A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Faith-based movie openly discusses the importance of prayer, belief, and following God's plan.
Positive Role Models
Mary is a kind and hardworking building preservationist who finds peace, serenity, and the presence of God in the mountains where she grew up. Her family and friends back home are hardworking and honest, unafraid of manual labor.
Violence & Scariness
A little girl is shown injured after falling in the woods, crying and unable to walk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Christmas Lodge is a faith-based movie presented under the cottage industry of the late "Painter of Light" Thomas Kinkade. The biggest concern, besides personal attitudes toward religious belief and expression presented in a movie, is the overall pacing and subject matter of the film. The slowness of the story, coupled with this not really being about Christmas per se, is sure to bore younger kids looking for a little more action, humor, or engagement. While Christians looking for an expression of their faith will find much to enjoy in the dialogue and overall messages of faith, prayer, and belief in God's Plan, secular audiences may not like the heavy-handed preaching. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While certainly not the worst or the most heavy-handed faith-based movie out there, CHRISTMAS LODGE does lay on the messages of faith and belief in God's Plan rather thick at times. That being said, if you are a Christian looking for a movie that encapsulates your values through talk and example, you will enjoy this movie. However, if you are not religious, the preaching gets to be a bit much.
What can be said without reservation, no matter the religious beliefs and fervency, is that younger kids will be bored by this story of slow-building romance and even slower-building preservation of an old rural lodge. Also, while the acting is above-average compared to many Hallmark-style movies, there really is no chemistry between the budding love interests in the movie, and any gaping holes in the veracity of the story are a little too conveniently made to work.
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