Parents' Guide to

Christmas in Carolina

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Uneven, predictable romance has positive role models.

Movie NR 2020 76 minutes
Christmas in Carolina Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

I was anxious to watch this movie because its about SC where i live but i was sorely disappointed because In today's times when everyone is race this race that this movie has no honkies in it WTH how racist can you get ? And the actors SUX !! My wife is black and she's the one who said it's very racist and shows racial divide
age 13+

Boring

I only made it through about 7 minutes before I had to turn it off. Bad actors and boring...very boring!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (3 ):

This gentle romance set during the Christmas holiday season radiates warmth and positivity. Unfortunately, all that good feeling in Christmas in Carolina doesn't quite overcome the very slow pace, predictability, or uneven acting. There are even a couple of continuity problems, one of which just seems careless and the other is confusing. The story also skips some crucial parts that would give the movie a stronger foundation if we got see, for example, how or why Elle changes her mind.

The quiet, gentle pace and characters who are all adults with well-established careers or grown children may limit the appeal to teens. And although Christmas is a prominent backdrop, very little about the story would change if it were set during any other time of year. This limits kid appeal, too, since the movie isn't about Christmas itself, and only one child character appears very, very briefly. Fans of the '90s sitcom Family Matters may enjoy seeing two cast remembers reunite as siblings.

Movie Details

Inclusion information powered by

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate