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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain and inspire rather than educate.
Experiencing life in someone else's shoes brings a new perspective. It's valuable to have balance in one's life. Promotes importance of family, compassion, self-awareness.
Positive Role Models
Two lead characters are solid people at heart -- determined, hardworking, honest, and loving, though each has something to learn. The male characters are supportive, caring, good dads. One African American featured player.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults have a glass of wine in two scenes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Christmas Switch is a comedy about two moms -- one a wealthy, high-powered businesswoman, the other a hardworking waitress with little time for herself -- who magically change places just before Christmas. Scenes about the challenges and absurdities of trying to take on someone else's identity go hand in hand with messages about the value of family, finding balance in life, and examining priorities. Adults have a glass of wine in two scenes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A cheery Christmas ambiance, an adorable little girl, and other effective performances have to make up for some careless plotting in this timeworn tale of trading places. In a movie that already demands a substantial willingness to suspend disbelief, the script gives short shrift to logic. Convenient performances on a stage in a small diner so that a music mogul can pop in to hear a waitress sing? A decidedly middle-class family who can't afford a $9 toy but has a beautifully decorated Christmas tree with an array of gaily wrapped gifts beneath it?
On the bright side (and the movie IS bright), Cleary Herzlinger as 4-year-old Kelly Turner is delightful without being precocious. And while the rich woman has a lot more to take away from her experience in A Christmas Switch than the struggling one, the two actresses give it their all.
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