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What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that teenage fans of the The Daily Show might be clamoring to see this Christmas movie starring Samantha Bee and Jason Jones. But be forewarned: the content pushes every conceivable limit, putting kids and teens in the midst of normally inappropriate settings (teen girls being ogled by family members, explicit sexual situations, heavy drinking and smoking, a suicide attempt). It's all played for humor, of course, but younger viewers might not be able to tell the difference.
What's the story?
It's Christmas 1985 and Gord Cooper (The Daily Show's Jason Jones) forgives his neighbor's $2000 debt when the neighbor gives him a video reorder. The family proceeds to tape Christmas day, which devolves significantly when Gord's estranged brother Tim shows up. The family nearly falls apart when skeletons come tumbling out of the closet.
Is it any good?
You think your family's dysfunctional? The Coopers' Christmas starts out pretty normal -- considering the fact that the adults smoke at the breakfast table and the neighbor is giving his sex tapes to the Cooper family so that they can record their holiday festivities over the smut-filled cassettes. But when Uncle Tim (Peter Keleghan) shows up and puts the moves on pregnant mama Nancy Cooper (Samantha Bee), family harmony gets flushed down the toilet.
Some of the funny stuff does rise above the morass, but the excessive drinking and the terribly lewd behavior of the adults is more shocking knowing that the person filming most of the content is 11-year-old son Teddy (Dylan Everett). Creepy behavior from adults who leer at young female relatives is a definite turn-off. In total, the gross, wasted, crass behavior takes much of the funny out of this comedy.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about how racy language can influence tweens and teens. What kind of language limits exist in your household? When, if ever, is it OK to use curse words or suggestive language? Does the company (kids, parents) change the kind of language you use?