A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Friendship and not criticizing others to feel better are what it means to be a good and authentic person.
Positive Role Models
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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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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. 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 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.
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