If You Believe
Book editor Susan (Ally Walker), in every sense of the word a “Scrooge,” is estranged from her family and is on the verge of being fired from her job. One day, after accidentally bumping her head, her sprightly “inner-child,” Suzie (Hayden Panettiere), the incarnation of Susan herself at age seven, appears determined to remind Susan of all the dreams, hopes and desires she had as a child. Suzie helps Susan re-ignite her passion for life and work and, in the process, Susan rediscovers the magic of love. As she begins to open her heart, she allows herself to fall in love and reunite with those who ultimately mean the most to her. airs Monday, 12/6/99 On Lifetime at 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT.
A time filler, “If You Believe” has little outstanding to recommend. The lead is so unlikable; you begin not to care about her. Although the story is set during the holidays, the producers have been careful to leave any mention of Christ’s birth out of the script. Even the Christmas songs throughout are devoid of any mention of the Savior’s birth, with the occasional traditional carol being an instrumental recording.