'Unlikely Angel' [DVD + Digital]
(Dolly Parton, Roddy McDowall, Brian Kerwin, et al / DVD / NR / (1996) 2020 / Mill Creek Entertainment)
Overview: Country music legend Dolly Parton lends her sunny charm to this heartwarming film. When hard living barroom singer Ruby Diamond (Parton) dies in a car accident and meets St. Peter (Roddy McDowall) at the gates of heaven, the angel informs her that she must return to earth to perform a selfless deed in order to gain admittance.
Disguising herself as a nanny, Ruby soon edges her way into the joyless family life of workaholic widower Ben Bartilson (Brian Kerwin) and his children Sarah and Matthew, hoping to both heal the grief stricken family and earn her heavenly wings in time for Christmas.
DVD Verdict: Ruby (Dolly Parton) is a two-bit country music performer, making the rounds at the local watering holes. On a day near Christmas, she goes to the parking lot after her act and gets a surprise.
Her boyfriend is cheating on her in a "pickup" romantic tryst. Most unhappy, Ruby breaks off their relationship and gets behind the wheel of her own car. As can be expected, the singer is so upset that she doesn't pay attention to the road and crashes, fatally.
At the pearly gates, Peter (Roddy McDowall) tells her she can't have her wings just yet. In her former earthly life, it seems Ruby had too many misspent days and nights.
Now, the songstress must go back to earth as a nanny and help a widower, Ben (Brian Kerwin) and his family rediscover the joys of the holidays, after their loss. When Ruby gets to the house, she finds they need her desperately.
Ben has thrown himself into his work and neglects his two children. The teenage daughter is picking inappropriate friends and actions, in search of attention, and the elementary aged son spends way too much time playing video games alone in his room.
Slowly, Ruby works her magic. But, since her deadline, no pun intended, is December 25th, will Ruby earn her wings?
This is likely to be a film that the whole extended family can enjoy around the holidays. Parton is lovely, talented and funny while the rest of the cast compliments her well.
How nice to see McDowall and in a comedic role. The look, sound, and pace of the movie is also pleasing. Be a lesser angel to your own loved ones and find this one for them. You will not regret, it. You have my word. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.
'Unlikely Angel' [DVD + Digital] is out April 7th, 2020 via Mill Creek Entertainment.