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Coming Home for Christmas

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Sentimental holiday fare with strong messages about family.

Movie NR 2014 95 minutes
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COMING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS offers several strongly positive messages about family unity, especially during the holidays. It promotes the idea that family can take many shapes and that the important thing is to support the ones you love, forgive quickly, and not hold grudges. There's a particular focus on singing, dance, and music, and it's nice to see such positive relationships and community-minded messages. That said, the characters are all a bit too pure of heart, the conflict feels a bit forced, and the resolutions are extraordinarily tidy. The reuniting of separated or divorced parents as a film trope can be particularly misleading for kids with divorcing parents and may warrant discussion. But for parents and kids with a high tolerance for sentiment looking for some wholesome entertainment, it's wrapped neatly here in a lovely Canadian setting with snow, Christmas lights, and lots of holiday cheer.

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