A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
No one has to be perfect; we must just do our best. Values promoted: family as a supportive entity, empathy, and responsibility.
Positive Role Models
Little Mariah is spirited, persistent, responsible, and compassionate, a good big sister, and able to adapt to new situations. She respects and loves her family members and always tries to do the right thing. Parental figures are responsible, loving, and wise even though they're mildly flawed and quirky. Ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Some pratfalls and tumbles.
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Based on Mariah Carey's popular song and 2015 children's book of the same title. Several of Carey's holiday songs are integrated into the story, as well.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that All I Want for Christmas Is You is an animated movie based on Mariah Carey's same-named popular song and 2015 children's book. Carey narrates as a grown-up Mariah "recalling" a childhood story in which her younger self first learned about the joys and misadventures of owning a dog. Sparkling depictions of an extended family, including distinctive grandparents and younger siblings, as well as a pesky dog's antics (including bouts of vomiting and pooping) provide both laughs and moments of tenderness. Several of Carey's holiday songs are integrated into the story, too. Expect a few pratfalls -- tumbles in the snow and on a skating pond, characters upended by the naughty dog -- but nothing scary. The movie also has something to say about expectations, responsibilities, and the notion of perfection. It's safe and fun for all ages. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A very likable little heroine, a trouble-making dog, and an ethnically diverse, extended family of unique, engaging characters keep the giggles coming and warm the heart by the story's end. The creative team brings Mariah Carey's book to life with style and spirit. All of the performances, including the kids', are excellent. Carey's songs and narration are well-integrated into the upbeat tale. A subplot featuring Grandpa Bill's (Henry Winkler) competition with a neighbor over Christmas decorations that light up the neighborhood is fun as well. What's more, Little Mariah learns something as she struggles to master the art of responsible pet care. All I Want for Christmas Is You is a sweet addition to holiday movies for young families.
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