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Back to Christmas

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Bland and predictable time-traveling holiday romance.

Movie NR 2014 86 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Cheesy goodness!

I enjoyed this & have re-watched it several times! The brother was a contestant on Last Comic Standing - wishing him many more fun roles to display his talents!
age 18+


Yall.... please do not waste your time with this, the main character is forced to choose between two emotionally abusive men in order to achieve “true happiness”. Her narcissistic mother is a super great role model too. I honestly don’t know if this movie was a joke or what. There’s even jokes about sexual harassment! Please, if you are a girl/woman who has watched this, DO NOT BE LIKE THE MAIN CHARACTER. Also, why did they feel the need to villainize people who don’t want children...? You don’t need to settle down and have kids to be happy and the people who don’t want that shouldn’t be made out to look like selfish, manipulative people. Also again, is this a world where everyone is white?? Where is the FLAVOR honey

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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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