The Naughty List
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Naughty List is a 2013 movie that, while on the whole is cute and fun for the whole family, does have occasional moments of questionable bathroom humor. Characters audibly pass gas, and characters are shown leaving a bathroom as green fumes trail behind them. Despite these moments, on the whole the movie playfully teaches lessons on the importance of good behavior -- during and beyond the Christmas season. The consequences of bad behavior are shown, as well as the positive outcomes of characters learning from their mistakes.
What's the story?
Winter (Sean Astin) and Snowflake (Drake Bell) are two mischievous young elf brothers who are constantly goofing off and getting into trouble. After accidentally rolling a giant snowball into and destroying the North Pole's official Christmas tree, the two are placed by Santa on the Naughty List. Along with a rebellious young reindeer named Sparkle (Naya Rivera), Winter and Snowflake are made to do difficult and mundane tasks like cleaning the assembly line and breaking pieces of coal with hammers. While they worry about finding a way off the Naughty List, they continue to mess up every task they are given, culminating in working in the kitchen and giving everyone in the North Pole -- including Santa -- food poisoning hours before it's time to deliver the presents to all the good boys and girls. After this calamity, it's up to Winter, Snowflake, and Sparkle to find a way to save Christmas and get themselves back onto the Nice List.
Is it any good?
THE NAUGHTY LIST, in spite of the occasional moment of inappropriate bathroom humor, is, on the whole, a cute and fun Christmas movie best enjoyed by young kids and anyone with a silly sense of humor. For families tired of sappy and sugarcoated holiday fare, this tale of mischievous young elves getting into trouble but eventually learning from their mistakes might be an enjoyable antidote.
The humor and the story is a little too juvenile for older viewers, and the gags involving flatulence might be a bit much for parents not wanting to give their younger kids iffy ideas, but the movie does impart lessons on traditional Christmas values like selflessness and being "nice" rather than "naughty."
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about holiday movies. What similarities and differences do you see between this film and other Christmas-themed movies?
How are traditional Christmas characters -- Santa, elves, reindeer -- represented in this movie?
How are traditional Christmas lessons taught in this movie?