Parents' Guide to

Candy Cane Lane

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fun holiday action comedy has peril, innuendo, language.

Movie PG 2023 116 minutes
Candy Cane Lane: Eddie Murphy among Christmas lights.

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Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 18+

Terrible Do NOT Allow Family to View

Disliked this movie. I would NEVER allow my children/grandchildren to watch it. A child is the first person to use profanity in the movie. One of the children in the movie lies to her parents. Parents tolerance/disregard for disrespectfulness of children. As a Christian household I saw innuendos referencing hell, evil and the devil. Evil elf is kicked out of Santa house. She is now reaking havic on the earth and when caught in the lasso the mother in the movie looks at her and says, is this the little that caused all the trouble (paraphrasing because I refuse to rewind the movie). This reference is found in scripture. This is what scripture says we will say about the devil when we see him as he is...this movie is NOT for children/families. I will NEVER allow my children/grandchildren to watch this movie.
age 14+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Fast-paced, inventive, and amusing, this film is a memorable holiday-themed movie. That's due principally to gifted performers Murphy and Ellis Ross, who craftily toe the line between the rational and the absurd in Candy Cane Lane. Their droll banter and interactions may be scripted, but it takes two pros to convey the familiarity and mutual understanding of a long-married couple. Likewise, even as wacky events are unfolding all around them, the Carver family members are each experiencing realistic, down-to-earth troubles of their own. These keep the film grounded and allow for a satisfying closure.

In the interim, the action involving shrunken victims (Nick Offerman among them) and aggressive creatures plucked from the "12 Days of Christmas" jingle is entertaining and nimble. Bell brings the fairy-tale embellishment as the maniacal elf (with her similar role in Good Burger 2, she could be getting type-cast). Sure, the film might have tried to squeeze in a few too many ideas and characters (the cable anchors, for starters), but it all happens so fast that there's just not enough time to get annoyed before Holly "hugs the thug" and Black Santa swoops in to save the day.

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