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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
Every character grows as a person.
Violence & Scariness
A man holds up the pastor at knifepoint, gang members wave guns, and one side character dies (though peacefully).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some very mild flirting.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some alcohol bottles in the background; a character is a recovering alcoholic.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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