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Dear Santa

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

So-so holiday romcom has some innuendo.

Movie NR 2011 90 minutes
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This is one of those predictable romantic comedies set during the holidays, with the expected Christmas miracles and message of love always managing to find a way. Amy Acker comes across as sweet as she transforms over the course of the movie from NYC trust fund party girl to dogged defender of homeless shelters, widowers, and little girls with selfless Christmas wishes, but there's no getting around the fact that the characters are as stock as you can get. Besides Crystal's character, there's the token effeminate sassy gay man dishing out sage yet catty wisdom, the cold-as-ice current girlfriend who just isn't right for the male lead character, and the aforementioned male lead character, who is ruggedly handsome, sensitive, altruistic, and down on his luck.

Perhaps the best thing that can be said about Dear Santa is that it does try to imbue the homeless characters with a certain dignity, humanity, and personality rather than relying on typical representations of homeless people in movies -- that is, as little more than pathetic wretches grateful to receive any act of charity, no matter how small. Nonetheless, the movie never really tries to venture very far from the tried-and-true conventions of this genre.

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