Christmas At Water's Edge
Review By: Lana K. Wilson-Combs

Year Released: 2004
Running Time: 87
Production Company: Image Entertainment
Directed by Lee Davis
Director of Photography: Jurgen Baum
Screenwriter: Cleveland O'Neal III
During the Christmas season, my television and DVR are working overtime. There are plenty of Christmas movies to watch that will put you in the Christmas spirit.

In addition to viewing several TV shows, I have a pretty extensive collection of holiday movies that I like to watch too since they often get overlooked among all the other animated and Christmas programs.audemars piguet replica watches

In addition to movies such as "The Preacher's Wife" (starring Denzel Washington and Whitney Houston and "The Kid Who Loved Christmas" with Vanessa Williams, Cicely Tyson, Della Reese, Michael Warren and the late Sammy Davis Jr.), my must-see Christmas movie every year, is "Christmas at Water's Edge."

Since it came out as a made for TV movie in 2004, it qualifies as an "Old School Video Pick," plus it's Christmas time and it meets the warm-hearted, corny and predictable criteria as well.

It's actually a fun, family oriented movie that depicts African-Americans in a positive light. So it scores big points right off the bat with me for that reason alone.

"Christmas at Water's Edge" is a contemporary, urban version of "Scrooge" and "A Christmas Carol." It also stars plenty of familiar faces. There's Tom Bosley ("Happy Days"), Earl Billings ("Antwone Fisher" and "TV's "Raising Hope"), Janet Hubert ("The Fresh Prince of Bel Air"), Ray J ("A Day in the Life"), Pooch Hall ("Jumping the Broom" and TV's "The Game"), Richard Lawson ("For Colored Girls") and of course the biggest star is Keisha Knight Pulliam who played little Rudy Huxtable on "The Cosby Show." She's definitely all grown up now and continues to make her mark in TV and even film.

In "Christmas at Water's Edge" Pulliam plays a young college student named Leila Turner who--thanks to an angel (Pooch Hall)—learns the true meaning of Christmas.

Leila comes from an upper, middle class family. Her business minded parent's (Janet Hubert and Richard Lawson) hectic work schedules don't always allow them to spend as much time with their kids as they'd like. Still, Leila, who attends college, and her younger brother Alberto (Ray J) aren't wanting for too much in life.

In fact, Leila, when she's not hitting the college books, knows her way around a few shopping malls and enjoys splurging on designer gear. At least she's going to college. Alberto was supposed to go to Harvard Business School, but feels his real calling is to become a musician.

During the holidays, Leila's parents make it a point to donate clothes and other items to their local shelter. And for the first time Leila has been asked to volunteer for at the shelter. Leila could think of a million other places she'd rather be other than a shelter, but she receives a bit of divine inspiration from an unlikely angel in disguise named Tre (Pooch Hall). His mission is to show Leila what Christmas is all about.

Part of her volunteering duties includes organizing a choir with members and visitors from the shelter who will perform for the town's Christmas show. But Leila discovers her father is planning to shut down the shelter to make room for one of his real estate ventures.

Sensing their disappointment that the shelter is about to be demolished, Leila postpones her Christmas plans which included visiting with her other rich friends. She decides instead to help the kids out with hopes of convincing her father and family that some things are worth more than money.

If you're looking for a truly inspiring, profanity free, family holiday movie to enjoy, "Christmas at Water's Edge" will definitely get you in the Christmas spirit.
(Highly Recommended)