CHRISTMAS FOR A DOLLAR is about a poor country family that barely has enough to eat, but hopes for a wonderful Christmas. The Kemp family has had a hard year, losing their mother in the midst of the Great Depression in the 1930s. Each child has an important role. Verna takes care of the family. Warren wants a job at the local garage as a mechanic. Norman is crippled but longs to ride horses and fight cowboy battles. Finally, Ruthie always stands up for her family. When Papa Kemp brings home one dollar in coins for the family to share and buy gifts for each other, the children are thrilled. When conflict arises, the family may not get the Christmas they wanted.
CHRISTMAS FOR A DOLLAR has a strong Christian worldview filled with prayer and displaying a loving family. The movie has a few too many characters and meanders a bit but delivers a poignant, satisfying ending. Overall, CHRISTMAS FOR A DOLLAR shows a loving family fighting to stay together. The strong positive, uplifting message is what makes CHRISTMAS FOR A DOLLAR worthwhile family viewing.
(CC, BB, V, M) Strong Christian, moral worldview, putting family first, prayer, no foul language; brief violence of children pushing other children, horse gets wounded, blood shown; no sexual content; no nudity; no alcohol; no smoking nor drug use; and, child lies but it is revealed and rebuked.
A poor country family barely has enough to eat every day, but want to share for Christmas, in CHRISTMAS FOR A DOLLAR. CHRISTMAS FOR A DOLLAR is a heartwarming Christian movie with wonderful characters that meanders a little.
The Kamps have been trying to cope and survive, after their mother died. Each of the Kamp children have a different role in the family. Verna is the oldest and takes care of the family. In fact, Verna loves her family so much she has given up her dream of being a nurse, so she can stay home and help with the children. Verna’s friend has an interest in Verna’s younger brother, Warren. Warren wants to help Pa make more money for the family and really wants a job at the local garage as a mechanic, but Pa thinks the father should to be able to provide for the whole family. The youngest Kamp is Norman, who’s crippled but longs to ride horses and fight cowboy battles. Ruthie is the youngest Kamp girl. She has a bit of an attitude and is a tomboy, but always stands up for her family.
A new teacher comes to the Kamp’s hometown, Miss Mayfield. Unlike the last teacher, Miss Mayfield is very strict. She doesn’t like the fact the Kemp dog comes into the schoolhouse.
Miss Mayfield has a competition to see who can do the most kind deeds for Christmas. Each time a student does a kind deed, they can put a marble in a nice box, and whoever has the most gets to keep the box. Ruthie really wants to win the box and starts to do more and more kind things for people. The Kemps don’t have much for Christmas, but Pa puts down coins that make up one dollar for the whole family to split and get a gift for one other family member, so in the end everyone will have a gift
Conflict arises when Norman wants to care for his grumpy neighbor, Mrs. Rathbone’s horse. Mrs. Rathbone doesn’t want Norman around her horse, thinking it’s a liability. At the same time, Ruthie comes to Mrs. Rathbone to beg for Norman to be able to take care of the horse. Mrs. Rathbone sees something of herself in Ruthie. Will the Kemps be able to help each other and get gifts for Christmas?
CHRISTMAS FOR A DOLLARS is a heartwarming, character oriented Christian movie that meanders a bit. There’s not much conflict. There are also a few too many characters wanting too many things.
Overall, however, CHRISTMAS FOR A DOLLAR shows a loving family fighting to stay together, leading to a poignant ending. The strong positive, uplifting message is what makes CHRISTMAS FOR A DOLLAR worthwhile family viewing.
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