Cross-cutting between two tales of dysfunctional grandfather-grandson relationships, A CHRISTMAS REUNION is an ambitious piece of yuletide sentimentality. But so much effort is expended in unfolding the plot-heavy flashback sequences that this would-be holiday classic crumbles under the
weight of its overstuffed aspirations.
Orphaned Jimmy (Gweryd Gwyndaf) is teased by his classmates and neglected by his taskmaster grandfather (Edward Woodward). Jimmy runs away and meets an Irish Santa Claus (James Coburn) who regales him with a story of events that unfolded 50 years earlier, but which have curious parallels to the
child's predicament. Widowed Sarah Boswell (...