"On the 9th day of Christmas, my TV gave to me...a real tearjerker."
Liftetime's The Christmas Hope. Hope is the third in a series of overly-sentimental tearjerkers based on novels written by one Donna Van Liere. It's my impression that she sees Nicholas Sparks's movies as happy-go-lucky fare. With Sparks you usually get one dying character. With Van Liere's, it seems as though you get three or four.
The series started with The Christmas Shoes, starring Rob Lowe. The second, The Christmas Blessing starred Neil Patrick Harris. The series ended with The Christmas Hope starring Madeline Stowe, pre-Revenge. My mother informed me that it took her three hankies to get through Hope. I love me a good tearjerker and even though I could predict the tears, I still succumbed.
Maybe I'm being mean. This one was good. I hadn't seen the prequels but I knew enough about how they linked to appreciate it. Stowe was great but she always is. The little girl could have been obnoxious but wasn't too bad. The writing, though predictable, was fine. So overall it was worth a watch.
So if you want a real cry-fest...watch all three. They will tear your heart out and sing some Christmas carols while stomping on it. You'll love it.