Christmas Break-In

Movie review by Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 7+

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

NR 2019 87 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 7 reviews

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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.

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