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Christmas with the Campbells

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Funny romcom spoofs holiday fare; salty language, drinking.

Movie NR 2022 88 minutes
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age 17+

Based on 1 parent review

age 17+

Wow, surprising amount of sexual references

This is a movie for mature people and has a shocking amount of serious swearing and sexual references.

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Legitimately and sometimes outrageously funny -- and definitely not for kids -- this comedy from writer-producer Vaughn spikes the intoxicating cider of a certain brand of Christmas movies. Similar to the way that Enchanted parodied a Disney princess movie while also being a thoroughly fantastic Disney princess movie, Christmas with the Campbells spoofs the Hallmark-style holiday romance while being a laugh-out-loud, completely entertaining gift of a romcom.

Directed by Clare Niederpruem (The Christmas Bow) and written by Barbara Kymlicka (Baby, It's Cold Inside) -- both of whom are known for creating squeaky-clean made-for-the-small-screen Christmas romances -- Campbells hits all of the "hallmarks" of a holiday heart warmer. Snow is perfectly cast as Jesse, the typical heroine of these kinds of films: She's an aspirational yet relatable early 30s White woman who's been dumped a week before Christmas by her obviously unworthy boyfriend Shawn (Moffat puts his "guy with a boat" character from SNL to good use). After her meet-cute with David (Long, who delivers his lines like a bespoke Sam Elliott mixed with Ted Lasso), the two traipse through the quaint small town of Ketchum and bond over the joys of nature, small-town life, and the pursuit of passions that don't result in material wealth. Slightly souring the eggnog is the beautiful owner (Joanna Garcia Swisher) of the local bakery, who has her pies set on both David and Shawn. Whatever will happen?! You can probably guess, but in answering the question, this saucy, playful pic provides two hours of ha-ha-holiday fun.

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