What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Angels Sing is a family-friendly holiday film about finding your Christmas spirit. The music-centric film features a star-studded cast, including Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett. Although there is a little scary stuff with two characters dying in accidents, everything is behind the scenes and no graphic violence is shown. And, with no sex, little bad language (one "damn" in a song), and only one vague reference to alcohol, the film is OK for tweens and up.
What's the story?
Michael Walker (Harry Connick Jr.) lost his Christmas spirit after a family tragedy that occurred when he was a young boy. Despite the efforts of his son, David (Chandler Canterbury); his wife, Susan (Connie Britton); and his mom (Fionnula Flanagan) and dad (Kris Kristofferson), Michael refuses to celebrate the holiday. Musical neighbors (including Lyle Lovett) and the generous gift of the mysterious Nick (Willie Nelson) aren't enough to combat Michael's grinchiness until another family tragedy forces him to examine his own feelings about the true meaning of Christmas and family.
Is it any good?
ANGELS SING feels like your basic made-for-TV Christmas movie, only given an upgrade with an all-star cast; it's formulaic and a little hokey, but somehow you don't really mind. Although it's sappy, the emotional connections are believable and the characters are likable. And kids and parents alike will enjoy the music, which plays a central role in the film. From the silly made-up lyrics in Kris Kristofferson's "12 Days of Christmas" to the wistful duets with Lyle Lovett, all the music is a far cry from the usual Christmas fare.
The clichéd plot keeps it from competing with the holiday classics, but Angels Sing is definitely a movie you could watch again next Christmas, if only to hear the different takes on Christmas carols.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the importance of Christmas lights and decorations in the film. Why do you think they're so important? How do Christmas lights represent the spirit of Christmas?
Do you like the music in the movie? What's your favorite holiday song?
What's your favorite holiday movie? Why is it your favorite?
|Theatrical release date:||November 1, 2013|
|DVD/Streaming release date:||December 10, 2013|
|Cast:||Harry Connick Jr., Connie Britton, Kris Kristofferson, Fionnula Flanagan|
|Genre:||Family and Kids|
|Run time:||87 minutes|
|MPAA explanation:||Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language.|