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    Hallmark is known for showing excellent movies. This one in particular was very good. I would think that it's about family and finding a place where you belong. Sally is this beautiful and bright girl who hides behind dark makeup and dark clothes because of the disappointment of being rejected four times as a foster child. Jaclyn Smith plays the character, Kay, who is a Judge and takes Sally in and finds the courage to bring her into her life. She encounters the swift announcement of her ex-husband getting remarried and is dealing with a straining relationship with her father due to a request that could have jeopardized her career all the while trying to handle this troubled young girl who only longs to belong. The bond between them slowly grows and is challenged when Kay finally locates Sally's father, a landscaper, and employs him for a task in her home without revealing to Sally who he really is. Once she finds out, she runs away with her loser boyfriend where they plan to run off to San Francisco but things don't turn out the way it was planned and Sally finds herself, once again, in a flustered situation.

    The movie unfolds at a steady pace. It's a nice movie to sit down and watch without having to be disturbed by violence, blood and guts and other action-related, adrenaline-flowing motives of that sort. It's a really good family movie with a good story line and fine acting.
  • bkoganbing6 April 2013
    Back when I was younger I knew a street kid who told me once if not a hundred times that all he ever wanted in life was a family. He and his sister were taken away as toddlers by the state who declared the parents unfit. He died at the age of 26 so the state did a remarkable job at raising him, he died of AIDS.

    I'd like to think that somewhere somehow that there was a father like C. Thomas Howell who grieved for his absence or a ghost mother like Sarah Aldrich who materialized at a critical moment in Lyndsy Fonseca's life. Most of all I'd like to think that judge like Jaclyn Smith came into his life as she did in Fonseca's life in Ordinary Miracles. That never happened though.

    Both Smith and Fonseca are having a lot of family issues. Smith is such a hardnosed judge that she nearly reported her old man who was a lawyer for asking an out of channels favor. But she takes a personal interest in Fonseca's situation and what happens is nothing less than your garden variety Ordinary Miracle.

    This is a nice well done film shot on location in San Diego with some sincere performances all around. Good Hallmark production.
  • Recently broadcast for the first time on British TV, I was rather pleased with this film which simply details the trials and tribulations of growing up without stability in a family home. When Judge Kay Woodbury takes in troubled 16-year-old Sally Powell, they get off to a bad start, but gradually start to respect one another....

    Young actress Lyndsy Fonseca is very convincing as Sally, an understandably angry (and also sad) teenager who finds it difficult to fit in. Jaclyn Smith also makes light of her role as caring Judge Woodbury, who apart for upholding the law, is a woman who leads a solitary existence....

    Ordinary Miracles is not a unique story in any way, but the taut direction and beautiful settings make it more than just a typical television film. The attention to detail is immense, and viewers can certainly imagine the emotions of the characters. Great interaction between Jaclyn and C. Thomas Howell too, who portrays a seemingly ordinary man who must face up to his past. It was a pleasure to watch them together, and Jaclyn has certainly kept her beauty - hard to believe she was pushing 60 at the time!

    This is a fine film and certainly one of Jaclyn's best TVMs in recent years (indeed, her first tele-movie since 2000's Navigating the Heart), even if the ending is pretty predictable. A good effort from all concerned.
  • greenleaf2-14 June 2005
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    This was actually very good. Didn't get to see the ENTIRE thing, but it was quite a good movie. The actors and actresses were very convincing. The moral of the story is basically believing in angels, and also explains the consequences of wrongful actions. It tells the story of a tough rebel named Sally, who at the beginning of the movie had trouble adjusting to her new foster mother, but as the movie goes along, she begins to understand that her foster mother loves her, and she begins to loosen up. I thought this was quite a good film, I do recommend it. This comes on on the Hallmark channel every now and then, if you have cable.
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    Ordinary Miracles is a TV movie on Hallmark Channel that features Jaclyn Smith,Lyndsy Fonseca and C. Thomas Howell together with Sarah Aldrich,Corbin Bernsen and Erik Eidem.The film was about a troubled teen that is scooped up by a tough San Diego judge whose conscience causes her to bring the girl home with her to live when together they face tons of insecurities and personal problems to forge a special bond in this tale of survival, love and family.It was directed by Michael Switzer.

    Kay Woodbury is a tough, no-nonsense judge whose intractability in legal matters is intensified by a number of personal crises, including a bitter feud with her jurist father and her anguish over the recent remarriage of her ex-husband. Thus, Kay is no mood to play nice when teenager Sally Powell is brought before her. Harboring an intense hatred for the father who apparently abandoned her, Sally is a seemingly incorrigible delinquent who has already sent away from four foster homes. Figuring that she could no worse than anyone else, Kay takes Sally home on a trial basis. The girl proceeds to behave as atrociously as possible, but surprisingly Kay does not decide to write her off as a bad job, but instead concludes that what the girl needs is someone to trust and something to believe in. In this spirit, Kay locates Sally's birth father and upon being convinced that he was not motivated by selfishness when he dropped out of his daughter's life, secretly contrives for Sally and her dad to reconnect.In so doing, Kay finds her own way toward forgiveness, not only of those whom she feels have wronged her, but also of herself.

    This TV movie is an entertaining character study between two people who learn from each other.In this case,it is a judge and a juvenile delinquent.It is a good drama and well-acted one especially with Jaclyn Smith playing Judge Kay Woodbury. Don't miss it on DVD whenever you get an opportunity to rent it.
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    The Conservatives must have had a field day in bashing this movie where a liberal judge takes home a foster girl who just about everyone has given up on.

    The story is the relationship that develops between both of these people, while the girl's miserable boyfriend encourages her to steal jewelry from the judge so that they can both flee and rid themselves of foster homes permanently.

    If this isn't enough, the judge, played admirably by Jaclyn Smith, finds the father, a widower, who couldn't cope following the tragic death of his wife when Sally was 3. The judge makes believe that she wants him services for landscaping before she tells him the truth.

    Even with this obvious liberal bias, this film was extremely well done. The performances are first rate,notably Jaclyn Smith and Lyn Fonseca as the troubled child she takes in.

    I guess that the judge saw the Spencer Tracy-Mickey Rooney 1938 classic-Boys Town. Remember, there is no such thing as a bad boy. Everyone has redeeming qualities.
  • Kay Woodbury (Jaclyn Smith) is a no nonsense workaholic San Diego judge. Troubled foster kid Sally Powell (Lyndsy Fonseca) comes before her court. Her foster parents terminate foster care. With nowhere to go, Kay sends her to juvenile corrections facility. Kay's ex-husband David Woodbury (Corbin Bernsen) is getting remarried. She's estranged from her father over a case she presided over. Case worker Miranda (Sarah Aldrich) pleads for Sally. Kay decides to be her temporary guardian while she's on her yearly three weeks recess. Sally is having nightmares and Kay asks her neighbor psychiatrist Dr. Michael Katsu for help. Sally steals Kay's jewelry and plans to runaway with her boyfriend Pete Smalling to San Francisco. It's not enough and he tells her to steal more. Kay discovers the identity of Sally's father James Powell (C. Thomas Howell) and hires him for landscaping.

    This is a Hallmark movie. The story is pretty much lots of personal melodrama. The production is mostly TV movie level. The most compelling aspect in this is Jaclyn Smith. It's always nice to see this TV legend. She has aged very well. There's a younger Lyndsy Fonseca doing a good job as the moody troubled teen. This is basically what you expect from a Hallmark TV movie and nothing more than that.
  • ana-anastasijevic22 August 2019
    Is it really possible that someone, anyone, can find this movie ok? I don't understand why people are filming such a worthless trash. It is so prosaic and not real that I can't believe that someone is payed to have that kind of job. It is such a terrible, unrealistic cliche that I am amazed!
  • Jackbv12319 October 2020
    This is a movie about family issues and not a romance. A San Diego judge, Kay, is forced by an overcrowded and overworked system to send a foster child, Sally, to juvenile detention instead of a foster home. The teenage girl has problems with authority and her boyfriend is a bad influence, but Kay realizes that she doesn't merit juvie and after some pressure decides to foster the girl herself temporarily. Kay is not one to leave almost-ok alone and starts digging into Sally's background and even does a little more than dig.

    The movie is about pretty mild confrontations between Kay and Sally and where all these things lead. Sally has been known to steal from the home she's in, and quickly repeats that behavior. The movie, mostly in the person of Kay, is very generous in excusing Sally's behavior because she lost her mom early and her dad gave her up. On the one hand there is a well played exchange where Sally is hung over and Kay's response is that said hangover is an appropriate consequence and she hopes Sally learns from it. No lecturing. But Kay is also pretty soft of Sally's involvement in outright thefts. She literally says "It's OK" after one such episode that even got a little wild. Interestingly, Sally is the one who acknowledges that it's not OK.

    There's a nice subplot with Kay's father where Kay's behavior is a little hypocritical considering the hurt Sally experiences when unfairly judged.

    While the ending is predictable in a general sense, it was also nice to see that it didn't tie up every little loose end HEA as is so often the case in this kind of movie.