Christmas on Salvation Street

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Religious holiday flick is wholesome but hokey.
  • PG
  • 2014
  • 126 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Everyone deserves a second chance. Helping others is important. Some stereotypes about inner-city life. Pastor Noah comes across as the white savior coming in to help the minorities without a very deep discussion about why the neighborhood is impoverished.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Every character grows as a person.


A man holds up the pastor at knifepoint, gang members wave guns, and one side character dies (though peacefully).


Some very mild flirting.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some alcohol bottles in the background; a character is a recovering alcoholic.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Christmas on Salvation Street is a religious family flick about a pastor's family struggling to find its place in a poor neighborhood. There are a lot of references to violence and crime, including a few tense scenes involving gang members with guns, and one side character dies on-screen (though not violently). There also are some mildly upsetting scenes with CPS threatening to take children from their homes. Although it has a strong overarching message about helping others and a happy ending, the more adult themes make it best for tweens and up.

User Reviews

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Adult Written bylukel1 December 6, 2017


I watched this movie from beginning to end... I was captivated by the LOVE AND THE MESSAGE "THAT GOD CARES ABOUT US ALL"... There was another gift fro... Continue reading
Adult Written byAdriana N. December 5, 2017

Inappropriately racist

I really hope people aren’t letting their kids watch this? Like drugs and alcohol are scary, but what about the INSANE amounts of prejudice and racial stereotyp... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Pastor Noah Davis (Joe Pacheco) is searching for direction after his wife's death when he gets an invitation by former student Charlie (Israel Matos) to come preach at the inner city Salvation Street mission. Along with his two teenage daughters Brianna (Olivia Rose Keegan) and Alexa (Catherine Lidstone), Pastor Noah struggles to connect with his new community, which is much rougher than they're used to. When the family unexpectedly takes in two neighborhood kids, they find themselves at odds with the local gang and unsure if they'll be able to bring hope to their new community while still staying safe.

Is it any good?

Although CHRISTMAS ON SALVATION STREET is certainly well intentioned, it's hard not to laugh out loud at the unrealistic depiction of inner-city life and the sometimes cringe-worthy acting. Pastor Noah comes across as the white savior coming in to help the minorities without a very deep discussion about why the neighborhood is impoverished. The interactions with gang members are the most laughable, as he wins them over by literally throwing a Bible at them.

Families looking for a spiritual movie that opens up discussions about helping others and poverty may enjoy this film. There are some really nice messages about the rewards of helping others that are valuable for all viewers. But those who aren't religious most likely will find it too heavy-handed.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about helping others. What do you do to help other people?

  • Why do you think some kids join gangs? 

  • What's your favorite Christmas movie? Why is it your favorite?

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For kids who love the holidays

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