A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is intended for entertainment rather than education. But audiences may learn the importance of family and friends over a more materialistic lifestyle.
Themes include putting family first and not being materialistic. Also encourages empathy and teaches the importance of staying true to yourself and your roots.
Positive Role Models
Some stereotyping of both small town and city folk. Those from Los Angeles are mostly seen to prioritize looks, money, and success, while the residents of Truxton are portrayed as helpful, caring, and generous. Haley initially shows some snobbery to the Truxton residents but then mends her ways.
Violence & Scariness
Mention of deceased parents and grandparents long ago.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting and a few quick kisses on the lips during a wedding ceremony.
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Products & Purchases
Initially there's some emphasis on the need to spend money. But the overall lesson is that an event can be just as magical with a more modest budget and items made with love rather than money. Mobile phones feature prominently, but they're linked to less positive communications between the "city folk."
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional drinking with dinner and a champagne reception during a wedding -- but no one drinks to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Wedding For Christmas is a romantic holiday movie with themes of empathy and staying true to your roots. Initially main character Haley (Cristine Prosperi) puts a lot of emphasis on money and success. She's judgmental and disrespectful to the people from her hometown because they prioritize happiness and kindness over more material things. But she eventually learns to change her outlook on life. There's some mention of the deaths of parents and grandparents, though they occurred in the past. There's no violence or strong language, and the romance at the heart of the movie is very chaste (with just a little flirting and quick kisses). The movie encourages kindness, understanding, and prioritizing family and community over anything else. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This romcom is full of stock characters -- the demanding boss, the sweet local boy from childhood, the kindly old relatives -- and all-too-predictable plot turns. But if there's one time of year when movies can get away with a "cookie cutter" approach, it's Christmas. And while the screenplay certainly won't win any Oscars, it's warm and comforting, and there's something to be said for knowing where a story is heading -- particularly when that's toward a happy ending.
A Wedding for Christmas could have benefited from raising the stakes at some points -- the wedding never really feels in peril, nor does the path of true love run particularly bumpily -- and the acting isn't entirely convincing, particularly from those in smaller roles. But with just the right amount of heart and festive sparkle, this cookie still tastes sweet enough.
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