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David and the Elves

By Jennifer Borget, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Slow holiday comedy has mild language and a grumpy Santa.

Movie NR 2021 105 minutes
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Family Christmas movies usually bring on the warm and fuzzies, but in David and the Elves we get a grumpy Santa who swears and smokes and doesn't seem to like people. Though there are some positive messages about friendship and love sprinkled through the movie, these messages aren't really clear and the story is slow going. The movie starts out promising as we get the idea of where it's headed, but then the plot loses momentum and it takes a while to get to the point. Then once we do reach it, it feels a bit anticlimactic and rushed.

The production quality is fine, with some fun special effects and decent acting, including the English dubs, and it's nice seeing two parents in prominent roles in the film, as well as Mrs. Claus, who helps bring Santa to his senses. The movie does have some laughs and fun moments, but the surprising amount of swearing and smoking for a Christmas movie might turn families off.

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