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Religious elements of Christmas aren't spared from jokes: Willie Nelson plays a wise man trying to give the baby Jesus pot as a gift (he's later arrested), Feist plays an angel who puts people with prayer requests on hold like a telephone operator -- instead of earning her wings, Colbert suggests she will earn "a pair of balls." Plus, the video to Toby Keith's "War on Christmas" song shows places being blown up and shots of a guillotine, with violence (jokingly) directed at nonbelievers.
Violence & Scariness
Toby Keith's song shows flashes of bombs (some shaped like Christmas trees, one with a smiley face), missles, a guillotine, and a house blowing up. A very fake bear attacks, is stabbed by Santa very nongraphically, and is then shown as a rug. Keith carries a rifle.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Ample innuendo in John Legend's "Nutmeg" song ("the only residue I want you wiping off your face is my nutmeg," "sprinkle your Christmas cream with my spice supreme," and so on). One tongue kiss to a fake bear.
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"Damn," "balls," and a whole bleeped-out sentence by Jon Stewart, with nothing distinguishable.
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Products & Purchases
iPod, the Jonas Brothers, the New York Times.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The Wilie Nelson segment is all about giving pot to Jesus as a gift (Nelson says "right now I'm so high you're hallucinating"). Colbert drinks eggnog with lots of rum.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Christmas special is a lot like Stephen Colbert's Comedy Central show The Colbert Report. There's a lot of satire that's best for older teens who will understand it -- and Colbert's ultra-conservative character -- on that level. Specific to this special, the religious elements of Christmas aren't spared from jokes: Willie Nelson plays a wise man trying to give the baby Jesus pot as a gift (he's later arrested), Feist plays an angel who puts people with prayer requests on hold like a telephone operator, and the video to Toby Keith's "War on Christmas" song shows places with nonbelievers being blown up. There's also ample sexual innuendo in John Legend's "Nutmeg" song. Also of note: the ads before the DVD highlight uncensored Comedy Central shows with some iffy sexual content that goes beyond what's included in this program. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Combining an eclectic mix of musicians singing truly catchy comic tunes with the hokey vibe of classic TV Christmas specials, this is sure to be a hit with the "Colbert Nation" fan base and beyond. The best song in the mix comes from Feist, whose angelic voice fits the part. Stewart struggles vocally with his Hanukkah song, but his comic timing makes up for it. Legend could use some acting lessons, but his song about nutmeg expertly combines the bawdy and ridiculous.
Sometimes the religious satire comes close to going over the line -- and it will be way over the line for some -- but with Colbert in character as an ultra-conservative narcisist, it'd be hard to know whom to blame for any offense he may have caused.
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