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- Director: Jefferson Moore
- Producer: Kelly Worthington Moore
- Languages: English
- Run Time: 86 Minutes
- Closed Captioning: Yes
- Region Code: 1 See More
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The Perfect Gift
What if you were the only person not invited to your own birthday party? Imagine if the whole world was gearing up for the biggest birthday bash in the history of ever, except they made sure especially not to invite you. It seems the world is so wrapped up in all the Christmas wrappings—and themselves—that they have forgotten to mail of Jesus’ invitation. So he decides to show up uninvited and unannounced. The question is, how will the world respond? From the creators of The Perfect Stranger and Another Perfect Stranger comes a Christmas film about remembering what Christmas really is—The Perfect Gift. Starring Christina Dawn Fougnie (Clancy), Amy Hess (Summer Snow and The Easter Experience), Matt Wallace, Tom Luce, and Jefferson Moore (Clancy).
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Maxine Noelle Westray (played by Christina Dawn Fougnie) has had everything go perfectly in her life. She is beautiful and she is wealthy. The only thing that seems to have gone wrong in her short life is the fact that she was born on Christmas. That’s right, only one day of the year to get gifts. And gifts is about all the spoiled, bratty little girl thinks about around December 25th. Not just any gifts, either. The biggest, best, most expensive, most lavish gifts that money can afford. Her poor, overworked mother Stacy (played by Amy Hess) is actually struggling to keep up with her daughter’s ever growing demands. In fact, she can barely afford the “suitable” gifts that her spoiled daughter demands. The Westray’s are not the only ones disillusioned with Christmas in the film The Perfect Gift. Even the young minister named Tony (played by Matt Wallace) is beginning to have his doubts about how much Jesus should be involved in the “holiday season.” Especially after two men show up in his office instructing him to take down the nativity scene on the church lawn. Things are not looking very bright for the “birthday party” in this town. That is when a friendly, but mysterious, drifter named Jess (played by Jefferson Moore) moves into town. No one knows where the mysterious man in the film The Perfect Gift came from. All they know about him are the things they have experienced—he is kind, he is pleasant, he knows an awful lot about an awful lot of things, he looks a lot like Jesus, and he has volunteered to build Tony a manger for the church lawn.
What is more surprising than himself, however, is the lessons the mysterious drifter seems to spread around him. What happens when a spoiled brat, an overworked mother, and a disillusioned minister meet a man who seems to embody the true meaning of Christmas? Will they learn that sometimes the best gifts do not come in wrapping. And will Jesus finally be invited to his own birthday party?
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As if remembering who’s birthday we actually celebrate on Christmas (hint: no it is not Maxine Noelle Westray’s) is not enough of a reminder in itself, the film The Perfect Gift is jam packed with other valuable reminders viewers of all ages can learn from. The first wonderful reminder in the film The Perfect Gift is that celebrating Jesus is not a once a year event. It is not a one time party on December 25th, but a celebration that should carry throughout the whole year, and throughout all of our lives. The next valuable reminder in the film The Perfect Gift is that the best gift, the biggest gift, and the most expensive gift was the gift of God’s love. It is the best gift because it means we can be with him for eternity. It was the biggest gift because it literally took hundreds of years to arrive, and kind of changed history forever. And it was the most expensive gift because it cost not a few dollars, but the very life of God’s own son, Jesus. The film The Perfect Gift also reminds indviduals that Christmas is not a time for buying gifts, setting up mangers, and rushing around. It is a time for kindness, for love. For taking time to be with the people God has placed in your life, and to be grateful for the biggest, best, most expensive gift he could have ever given us.
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When a spoiled girl, an exhausted mother, and a disillusioned minister come face to face with a kindhearted drifter named Jess, they do not expect their lives to change. Yet change they do, as Jess teaches them lessons about sacrifice, kindness, remembering, and gratitude. By far the biggest lesson the characters and viewers of the film The Perfect Gift learn, however, is that the real reason for the Christmas season is because God picked out the best gift he could have ever given. He gave a gift of sacrifice, of kindness, and of love. He gave the ultimate Perfect Gift. God gave the perfect gift when he gave us his son Jesus Christ.
The Perfect Gift has not been rated by the Motion Picture Association of America and may include topics and issues not suitable for younger viewers. This film received the “Faith Friendly” award for all ages from the Dove Foundation. As always, it is recommended that parents preview all content to determine what is suitable for their children, but the film The Perfect Gift is generally considered appropriate for most audiences.
If you enjoyed the film The Perfect Gift you may enjoy some of the films from the same producers. The Perfect Stranger, when Nikki gets to spend one dinner with Jesus she finds herself in a debate with the most unforgettable man she would ever meet. Another Perfect Stranger ten years after Nikki’s unforgettable dinner with Jesus her daughter is facing some doubts of her own. Can Nikki convince her of the truth she learned that night many years ago? The Stranger Series a seven episode mini-series of modern day encounters with the Son of God.