12 Christmas Wishes for My Dog

DVD Release: November 27, 2012
12 Christmas Wishes for My Dog


Willing to try anything to transform her life, Laura follows her best friend’s suggestion and sets up a session with a life coach named Noel. Noel’s approach is simple, she asks Laura to go home, log onto her website, and type in her 12 wishes for positive change in both her personal and professional life.

Convinced she’s been had, Laura leaves with a skeptical opinion of Noel. Still, with nothing to lose she decides to give it a try. One by one, Laura’s small, trivial wishes start coming true; she doesn’t have to use glasses anymore, she wins a car at work, and her neighbor stops making noise. As the wishes pile up, Laura starts to wonder, “Could Noel have been telling the truth?” She runs down to Noel’s office to find out, but there’s no one there.

Laura realizes that Noel isn’t a life coach at all, but a Christmas Angel sent from God. Using the final three wishes, she sets out to repair the damage her selfish wishes caused. Sure enough, on Christmas Eve, she recognizes that it is not what she gets, but what she gives that make her complete and this understanding bring order back to her chaos.

Dove Review

This is a modern tale with an old fashioned feel to it. This family film offers up a bit of romance, fantasy, and real-world difficulties which need to be overcome. Ultimately, it is about the priorities of life and romantic love and is worth viewing for these nice themes that are featured.

Laura is a woman who knows what she wants. She wants her boyfriend to propose to her and she wants to move ahead at her job. Soon she is tested with life’s disappointments when her boyfriend does not come through with a proposal and she is fired from her job. She seeks out a life coach who assures her she does not practice “New Age” but “Old Age” principles. The Life Coach, named Noel (and she loves Christmas), grants Laura 12 wishes. The Life Coach later admits to Laura she is an angel who works for one who deals with the heart. She tells Laura to start small and to make sure and read the terms and agreements of the contract. Laura soon receives flowers from her boyfriend, which was her first wish, and she then jumps into the rest of her wish list.

Laura finds out that there is more to appearances than she realized when she learns what a woman who fired her is going through. We are recommending this one for all ages while realizing that due to the romance and life problems featured that it may not keep the very young’s interest. But this is a movie which will have you rooting for the principle characters and we are pleased to award it our Dove “Family-Approved’ Seal.

Content Description

Faith: None
Violence: A character is sucker punched.
Sex: Kissing by a couple; a boyfriend cheats on a woman but she finds a new love.
Language: Witch-1; Butt-1; Crap-1
Violence: A character is sucker punched.
Drugs: Wine with meal; drinking; a woman mentions her daughter's medicine.
Nudity: Cleavage.
Other: Woman lies about keeping a dog in her apartment; a few lies are told and an idea stolen; adult and sophisticated themes; a woman, the life coach, is an angel and says her boss deals with the heart.


Company: Lionsgate
Director: Peter Sullivan
Producer: Hybrid LLC
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 87 min.
Industry Rating: G
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter