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Christmas Crossfire

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Violence, sex, language in dark German thriller.

Movie NR 2020 106 minutes
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Christmas Crossfire is an entertaining dark comedy/thriller. It manages to unravel a vast array of knotty plot twists into something engaging from beginning to end. The movie ends right when all of the sidestories and backstories are beginning to overwhelm, but somehow keeps it together. There honestly isn't all that much that makes it a "Christmas" movie, aside from a Christmas dinner that goes from awkward to violent in a short amount of time. For much of the movie, it's easy to forget that it's set during the holidays as it's focused on so many other stories.

More than holiday fare, Christmas Crossfire comes across almost as a parody of romantic comedies, road trip movies, and movies with crazed bad guys. The anarchy of all these events happening in such a short amount of time is part of the fun. The awareness of the conventions, forms, and tropes of all the different genres the movie flirts with gives the movie a spark that overcomes any feelings of having seen all of this before, in one form or another. While asking the viewer to suspend more disbelief than they might in other movies, the fast pace works in part because it doesn't give the viewer much time to reflect on any skepticism, even as the movie becomes more ludicrous and gratuitous. That said, this is more like holiday fare for people who want a break from the sappy Hallmark Channel offerings churned out by the dozens every December.

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