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12 Dates of Christmas

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

So-so romcom has positive messages about redemption.

Movie PG 2011 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 6+


It was really good although it felt very long because the main character had to repeat the same day 12 times. It said damn, hell, bitch, and pissed off nothing too major. There was one scene where this one girl said, "I haven't had this much fun on Christmas Eve since I believed in Santa!" But I'm pretty sure that'll fly over your kids heads. And there was slight drinking. Overall good movie.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 10+

A new favorite!

This is a new favorite! Gets us in the Christmas spirit and a movie my tween and teen can enjoy together. Good message about what is most important. Sweet characters and story line. It's become an annual Christmas must-see!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Borrowing a page from the time-loop comedy Groundhog Day, this movie works in a sappy-sweet, opposites-attract love plot that just happens to take place on Christmas Eve. This holiday tie-in bolsters what's otherwise a lukewarm story marked by a handful of funny moments and the requisite romantic ones. There's little that's remarkable about the story itself, but that doesn't mean the mostly predictable ending won't leave you feeling warm and fuzzy nonetheless.

If your older tweens are champing at the bit for a more grown-up movie and they can handle a smattering of similarly grown-up language, then 12 Dates of Christmas might be a good option for them. The relationship at the heart of the story takes some time to develop (hence the multiple replays of Kate's day), but when it does, it's because of mutual affection and respect and Kate's newfound patience with life's unpredictability. After a few missteps, she learns to be open to change and to be more aware of how she can have a positive effect on those around her, which at the very least is a good reminder of life's learning experiences and the possibility of redemption.

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