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Christmas Town

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Cynical lead, mature themes drag down holiday film.

Movie G 2009 90 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

cute, wholesome movie

A cute movie; maybe the plot is a bit silly at times but wholesome entertainment. Didn't catch any swearing, no violence. And cute reindeer!

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age 5+

You are sadly mistaken my friend

I said steamed hams

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (4 ):

CHRISTMAS TOWN's premise is a bit far-fetched: A small town is devoted entirely to putting on a Christmas production that turns out to be not only a production after all. But it's not an out-there set-up that makes it a bit hard to take as a family film: It's the cynical single mom's near-constant inability to get into the spirit that makes the majority of the film drag.

For young kids looking to see the magic of Christmas, Santa, or anything like holiday cheer, Debbie Downer will not just stand in the way -- she'll confuse things altogether. In spite of these drawbacks, there's a family movie here with some strong messages about what it means to make amends, let go of the past, and have a little faith, and especially some good demonstrations of intergenerational relationships. Best for older kids with an attention span or understanding of such issues.

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