A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No real messages in dark comedy crime thriller.
Positive Role Models
Most of the characters are bumbling amateur criminals, and the two lead characters must avoid getting captured by them after one foils an attempted murder. Police officer attempts to rape the female lead character.
Violence & Scariness
Characters shot and killed. Character stabbed through the midsection with a sword while seated in a chair. Character commits suicide by pointing a rifle at his head and pulling the trigger. Police officer attempts to rape a woman after verbally and then physically assaulting her sexually; she takes his gun and kills him. Character stabbed, injured; blood. Character stabbed in the thigh with a fork, and then hit in the head with a schnapps bottle. Man bullies another man by twisting his ear and holding it. Punches thrown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Bare breasts. Lead characters shown on the verge of having sex in a van. References and insinuations of sex when the two lead characters first meet.
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Regular use of profanity, including "f--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "piss," "damn," "ass," "bastards."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Two lead characters meet by engaging in a vodka shot drinking contest. Cigarette smoking throughout. Marijuana smoking. Wine drinking. Characters drink schnapps shots at dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Christmas Crossfire is a 2020 German dark comedy thriller (with subtitles) in which a staid professor stops a murder, and then becomes a target himself. There's quite a bit of violence, including a police officer attempting to sexually assault and then rape the female lead character before she shoots and kills him with his gun. Character stabbed through the chest with a sword. Character commits suicide by pointing a rifle at his face and pulling the trigger. Shooting deaths. Character tied up in the woods as a man points a gun at his head and nearly kills him. Stabbings; blood. Stabbing with a fork, followed by a schnapps bottle smashed on a character's head. Some binge drinking. Marijuana smoking. Cigarette smoking. Brief female nudity (breasts), as the two lead characters are implied to be having sex, and then shown to be on the verge of having sex. Profanity throughout, including "f--k" used several times. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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