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Parents' Guide to

Christmas Break-In

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Feisty kid fights dopey robbers in "Home Alone" wannabe.

Movie NR 2019 87 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 8+

Shameful Depiction of Schools

This movie was so incredibly wrong in its portrayal of a public school at which a child is left during a snowstorm. All schools take the safety of every child very seriously. There are lists and bus monitors, as well as staff who make sure kids getting rides leave with recognized, acceptable drivers of individual cars. This was very sad to see! As for the thoughtless parents, they should also be ashamed. If there was anything funny in this story, I couldn’t see it due to the horrible way it made schools look, and for the terrible bad parenting demonstrated.
age 9+

Intense scary scenes for young or sensitive viewers

I am surprised that none of the reviews came out and discussed the intense scary scenes where Izzy dresses up as a ghost. When I heard another reviewer mention ghost, I pictured a white sheet with eye holes. In actual fact, it was more like Ghostface or skeleton like. They made it more scary by telling a ghost story with creepy background music and talking about how the ghost wraps chains around someone's neck. This was very uncomfortable for my daughter, who is very sensitive, and we had to fast forward a large chunk of the movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6 ):
Kids say (7 ):

This movie is a weak Home Alone retread that is family-friendly but lacks originality, plausibility, or surprises. Nothing in Christmas Break-In makes sense. Why does Ray go back to be with Izzy just at the moment her parents call to assure him they're on their way to her? Why does it seem to take the parents years to get to the local school? Why is it that the snowstorm keeps the robbers from driving to a getaway place and the parents from traveling to the school, while Ray has no trouble driving through the same terrible road conditions to return to Izzy? Comparative chronology -- the amount of time passing for each character struggling in his or her own situation -- doesn't match up.

Also, almost gratuitously, a seeming Santa figure in a large van shows up to help out, but ultimately nothing is really made of his appearance. And with the exceptions of Glover and James Robert Miller as the fleeting white-bearded Santa character, there isn't a convincing actor on the screen. Families can find much better holiday movies than this.

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