A Very Country Christmas

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Family-friendly holiday romance has mild language.
  • PG
  • 2017
  • 84 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Sometimes you know right away when you've met someone special.

Positive Role Models

Zane is a good guy who needed a break from the part of being successful that he didn't like. When he returns to a small town he's always loved, he's able to regroup. Jeannette puts her daughter's needs above her own.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

A man and woman kiss. A man appears in pants without a shirt.

Language

"Damn," "heck," and "crap."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink alcohol.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that A Very Country Christmas checks all the holiday spirit, family-friendly boxes. In a small town, a hardworking single mom and her adorable small daughter are both ripe for being swept off their feet by a runaway country music star hiding out from fame as the holiday approaches. Language includes "damn," "heck," and "crap." A man shows off his chiseled chest, and a man kisses a woman. Adults drink alcohol.

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Teen, 15 years old Written bybananabread December 1, 2020

bad

this was really bad. do not waste your time watching this movie.

What's the story?

In A VERY COUNTRY CHRISTMAS, Zane (Greyston Holt) is a famed country singer who, for undisclosed reasons, leaves a concert before getting on stage. Instead of running home to Florida or to his California ranch, he hides in the small town where he went to music camp as a boy. Jolene (Deana Carter), who used to run the camp and remains Zane's good friend, puts on the town's Christmas show every year. She recruits Jeannette (Bea Santos), busy single mother of little Quinn (Raven Stewart), to help design the stage for the coming performance. Jeannette holds down several jobs while finishing her degree in interior design, so even though she's attracted to Zane, she tells him she's too busy to date. Zane is a great guy and wins over Quinn first. Then through a series of "non-dates," he persuades Jeannette that his feelings are real. Soon after his brother-agent (Greg Vaughan) finds him, the entertainment press pours in to harass him. Will he stay or go?

Is it any good?

A Very Country Christmas does the job it sets out to do, providing a family-friendly, cookie-cutter, predictable romance in an attractive holiday setting. Nothing here will challenge anyone or offer any original thoughts about anything, which may make this some viewers' idea of  perfect holiday fare. Two nice people meet nicely. That's about it.

There's one standout moment, but it doesn't have much to do with the plot. With only a couple minutes of screen time, Kelsey Lamb (as a character called Kelsey) sings a moving version of that solid and reliable Christmas carol, "Deck the Halls." Kids may not be necessarily interested in a holiday romance, but if they walk in when someone else is watching this, there's nothing to worry about.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the story's emphasis on the importance of family. How does Zane prove to Jeannette that he cares about family? Do you think he's sincere? Why?

  • Jeannette talks about being a good mother. What are some qualities good mothers have that she displays?

  • How does this movie characterize small-town living versus big-city living? Which do you prefer, and why? Why do so many movies compare these two locations?

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For kids who love the holidays

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