In the same sort of spirit as It’s a Wonderful Life that features the angel-in-training Clarence, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in A Christmas Carol, this story gives Howard the chance to confront this trio of beings, that personify mankind’s greatest hopes and worries. The experience also stretches the actors as they are forced to find words of wisdom beyond their own, especially when they discover it isn’t Howard alone who is grappling with these concerns.
Even though it is set in the holiday season, this overcoming-your-trails tale likely won’t be first choice on the list of festive activities. Featuring foul language (including a sexual expletive) along with mild sexual banter and mentions of infidelity, the greatest cause for apprehension from family audiences will undoubtedly be its themes of depression and heartache. However, the reminder to look for beauty even in the ugliest situations is a message worth celebrating.