A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Tradition is important. Christmas is a time of year to be with the people you love. Challenge yourself, pursue your dreams, and help others to grow. Sometimes opposites attract and differences can make you compatible.
Positive Role Models
Cara and Amy are both kind, loving sisters and have a very close relationship. Cara says, "I'd do anything for my sister." Cara is idealistic and believes in fate and true love, but gradually learns that love might look different in reality. Michael is initially closed off to the Christmas spirit, though it's revealed there is sadness behind it in his past, and he is able to open himself up to joy and connection again.
Central romance is between a White man and woman, but her initial love interest is a Black man called Chace (Andrew Bushell). The central family is White, though there is some diversity among the supporting cast, including Pete the barista and Michael's editor, who are both Black, and Giles the Christmas tree seller, who is East Asian.
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Violence & Scariness
Mention of dead father.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Romance and finding one's soulmate is at the heart of the film. Kisses on lips, flirting, dancing at wedding.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink eggnog, but not to excess.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Christmas Plus One is a tame made-for-TV festive romance about a woman who makes a wish with her sister to both find their soulmate. Cara (Emily Alatalo) believes she has met hers on a journey home the following Christmas, but loses his contact details and decides to visit all the holiday spots they talked about to find him in time for her sister Amy's (Vanessa Smythe) wedding. There are positive messages about the importance of family and following your dreams. But the narrative itself is quite generic and a little lackluster. Characters kiss on the lips and there is mention of the death of a father, but little else to concern or offend. This will appeal to kids and adults who enjoy an easy Christmas romance with plenty of sparkly lights and not too many surprises. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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