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12 Christmas Wishes for My Dog

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Mostly dog-less tale has religious tone, mature themes.

Movie G 2012 88 minutes
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12 Christmas Wishes for My Dog has a lot of Christmas clichés, but it's a warmhearted, feel-good movie that manages to be moderately entertaining, even in its cheesiness. Almost all the characters (even the supposed villains) are likable, and there are solid and positive messages about helping others, even if they aren't always nice to you. Unfortunately, it's just a little too predictable and sugary-sweet to become a Christmas classic.

Younger kids will no doubt enjoy imagining what they would do with their Christmas wishes, though they may be bored with Laura's choices. And animal lovers will probably be disappointed that the dog referenced in the title actually plays a very minor role and doesn't actually get any wishes. But parents looking for a wholesome holiday film the whole family can enjoy most likely will appreciate this Christmas flick.

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