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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Characters make a stereotype joke declaring that Scots-Canadians are cheap. People should find mates who want the same things they do in life.
Positive Role Models
A woman and her Christmas-loving family all wrap gifts for underprivileged children.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
A man and a woman have been "dating" for five years and live together, but when they visit her parents for the holidays, they sleep in separate bedrooms. A man and woman kiss. A woman in her 30s was kissed by her married boss at an office party. He has apologized for it and they are on friendly terms.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bourbon, wine, and other alcoholic drinks are discussed and consumed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Back to Christmas, also known as Correcting Christmas, is a 2014 family-friendly story about a 30-ish architect who regrets having broken up with her live-in boyfriend the Christmas before. When magic sends her back in time to repair the mistake, she discovers her "mistake" may be unfixable and that she'd also made other, more serious mistakes that bear examining. Expect to hear the word "butt" and see adults drinking socially. A man and a woman sleep in separate bedrooms when they visit her parents. A woman was kissed by her married boss at an office party. He has apologized for it and they are on friendly terms. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is a Christmastime love story whose actors, script, direction, and setting are all banal, colorless, and unoriginal. It's notable that several other, far better movies are mentioned here. The writer and director could only wish to be so lucky as to make a film anywhere near as interesting and funny as Groundhog Day, Men in Black, or Back to the Future. What passes for humor includes Ali having a lonely diner meal, interrupted by Ginny, a meddling magical stranger who good-naturedly barges in on Ali and then insists on ordering Ali's food.
The slight wisp of an idea that tries to hold Back to Christmas up is so weak and underdeveloped that the filmmakers seem to throw up their hands in surrender when it comes time to figure out how to end the thing. At one point, Ginny lectures Ali that going back in time must obey the laws of physics, as if this clarified something useful about the internal logic of the plot. All it actually does is suggest that the writer has heard of physics.
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