A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is intended to entertain, not educate.
Timmy learns that his actions, though well-intentioned, have serious consequences for Santa and for the season of Christmas. He goes to great lengths to right the wrongs he's caused, and his selflessness saves the day for everyone. (By contrast, Mr. Crocker is motivated by greed and finds his situation unchanged as a result.) Supporting characters are able to see past long-held animosity by talking about their feelings and reaching a truce.
Positive Role Models
Timmy and his friends step up to save Christmas, but they put themselves in worrisome situations along the way. In so doing, they also reveal a grumpy character's nicer side and team up with him to make things right.
Violence & Scariness
Timmy and his friends face some precarious situations on their North Pole adventures. Timmy falls down a ravine, the group tumbles down the side of a snowy mountain, and a resident penguin repeatedly slaps an elf. Mr. Crocker takes a bite out of a gingerbread man who later teams up with his friends to seek revenge.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Timmy and Tootie share one kiss.
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"Butt" is as strong as it gets. Some potty humor, including a character's persistent halitosis and a couple of references to poop.
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Products & Purchases
This holiday movie is linked to an animated series and a previous live-action movie starring the same cast.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Fairly Odd Christmas is a live-action/CG movie inspired by a popular Nickelodeon cartoon and a previous TV movie. The story has some worthwhile messages about taking responsibility for your actions and cleaning up your own messes. Expect some mild peril amid the action and a touch of potty humor (a man's bad breath is shown in green clouds, and there's talk of poop), but also all-around happy outcomes, including one for two groups who talk out their feelings to end their bickering. 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 Fairly Odd Christmas is a palatable holiday story that plays well to its greatest strengths -- talented lead actors and a seamless blending of live-action and CGI. It's amazing how natural the fairies' presence feels among the rest of the cast, and this aspect of the movie will appeal to kids' vivid imagination. Bell and Monet are the story's shining stars, followed closely by Lewis, who so masters the ludicrous villain's character that he accounts for a lot of the laughs. The story itself is neither noteworthy nor unique, but the cast's talents and the characters' wacky predicaments are enough to carry kids' attention to the end.
Part of Timmy's appeal has always been his mishap-prone attempts at growing up, which are often complicated by his zany fairy godparents and the ill effects of the wishes they grant. While he's markedly more mature in this movie than he has been in the past, he's still learning what it takes to be a grown-up, and he gets a big lesson in the consequences of his actions when they threaten the success of Christmas itself. The story might not relate directly to kids' experiences, but the movie's theme is one that has potential applications to their lives.
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