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Parents' Guide to

48 Christmas Wishes

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Bland holiday tale turns dark; some emotional intensity.

Movie G 2017 133 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

Great fun

Can’t understand the negative reviews on here, it’s a lovely feel good movie that had my 8 year old son in fits of laughter several times. Enjoy and don’t take life so seriously!
age 6+

Bad Acting

This was hard to sit through. The elves acting was not very good.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (5 ):

Those looking for a sweet, traditional Christmas tale should look elsewhere. 48 Christmas Wishes seems at odds with itself as it attempts to promote the usual ideas that the spirit of Christmas should be valued over a desire for material gifts and that the season should be a magical time for people to love each other. At the same time, the hapless elves who lose the town's wishes fear that Christmas will be "ruined" unless they redraw the lost list and deliver all those material gifts. As for the title, surely a bustling town, like the one depicted in the movie, has more than 48 residents. Do the elves not care about the town's other hundreds, or even thousands, of residents? More quibbling: Kids don't usually go to school on Christmas Eve.

Parents should be aware that the movie goes from bland comedy to manipulative melodrama at the end, in scenes that refer directly to the death of a beloved parent and how a family is struggling to cope with the loss. Sensitive kids should be prepared for poignant sadness and discussions about losing loved ones.

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