Christmas Crush

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Holiday reunion comedy has iffy role models, shallowness.
  • NR
  • 2012
  • 88 minutes

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Positive Messages

Friendship and not criticizing others to feel better are what it means to be a good and authentic person.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Georgia's mom is encouraging and wise, and Georgia tries to be a good person and friend. But many characters are concerned primarily with status, looks, and fitting in. They exclude others for not being good enough by such definitions. Characters festoon their principal's office with toilet paper for a prank. Many female characters talk about each other behind their backs and have passive-aggressive friendships.

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Sex

A couple of kissing scenes. Jokes, innuendo, and discussions include the phrase "friends with benefits," references to a former teacher being hot, jokes about tormenting the teacher sexually, and being sent to the office in high school for not wearing a bra. A woman acts orgasmic when her former teacher talks about the periodic table. Discussions of cheating, with characters paired in ways that suggest implied cheating.

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Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Christmas Crush is about a 28-year-old at her high school reunion. Though the film is meant to be an upbeat comedy about a girl trying to win back her old beau, it has some iffy role models and questionable material for younger kids. Most of the nearly 30 characters return to high school with high school maturity levels: The female characters are shallow and status-obsessed, and there are some mature discussions of cheating, teasing former teachers, and some heavy innuendo when a woman acts orgasmic when she hears her former teacher discuss the periodic table. There are some positive messages about what it means to be a good person and friend and the lesson that high school is not significant in the grand scheme of things, but these realizations come at the last minute.

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What's the story?

Georgia (Rachel Boston) discovers her 10-year high school reunion is a week before Christmas and decides she'll use the event to win back her high school boyfriend Craig (Jon Prescott). While she puts her best foot forward, she contends with status-obsessed friends, her encouraging mom (Marilu Henner), and an old friend, Ben (Jonathan Bennett), who reminds her of the person she used to be.

Is it any good?

CHRISTMAS CRUSH has some decent elements: an enthusiastic cast, lots of impromptu singing, and a pleasant throwback feel. It folds holiday spirit into a mash-up of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Clueless, and Mean Girls. But these status-obsessed characters don't have enough heart, nor do the leads have enough chemistry, to make this feel like more than an imitation. There is a grounding performance from Marilu Henner as a positive older adult character imparting wisdom about being a good person and some nice messages about what it means to be good friends -- and a true success -- but those lessons come too late in the movie to feel sincere.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about success. What do you think it means to be successful? How is that discussed in the film?

  • Does this movie portray high school accurately? How so, or how does it not?

  • What does the film say about what it means to be a good person? Who do you think is a good person in the film? 

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