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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's important to be kind to everyone, not just nice people who seem to deserve it. Sometimes people who seem mean are the victims of terrible childhoods.
Positive Role Models
Gary is a kind, devout man who is put out of business by a cheating rival but then generously helps the rival when he is in need. Tollman is mean for no good reason until he becomes a Christian.
Violence & Scariness
A dishonest businessman pays off deliverymen to withhold important packages heading to a rival, an act that ultimately puts the rival out of business.
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Products & Purchases
The movie focuses in part on two stores selling toys and the success of a newly invented toy.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Christmas Grace is a 2013 faith-based holiday movie. A conniving and hard-hearted businessman cheats a devout rival who loses his business as a result. The devout man then shows kindness to the cheater and persuades him to find Jesus. This movie is best for Christian families, given its heavy religious messages. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If you're looking for a well-acted, well-written, and well-shot Christian-themed movie showing the benefits of belief without evidence, look elsewhere. The actors do their best to make this well-meaning feature work, and there are some touching moments, but only the already-converted will buy the premise. Others may find the simplistic and condescending views of the faithful herein overbearing. The most essential question raised but never addressed is, does one have to be Christian to do good? Gary is more than likable and admirable in theory but, as created for the purposes of this movie, he is such a one-note caricature of religious devotion that his responses and actions seem otherworldly, not human. Tollman feels a lot like Scrooge without the diverting lure of Christmas Past, Present, and Future to justify his one-dimensional existence and our interest. It's far easier to proselytize using black-and-white examples of goodness and evil but, in real life, goodness and evil hardly ever occur all by themselves in any one person. This movie does not reflect that reality.
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