A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Do the right thing, even if it's risky; believe in something; give people second chances.
Positive Role Models
Though role models are not necessarily overtly positive, assumptions are challenged. Tom's mother and stepfather are law-abiding and stable parents. Tom's biological father Steve has just gotten out of prison, and together they break rules and laws to help Santa and save the world. Some stereotypes, such as prisoners as bad people, are overturned, showing that inside each criminal is a person with a story -- and likely a lot of pain.
Violence & Scariness
Slapstick stumbles and falls. Some tough-guy intimidation in prison scenes. A van door pops open, knocking a police officer out cold. Two men brawl; a man punches another man in the face. A few high-speed chases. A man shoots a gun full of reindeer pellets at police. A woman's face is shown covered in reindeer poop.
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"Hell," "oh, God."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Get Santa is a British Christmas comedy about a son whose father, freshly released from prison, is determined to stay out of jail for good but finds himself tempted to break the law when the real Santa lands himself in jail and needs help. There are scenes about toughing it out in jail, divorced parents, childhood dysfunction that leads to a life of crime, some brawling, high-speed chases, a "hell" and an "oh, God" here and there, a punch or two, and a lot of rule- and law-breaking, all justified in the interest of saving the day. There's rude humor throughout, including reindeer who communicate exclusively by farting and a gun that shoots reindeer poop directly on a woman's face. Nothing terribly egregious, but the more mature themes and frequent prison setting probably make it best for older kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
GET SANTA has an entertaining enough premise. The real Santa shows up in town to deliver presents to children around the world, but instead he crashes his sleigh, lands up in jail, and has to win the loyalty of his fellow prisoners while he plans an exit strategy. That strategy is, oddly enough, recruiting the just-out-of-prison father of a young son, who desperately wants to avoid repeating his mistakes. What follows is nothing but opportunities to break the law, all to prove to his son that he's a stand-up guy and Santa is real. A certain age of kid likely will find reindeer who communicate by farting a real gas, and there's a grittiness here that has fun with typical Christmas comedies without pushing it too far out of the family realm. Plus, there are some valiant attempts to soften and reframe the harsh stereotype of prisoner into an unfortunate adult who also was once a kid -- and maybe one who got a bum deal at that.
But there's no real consequences for any of the broken rules and damaged property in the quest to save Santa, and some of the heavier themes here -- divorce, imprisonment, the recidivism rate -- make this more suitable for youngsters able to grasp why dads sometimes go to prison.
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