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A Merry Friggin' Christmas

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Great cast mired in limp holiday film about family baggage.

Movie PG-13 2014 88 minutes
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age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+


Williams seems to have given up. His eyes tell the whole story. It’s not humorous, funny or enlightening. Avoid at all costs.
age 14+

Hilarious, movie!!

Definitely not for younger children, especially if they’re believers of the guy in the big red suit! My husband and two teenage kids loved this movie. Laughed they entire movie. However, I’m glad we watched it once our two younger ones went to bed. Great movie!!! It sure was pushing the rating bar. Many times it spoke about sex and a man being a pervert. I love my cheesy Hallmark movies probably more than the rest, but I enjoyed this movie, because, #1 it was funny, and #2, let’s get real, some families are disfunctional.

Is It Any Good?

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Parents say (4):
Kids say (1):

A MERRY FRIGGIN' CHRISTMAS has its heart in the right place. Boyd is trying to be a good dad, while his own father is finally starting to come to terms with how he raised his kids. And some of the pain rings true, as Boyd and his siblings recall growing up with their often-drunk father.

But too much of the film has a sour taste, including slapstick humor that borders on insulting and demeaning (including recurring bits about how Boyd's brother was injured while in the army and his brother-in-law's police record). The script veers from moments that try to evoke warm familial feelings to crude humor, without managing to find a sweet spot for viewers to enjoy. In the end, the family does patch up some of its differences, but it's not all that fun to watch.

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