A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Learn to appreciate other people's perspectives. Don't take your family for granted. Family is where life begins and love never ends.
Positive Role Models
Alternis helps the siblings see from each other's perspectives and understand one another. Aiden consistently encourages his family to come together and try to get along. The parents are involved and supportive of their kids and encouraging when they come to them with their problems.
Cast includes a Black blended family. Classmates and friends are from different racial backgrounds.
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Violence & Scariness
A bully at school teases, chases, and verbally threatens one of the characters (no physical harm).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teen crushes. Discussion about "hormones raging" and bodies changing as the siblings swap bodies with each other. Talk of boyfriends and girlfriends. An engaged couple kisses. Teens almost kiss. A visiting relative wears clothing showing a lot of cleavage. She's later seen from the waist up waking up wearing a bra. A teen practices pickup lines in a mirror, later hugs and squeezes a pillow pretending it's their crush. An adult says "tonight I'll be on Santa's naughty list" while flirting with another adult.
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Includes insults such as "baby," "loser," and "stupid."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Family Matters Christmas is a movie about a blended family navigating the holidays together with a magical twist. It follows 10-year-old Aiden, who accidentally causes his sister and stepbrother to swap bodies. As they deal with being in a body that's not their own, the movie touches on some sexual content, including statements such as "my hormones are raging" and "I'm not looking forward to puberty." As they find themselves having an out-of-body experience, they begin to learn empathy for each other. There's some flirting among teens and adults and sexual innuendos such as "Tonight I'll be on Santa's naughty list." Language includes some insults such as "loser" and "stupid." A bully at school teases, chases, and verbally threatens one of the characters. There's an underlying wholesome message about appreciating family, compassion, and working together. 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 Family Matters Christmas is a campy but wholesome movie with a Freaky Friday feel. The story features a diverse cast with a familiar storyline that's entertaining from the moment the siblings swap bodies. Though the special effects leave much to be desired, the actors pull off the silly concept in a way that makes it enjoyable for even the youngest viewers. Each character goes on a journey to see through another sibling's set of eyes. Aiden looks up to his stepbrother but learns being tall and popular isn't always all it's cracked up to be. Emily and Brandon both realize their relationships with each other mean more to them than they thought.
Fans hoping for a big Family Matters reunion may be disappointed as viewers only see Ms. Winslow here and there as she's telling the story to her grandchildren. The plot is nothing new, but it's a fine, festive choice to throw into a Christmas movie rotation.
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