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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie celebrates culture and identity. Also champions the notion of romance and true love prevailing, as well as the importance of family.
Positive Role Models
Melvin is a successful author. Georgia is a famous musical artist. They've worked hard to chase their dreams and get to where they are. Characters are flawed, but real -- some infidelity, a character hides her pregnancy from her partner, and it's revealed someone once walked out on his family. Lisa is ridiculed and poked fun at for having a feminist viewpoint. A character refers to an ex-girlfriend as his "ting," but another calls him up on it.
A romantic, Christmas comedy with an all-Black leading cast. The character's cultures and identities are presented in a positive light, as a celebration of friendship and family, but also of the community this narrative sits within.
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Violence & Scariness
There is one scene where a physical fight between three family members begins. Though punches land, it's played for laughs. A character is also seen kicking another in between their legs, while a heated argument at a party eventually winds up as a food fight. A character attacks a doll with a picture of her partner's face on it with a baseball bat, as a means of therapy.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional sexual references. Oral sex is briefly discussed, while characters converse about their sex life, and whether they may indulge in the activity that very night. They talk about having a sex playlist. Some infidelity.
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Several uses of the word "f--k" as well as "s--t." There are also many uses of the word "d--khead." Also "bloody." The slang term "pum pum" is used when referring to a woman's genitals.
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Products & Purchases
The characters are rich and successful, but never appear to be driven my money or materialism.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A characters is seen with a cannabis joint. Characters drink alcohol at social and family gatherings. One character requests a virgin cocktail but is refused.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Boxing Day is a charming British romantic comedy set at Christmas with some strong language and sexual references. Featuring a nearly all-Black cast, this film offers a positive, and authentic portrayal of the Black-British experience, celebrating the West Indian community in London in an honest and affectionate manner. Culture and identity is a theme too and the film is about the strength of family, albeit coming with complications. Writer Melvin (Aml Ameen) returns home for Christmas with his new fiancé Lisa (Aja Naomi King) only to discover his ex-girlfriend Georgia (Leigh-Anne Pinnock) is joining them too. Characters are flawed, some indulge in infidelity, and the film doesn't shy away from confronting a father who left his wife and children to contend for themselves. A character expresses a feminist viewpoint and is laughed at, while another refers to women as his "ting," but he is pulled up on his comment. There are a couple of fight scenes, and while characters punch one another, it's near-slapstick in its approach. There are sexual references as characters discuss their sex lives. While the language is strong, featuring several uses of the words "f--k," "s--t," and "d--khead." Characters can be seen with marijuana joints, and they also drink alcohol at family gatherings. 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 British romcom is an entertaining festive film that is the perfect tonic after a long week's work. Boxing Day is a film to kick back to, make a cup of tea and enjoy, under a blanket while it snows outside. For this you've got to commend first-time writer and director Ameen, who has displayed a real aptitude for his new craft behind the lens, while of course starring as the leading role. Casting himself as a love interest to two brilliant women does bear shades of self-indulgence, but it's heart remains in the right place.
Ameen affectionately ridicules the cliches and familiar beats of the Christmas comedy genre, while remaining sincere and romantic. What helps is the fine ensemble he has put together, with Marianne Jean-Baptiste brilliant, as ever, while there's an impressive debut turn for Pinnock, taking a break from her musical career to show a real skill for acting. All of which contributes to making Boxing Day a stand-out festive film.
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