Nancy McKeon (Lifetime's Division) stars as Jane Berry, a Manhattan advertising executive, in this made-for-cable twist on It's a Wonderful Life. Jane has a sleek sports car and a fabulous view of the city, but free time is in short supply. She also has a boyfriend, but the equally career-driven Richard isn't the "settling down" type. Her divorced mother, Frederica (Designing Women's Dixie Carter), likes to give her a hard time, while her bookstore manager father, George (The Practice's Paul Dooley), worries she works too hard. When Jane gets into a car accident on Christmas Eve, she wakes to find that she's become a stay-at-home Connecticut mom with a loving husband, Sam (Colin Firth look-alike Steven Eckholdt), and two kids. Jane explains that they have her confused with someone else, but it's actually 10 years into the future. With no way to return to the past, she goes with the flow, which means cooking, ice-skating, and feeding the homeless. Turns out she likes Sam, though she doesn't like it when Frederica accuses her of acting like "the old Jane." When Sam says he loves the old Jane as much as the new one, she knows she'll be fine no matter what happens next. Best known for independent features, like The Ballad of Little Jo, director Maggie Greenwald transitions to the small screen with relative ease, and McKeon and Eckholdt make for a charming couple. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Comfort and Joy (2003)

Romance/Comedy

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Nancy McKeon (Lifetime's Division) stars as Jane Berry, a Manhattan advertising executive, in this made-for-cable twist on It's a Wonderful Life. Jane has a sleek sports car and a fabulous view of the city, but free time is in short supply. She also has a boyfriend, but the equally career-driven Richard isn't the "settling down" type. Her divorced mother, Frederica (Designing Women's Dixie Carter), likes to give her a hard time, while her bookstore manager father, George (The Practice's Paul Dooley), worries she works too hard. When Jane gets into a car accident on Christmas Eve, she wakes to find that she's become a stay-at-home Connecticut mom with a loving husband, Sam (Colin Firth look-alike Steven Eckholdt), and two kids. Jane explains that they have her confused with someone else, but it's actually 10 years into the future. With no way to return to the past, she goes with the flow, which means cooking, ice-skating, and feeding the homeless. Turns out she likes Sam, though she doesn't like it when Frederica accuses her of acting like "the old Jane." When Sam says he loves the old Jane as much as the new one, she knows she'll be fine no matter what happens next. Best known for independent features, like The Ballad of Little Jo, director Maggie Greenwald transitions to the small screen with relative ease, and McKeon and Eckholdt make for a charming couple. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Cast
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Nancy McKeon

Jane Berry
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Steven Eckholdt

Sam
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Paul Dooley

George
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Andrew Chalmers

Troy Keller
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Jordy Benattar

Heather Keller
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Maria Herrera

Alison Phillips
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Dixie Carter

Frederica
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Sandi Ross

Dr. Frances Atkinson
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Lindsay Leese

Renee Becker
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Myriam Sirois

Jessica
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Grant Nickalls

Richard Devries
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Jim Feather

Nate
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Dwight Ireland

Albert
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Smok-ee Allen

Alicia Phillips
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A.J. Saudin

Derek Phillips
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Robert McCarrol

Donnie
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Chantele Francis

Female Volunteer
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Paul A. MacFarlane

Male Volunteer
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Jonathan Miller

Man in Apartment
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Sal Figliomeni

Phil
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Jee-Yun Lee

Weatherperson
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Kelsey Matheson

Pretty Blonde
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José Arias

Wally
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Deborah Tennant

Singer #1
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Mark Cassius

Singer, #2
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Jeannie Wyse

Singer #3
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Robert Longo

Singer #4
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Jade Tsuruda

Pretty Girl #1
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Caroline Tsuruda

Pretty Girl #2
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Clive McLean

Adam Gorse (uncredited)
Crew
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Maggie Greenwald

Director
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Judd Parkin

Writer
Disc Releases
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Comfort and Joy

(DVD)

Disc Title Front Cover

Comfort and Joy

(DVD)

11/2/2004

$23.49 -$6.50 (22%)

Disc Title Front Cover

Comfort And Joy

(DVD)

10/26/2010

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