Parents' Guide to

All American Christmas Carol

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Redemption story has underage drinking, heavy innuendo.

Movie NR 2013 87 minutes
All American Christmas Carol Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Don’t waste your popcorn

I love the original ‘A Christmas Carol,’ so I thought this would be fun to watch. Boy, was I ever wrong! Don’t waste your popcorn OR your time on this one! It’s full of underage drinking, underage sex, and enough prejudice against people who live in trailers to fill several dumpsters. If the characters in this movie had been any other race, it would have caused outrage. I turned it off mid-way when the underage sex scene started. It’s trash.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1):
Kids say: Not yet rated

ALL AMERICAN CHRISTMAS CAROL is a redneck take on A Christmas Carol -- something like Joe Dirt meets Scrooged. And it has a solid cast backing it up with Taryn Manning, Eric Roberts, and Beverly D'Angelo. Though it's loaded with sight gags and jabs at the trailer park, it attempts to show a slightly wider range of working-class folk doing their best to make ends meet and raise their families. Kids may like watching to see other children live unsupervised, shooting paintball guns and spray-painting Christmas trees on walls in lieu of real (or fake) ones, but the rampant sexualized images, the jokes about multiple baby daddies, and casual drinking and smoking, including underage drinking, make this much too crass for younger kids and likely to warrant a bit of discussion with teens.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate