This film picks up not too long after Bennett's Song left off,
telling the futher adventures of the Bennett-Song patchwork family: Pearl
(Calhoun Koenig) and her band have just returned from their first tour
when Stefani (Angelina Danielle Cama), her best friend and saxophone
player, tells her she wants to leave the band - which leaves Pearl
heartbroken as Stefani was her perfect sounding board and it was their
understanding that they're in this together for the long haul ... but it
seems that Stefani's boyfriend Robert (Kyle Patrick) doesn't have the
right influence on her. On the plus side, Pearl meets teen sensation Logan
French (Bryce Xavier), and he takes an interest in her, and not only
professionally, and the feeling's mutual.
On a more dramatic note,
Adam's (James Caverly) community center, where he does much work for
special needs children, is to be forced out of the building if they don't
manage to come up with all of next year's rent until Christmas as evil
realtor Aiden Neville (Corbin Bernsen) wants to gentrify the whole
neighbourhood. So to save the community center, the whole Bennet-Song
family comes together to make up a plan, which involves a big Christmas
concert with Pearl headlining - especially if they can get Logan French to
also perform, this should sell out in no time. But some of Pearl's
siblings come up with an alternative plan that involves playing an A
Christmas Story like prank on Aiden's softer-hearted brother Paul
Loosely connected to all of this, pregnant Susan Song
(Aphrodite Nikolovski), one of the cornerstones of the family, thinks her
husband Cole Bennett (Harley Wallen) is cheating on her, and thinks she
has proof even, without knowing the whole picture ...
Bennett Song Holiday is basically a very sweet film for the whole
family, but not one that sugarcoats things but does pick up social issues
and delivers nice messages about inclusion, working with special needs
children, the importance of the arts and the like, all while tell a
handful of parallel stories in a way that balances drama with comedy, and
finds an agreeable outcome for all of them, just in time for the holidays.
But what makes the movie is that it isn't dumbed down just to capture the
whole family, but tackles its issues in a realistic and grown up way -
which will actually probably sound very agreeable with younger audiences.
Still, better pack a few tissues just in case, there are a few tearjerking
moments - and as much ought to be expected from any Christmas movie.