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All I Want for Christmas

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Predictable and formulaic romantic Christmas movie.

Movie G 2008 86 minutes
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At the end of the day, ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS is a slightly tweaked, holiday-themed version of Sleepless in Seattle. While the film does make a decent attempt at honestly showing the difficulties single parents and their children contend with, the story itself adheres closely to a predictable, oft-seen formula, and many of the characters -- the single woman's brash friend who tells her she needs to date more, the spoiled rich guy who has never had to work with his hands, the nice guy next door who just can't catch a break -- aren't the most original.

While the actors do the best they can with such trite material, it isn't enough to make this worthwhile. Young kids will be bored with the emphasis more on love and less on Christmas, and older kids will have a good indication of how the film will end about 20 minutes in, if not sooner.

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