This movie brings a more up to date view of dealing with the tragedy of war and the effect it has on families during the holiday season and allowing the healing process to penetrate. It only takes one to start a fire that can spread and in this film, George's willingness to let go of the past and move on, causes miracles to happen. Although it's imaginary to believe his son could come back, it's still a great story line as well as heart warming!
This movie was not a Christian movie nor a family movie. It dealt with some tough issues, ie breast cancer and death of a family member. However, it included multiple things I felt were not appropriate, such as: the young woman who had breast cancer was shown taking off her shirt and we see her in her bra; it was mentioned that her boyfriend "found the lump" (they are now separated); the dead son "returns" to help the family "heal" as another soldier -- At one point he tells the daughter - who is about to take a pill for the pain she feels after the biopsy on her breast - to close her eyes and take a deep breath and then think of something that would give you the most pleasure. During this time he rubs his hands down her shoulders and arms and thus 'healing' her). I would not recommend this movie at all. In fact, I threw it out. I would have rated it as a "0" if I could have.
Excellent movie. Shows how we can let our emotions keep us from doing the right thing. It is easy to forget God in the midst of troubles, but that's when we need to lean on him the most. Very moving story.