What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Christmas Angel is a faith-based film that espouses a belief in angels and God's will in the role of everyday lives. It also has some heavy themes about loss, illness, and death. But, overall, it offers strongly positive messages about kindness and compassion, with an emphasis on doing good deeds for others.
What's the story?
When Olivia (Izabela Vidovic) and friend Lucas (Tyler Humphrey) notice that the legend of an abandoned house might be real -- that by breaking a window and stating your wish, it might actually come true, courtesy of a mysterious angel, Elsie (Della Reese) -- they start asking for all sorts of things, including that Olivia's mom Melinda (Teri Polo) might find a suitable husband for remarriage in Nathan (Kevin Sorbo). Along the way, Olivia learns the power of doing good, the risks of meddling, and when it's best to leave things to God.
Is it any good?
CHRISTMAS ANGEL is a faith-based movie that assumes belief in angels, cites some scripture, and freely consults Christian tenets as a guide for behavior, a foundation that can often make for overly sentimental fare that is more concerned with entertaining than educating.
The movie isn't short on sentiment, but, thanks to a good cast -- namely, the fantastic Della Reese as the angel, as well as an unexpectedly talented child actor in Izabela Vidovic -- Christmas Angel makes for a well-done holiday movie with really strong pro-family, pro-goodwill messages that don't feel particularly intrusive or sermonizing. And it does its work with a diverse, intergenerational cast in a New Orleans setting. Worth noting: It does have some heavy themes of loss and death, which makes it best for older kids, but there's also a lot of heart here.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about wishes. What sorts of things do you wish for? Do they ever come true? If so, what happened?
Have you ever tried to do something good for someone and had it go wrong? What happened? What did you do to try to fix things?
No matter your beliefs, the film's idea that doing good deeds for others as a way of building community is a positive one. What good things could you do to help others around you?