Parents' Guide to

Christmas on Mistletoe Farm

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Festive comedy has widowed parent, slapstick, potty humor.

Movie NR 2022 102 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 8+

Unlike the reviews for language, there is one instance where "hell" is said and someone holds up their middle finger.
age 5+

Great family movie

I completely disagree with the Common Sense reviewer. I like the character Beano being over the top just like Santa. The family is adorable, siblings are close. Their purpose of trying to stay on the farm is the story. Keeping family together and happy. The Dads boss is overplayed and super mean. Couldve done without her. And poor acting. Otherwise everyone is delightful to watch and its a great movie.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Setting up the story and getting to know the family in this festive family-comedy is a pleasant experience. Christmas on Mistletoe Farm's excellent cast of kids are charming and realistic, as their widowed dad rushes to get them to school before barrelling into work, flustered but getting by. At the same time as he's given the task to secure a big contract or get fired, he's told he's been given a farm by his estranged father. The charm continues at the farm, as the kids excitedly explore and the kitchen gets surprise guests of chickens and goats. However, the next surprise, in the form of the childlike adult Beano sleeping in the barn, brings the charm to a screeching halt.

Writer-director Debbie Isitt likes this kind of character -- Mr. Poppy from her Nativity series is a similar blend of sickeningly sweet naivety and nerve-grating silliness. Overacted by Paige, the character aims for midway between Jack Black in School of Rock and Robin Williams' Genie in Aladdin but wildly misses the mark. The movie soon falls apart in a shrieking, nonsensical mess of manic shouting and unearned grief exploitation. The story feels like chunks are missing. For a kids' movie that sidelines five excellent child performers for increasingly intense adults, and then throws in genuinely unsettling plot twists, this squandered opportunity is hard to recommend.

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