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Christmas Plus One

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Formulaic festive romance has positive messages.

Movie NR 2023 92 minutes
Christmas Plus One movie poster: A White woman in a green dress and a White man in a red suit pose together in a room decorated for a festive wedding.

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The bar isn't set particularly high for made-for-TV Christmas movies, and this is another that's entertaining enough, but relies heavily on exposition and formula rather than its script or acting. Sevier tries his best with a generic role, and Leighton Alexander Williams adds a knowing wink as the local barista, but there's very little sparkle in Christmas Plus One despite the festive settings and jingly music. The relationship between sisters Cara and Amy is sweet and supportive, and a good example for kids, and there are messages about following dreams and encouraging others, which add a positive element. Hardcore fans of Christmas will no doubt give this a free pass as a harmless festive tale, though others may well be disappointed by the stilted interactions and lack of imagination.

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