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Ghosts of Christmas Past

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Festive romance treads familiar path, has positive messages.

Movie NR 2021 87 minutes
Ghosts of Christmas Past: A young White blond woman and a young White man with black hair, smile in front of a snowy background.

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This festive TV movie is a play on the familiar Christmas theme of a character being given an ultimatum to change their ways before the clock strikes midnight. Ghosts of Christmas Past even references A Christmas Carol on a number of occasions and takes a fun angle on this tried-and-tested territory that owes a lot to the performances of its leads. This isn't as wide-eyed and cheesy as some holiday romances, with Clark making for a relatable lead and the relationships with both her brother and sister-in-law, as well as her colleague Charlie, believable and with a welcome dose of knowing sarcasm in places. It still has enough of the requisite warmth, with some sweet family moments and fittingly romantic ending, and the modern take doesn't diminish any of the positive messages or festive magic, making this a solid addition to the Christmas line-up.

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