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DreamWorks Home: For the Holidays

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Sweet, silly holiday special will make young kids giggle.

Movie NR 2017 45 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 2+

What imbecile created this?

This was the weirdest, strangest, nonsensical garbage I've seen in a while. It's so bad that we turned it off a few minutes into it... In the middle of a weird song about latkes. The Home movie was fun and our kids liked it a lot. This is a horrible, lets-try-to-capitalize-on-it-and-make-somthing-about-christmas type show. It has no real plot other than to do weird flashy animation with voices that sound almost like the originals, but definitely not the real ones. There isn't anything... bad in the drugs, guns, or cussing... but IMHO it's basically a throwaway piece of junk. Do yourselves and your kids a favor and don't put this junk in their brains.
age 12+

Fairly Stupid

I put this special on for my children and was immidently distracted by the bad art. Other than that, it started out okay. Then A pink Boov woman sang about how much she loved being surrounded by muscular men and reciving gifts. She shook her chest in the camera. There was then a song about Ladkas, and how a boy is obsesed with eating them until he becomes morbidly obese. I was offended. They had the NERVE to mention Hannakuh, but no Jesus! I did like how there was a bit of a positive message about being careful with tuning Jesus out of CHRISTmas.

This title has:

Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (2):

With absurd, kid-pleasing humor, genuinely catchy and fun songs, and appealing and diverse voice talent, this holiday special is a winner. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the Boov's fractured takes on holiday traditions in Home: For the Holidays. In one tune, they sing about the joys of pulling "socks off humans' feet," and filling them "full of Christmas meat," and of Santa letting you sit on his lap and granting you a bushy beard if you're good. Ask kids to point out what the Boov get wrong: They made a snowman out of old tires! They kiss a reindeer! Carols are "harmonic hollering"!

The plot basically revolves around the Boov, Tip, and everyone else learning the true meaning of Christmas, through the device of a holiday special -- featuring Ben Schwartz and Kelly Clarkson! -- that goes cosmically wrong before everyone pulls together to make things right. But it's all an excuse to gently send up holiday icons, and to be very silly, and kids will love it. We wouldn't be surprised if your kids start shouting out "Bells of aggression!" when they hear a holiday charity bell-ringer in front of a store, or if they want to add this show to the traditional holiday special rotation.

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