Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas (SIFF 2012)

Ira J. Finkelstein is a born-and-bred Jewish boy living with his parents in Hollywood whose greatest wish is to be allowed to celebrate Christmas. His workaholic parents send him off to his grandparents in Florida for the holidays, but Ira dreams of snow. When he meets Mikey, another unaccompanied minor, at the airport and learns he is traveling to see his cousins in Christmastown, WA, Ira quickly enacts a plan to send Mikey to Florida and take his place for a real family Christmas.

The cinematography was beautiful, and knowledge of the local scenery (Seattle & Leavenworth) always adds to my interest in a film. I also thought the story was well put together and flowed nicely – a little predictable, but what family Christmas movie isn’t? However, apart from the casting of Ira and the entertaining and over-the-top portrayal of the Florida Jewish community, the acting was painful to watch. I don’t think I can agree that this will become a family holiday classic, but it probably will be popular with families this holiday season.

Provided Film Synopsis
Local writer/director Sue Corcoran (Gory, Gory Hallelujah) creates a smart, subversive family comedy that follows one young Jewish boy’s quest to have the best first Christmas ever.

Movie Details

  • Directed By:

    • Sue Corcoran
  • Cast Members:

    • Angela DeMarco
    • Cynthia Geary
    • David DeLuise
    • Elijah Nelson
    • Elliott Gould
    • Justin Howell
    • Meg Savlov
  • Countries:

    • USA
  • Languages:

    • English
  • Genres:

    • Comedy
    • Coming of Age
    • Family Friendly