover.

I give A Gift For All Ages 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Miguel C. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

A Gift For All Ages is an animated film that gives us a charming new Christmas story with a throwback to the Golden Age of Hollywood. It is a bit repetitive and doesn't really have an ending. But, otherwise, it is great fun, celebrates Christmas, and is a happy film to watch.

The film follows a normal day with a frustrated author and his wife. He can't seem to find anything to write about. They are goofing around and drop a trash can from the balcony which hits someone on the head and takes the story on an usual twist as the old man comes into their lives.

Charming, simply charming. I love the storyline of this film. Who is that old man? What is he up to? Who is that chef? The film, written and directed by seasoned professionals Russell Webb and Alicia Wszelaki, is very nicely shot in black and white using 1930's type cinematography. The camera work reminds you of watching a vintage film. The acting is rather vintage as well. Our hats off to Joey Heyworth who plays Clark, Caitlin Duffy who plays Catherine, Dylan Write as Henry and Russ Webb who plays Nick, plus a bow to Teddy the dog. The production design definitely suits the period - from the interiors to the costumes and props. What I like best about this film is how almost everything happens in one room. It's crazy how that one room works for most of the entire film. The three key characters are all well developed and keep things lively. The old man never ceases to surprise us and the couple are just clueless about who he really is. My favorite part is the ending, when the twist is revealed.

The message is that everyone deserves a chance and you should not judge a book by its cover.

I give A Gift For All Ages 3.5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 8 to 18, plus adults. By Miguel C. and Julie S., KIDS FIRST!

A brand new "Golden Age of Hollywood" classic film about life, love, and, Christmas! When a cheerful stranger invades the home of a frustrated author and his wife. The odd fellow proves to be more than an inspiration, he emboldens a timeless gift for generations.
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