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An Evergreen Christmas

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Well-meaning but generic holiday story with mature themes.

Movie PG 2014 99 minutes
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The story is familiar; the resolutions (and there are several) are predictable. Some good actors have their work cut out for them when there's no subtlety in either the storyline or dialogue. As a result, one-dimensional stereotypes include a wannabe Hollywood actor, a diva pop-musical star, a greedy businesswoman, an ignorant racist bully, and a prickly but loving grandfather who relies heavily on his faith and his gun. Small-town life is idealized; big government wants to destroy the farmer and his family by extracting that last dollar from a dead man. Ms. Closshey, recognized as a talented musician, wrote the music, participated in the filmmaking, and clearly wants to add acting to her résumé; it's an adequate effort. Overall it's an OK but uninspired film for older kids and teens that's unlikely to inspire multiple viewings.

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