Dolly Parton Celebrates Christ in Christmas Specials

Dolly Parton Celebrates Christ in Christmas Specials

By Movieguide® Staff

Country music icon Dolly Parton starred in and wrote music for the uplifting, family-friendly musical, DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE.

Last year, Movieguide® awarded Parton with the Movieguide® Grace Prize for her role as the Angel.

“Sam Haskell and I, we’d often talked through the years when we were doing movies like CHRISTMAS OF MANY COLORS: CIRCLE OF LOVE, we thought wouldn’t it be great to have
a true Christmas musical,” she told Movieguide®. “Sam had the idea of this Christmas On The Square, he was going to write a book about it. I said, ‘why don’t we make it a movie and make it a musical?’”

“We were excited about having a wonderful Christmas movie and especially musical because I love Christmas and I just wanted something of my own that might last through time and hopefully this will,” she added.

A portion of Movieguide®’s review reads:

DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE is an entertaining musical on Netflix. Dolly Parton plays an angel who tries to get a hard-hearted real estate woman to change. The woman, named Regina, is trying to evict everyone in a small town so she sell it to a developer who wants to build America’s largest mall. The pastor organizes the townspeople to fight Regina. Surprises occur, and everyone ends up at the church on Christmas Eve.

DOLLY PARTON’S CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE is a delightful Christmas movie. The movie’s last half is very emotional and will bring tears and joy to many viewers. Much of the music is fun. Some of it, however, gets in the way of the dialogue, but the dancing is good. The good news is that God intervenes, the Bible is prominent, Christian allusions abound, and the church is the center of the story, although the angels become the instrument of change, as they do in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children because of some light foul language, alcohol use and sexual dancers in a musical number.

Despite her success in the entertainment industry, Parton said that she remains thankful to God for the opportunity she has in life.

“You never take that for granted,” she said. “I never have. I’ve always been so honored, I don’t work for awards. It’s a reward enough just to do good work and to be able to work with good people.

“The money’s good, you want to make money, you need the money and you hope to be recognized for good work that you’ve done but it makes you feel really proud to know that you’ve done something good enough… that you should win an award or some kind of acknowledgement for the hard work that’s been done,” she added. “I’m always appreciative.”

Parton is not shy about her faith, and often gives the glory to God for her achievements.

“That’s been a big part of my whole life,” Parton said of faith. “My grandpa was a preacher, my mother was very spiritual so I grew up very spiritual and I’m very spiritual myself. I really have a lot of faith. I thank God every day for everything good that happens to me and I pray for guidance and all that, so when I do get recognized for things like this it just makes me think, ‘Well praise the Lord, you can have it, it’s yours.’”