Parents' Guide to

Chasing Christmas

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Listless holiday comedy with drinking and a smoking ghost.

Movie PG 2012 80 minutes
Chasing Christmas Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

There aren't any parent reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say Not yet rated
Kids say (1):

If you're still inclined to tune in to CHASING CHRISTMAS, be sure to do so without the kids. This modern-day story inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol revives the ghostly characters at the heart of the tale and brings a man face-to-face with his humbug ways, but the similarities to the classic end there. The story veers off track from the get-go, thanks to Past's cynicism about the holidays and his self-serving motivations, and little gets accomplished as a result. Jack's trip down memory lane does manage to change his disdain for the holiday and answer some of his lingering questions about his past, but the movie doesn't have the overall jolly effect that most Christmas comedies offer.

Besides the sexual content, frequent drinking, and smoking, there is one scene that, while brief and not entirely explicit, may cast doubt on Santa's identity for young believers. What's more, Past's constant grumblings about the extinction of the true meaning of Christmas won't mean anything to kids who are wrapped up in the magic of the holiday and all its trappings, but you'll probably find some truth -- and some humor -- in his musings.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate