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Christmas with a Capital C

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Heavy-handed drama about keeping the Christ in Christmas.

Movie NR 2011 81 minutes
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CHRISTMAS WITH A CAPITAL C is a movie that won't matter much to you that it's well shot (it is), well acted (it mostly is), and well intentioned (it totally is). What will matter in a movie with an agenda this obvious is which side of this argument you're on, and if you're on the wrong one, it will be hard to enjoy it or be moved much. It sets out to be a film about tolerance and the true spirit of Christmas, and on some level, it accomplishes this. The Christians in the movie find a way around a legal loophole preventing them from celebrating only Christmas by acting in good faith -- with kindness and good acts, they strategize, they can still show others what Christmas is all about, even if they have to say "happy holidays" instead of "merry Christmas."

It's the portrayal of the other side that docks points in this film's misguided attempt at balance. Here, the atheist character is not a reasonable, morally good non-believer whose point of view has merit but an embittered, lonely, grumpy, opportunistic weasel nursing old grudges, a "God hater." What might have been a heartfelt look at how we can incorporate multiple perspectives and still appreciate our fellow man is instead a film that takes a shortcut at having to truly grasp another point of view and, instead, makes an easy scapegoat out of its opponent. It chooses only to preach to the choir -- and succeeds.

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