That said, I want to talk about one of my favorite Christmas movies: The Family Man (2000), starring Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni.
Nicolas is Jack Campbell, a self-centered, money-hungry, Wall Street tycoon, who finds out what his life would have been like if he'd chosen "love." An angel (Don Cheadle) gives him a glimpse of his life in an alternate universe if he had married the love of his life (Tea Leoni). To Jack's dismay, he discovers that he would be a "family man," with a wife, two kids and a dog. Goodbye, Wall Street. He now works at his father-in-law's tire store in New Jersey.
When all is said and done, Jack finds true love and gets his priorities in order. Merry Christmas!
Excellent performances by Nicolas and Tea, as well as the delightful Jeremy Piven as Jack's best friend and Don Cheadle as the angel who gets the ball rolling. The cuteness factor is evident with Makenzie Vega as Jack's daughter, Annie. She's the only one who knows that Jack is not her real dad.
I love this scene:
ANNIE: Do you like kids?
JACK: On a case-by-case basis.
ANNIE: Do you know how to make chocolate milk?
JACK: I think I could figure it out.
ANNIE: Promise you won't kidnap me and my brother and plant stuff in our brains?
ANNIE: Welcome to earth.
I enjoy magical stories like The Family Man. Something supernatural happens to get your attention and, ironically, brings you back to "reality."