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A Boy Called Christmas

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Charming family holiday adventure has scenes of peril.

Movie PG 2021 106 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 7+

Whimsical Folklore, Founded in Tragedy

I see that other reviews went pretty heavy into the parental death as a negative. However, I believe several important stories in my youth shared sad devices, left the protagonist overcoming hardship. I think it left my family with an opportunity to discuss death, sadness, and then even neglect when the aunt comes to watch the boy… I find these conversations healthy and I’d much rather have a chance to navigate these topics with my kids, so found this a good opportunity to connect on some hard topics. The main story line in my opinion was about children overcoming something they thought they couldn’t overcome, the short-comings of adults (adults aren’t perfect) and that sometimes hard times define people /leave people feeling let done by others- but there is often hope buried deep of a more magical life… if we all just believe in the good of one another.

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age 7+

Great family movie

This is a wonderful movie for children & parents. It is one you do not have to worry about anything being inappropriate. Just good kids movie all around. We parents enjoyed it as well! I rated at seven because it does have parts talking about the loss of his mother. But it is done wonderfully

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An ideal Christmas movie to watch as a family, this festive treat really will appeal to all generations. The production values of A Boy Called Christmas are high throughout, with stunning snowy landscapes stretching for days, magical special effects, and slick animation breathing life into its animal buddies -- particularly Merchant's mischievous Miika the mouse. Working as an origins story for Santa, the film intertwines elements such as the red hat, reindeer, and toy workshop seamlessly into the narrative, gradually building to the tradition of Christmas while always maintaining a world of intricacies and intriguing characters around it.

Look closely behind some of the incredible make-up and you'll find the likes of Kristen Wiig, Sally Hawkins, Toby Jones, and Jim Broadbent, as well as Smith and Joel Fry in the "real world" setting. As Nikolas, Lawfull is a revelation in his first major role, his wide-eyed innocence tempered by a strength and steely determination that suggests this won't be the last we'll see of the young actor. His gentle charm is very much at home in a film that, in many ways, harks back to an old-fashioned simplicity, where the true meaning of Christmas can never fully be quashed.

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