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A Christmoose Story (Midden in de Winternacht)

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Ill-judged festive family adventure fails to take flight.

Movie NR 2013 81 minutes
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A touch of unnecessary aggression and negative language lend a slightly uneven tone to what is otherwise a fairly wholesome Christmas fare. The plot is a lackluster take on the age-old story of a child helping Santa save Christmas. Here, the focus is on Santa's moose -- rather than reindeer -- aptly named Moos, whose incessant talking and dopey nature never quite channels the energy or wackiness to make the warmth or humor stick.

Performances are solid across the board, but A Christmoose Story fails to summon the sense of urgency or threat warranted by every child's worst nightmare -- Christmas being canceled. Even at just 81 minutes, the plot meanders casually towards its foregone conclusion, and the decision to show Santa as both drunk and disparaging toward Moos feels like an uncomfortable choice for a movie aimed at a younger audience. A derivative Christmas movie unlikely to become a festive classic.

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