A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The holidays are about family and being together with the ones you love. Fear of death is worse than dying, and fear of living is worse than fear of dying.
Positive Role Models
Extended family members care for each other in ways both big and small. Two elderly adults play mean pranks on each other.
The film is shot in Mexico in Spanish. One man is British and doesn't appear to speak Spanish, but he understands it and Spanish speakers understand his English. Two men are married and have a son; they discuss his gendering and their expectations for who he will become.
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Violence & Scariness
Two people play pranks on each other, leading to a lot of mosquito bites and a sunburn. Someone unmoors a sailboat and the people on it have to be rescued. A man has a panic attack that seems to be a heart attack, sending him to the hospital.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing, flirting, a couple discusses "moving the bed" and are seen lying in bed next to each other, naked under the covers. Someone mentions Viagra.
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"F--k," "s--t," "goddamnit," "damnit," "damn," "a--hole," "crappy," "hell," "bastard," "jeez," "screw," "God," "pee," "idiot," "stupid." The film was reviewed in Spanish with English subtitles.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults smoke cigarettes, bongs, and joints, and they drink beer, wine, and liquor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the Mexican family comedy Grumpy Christmas has a lot of language, characters smoking cigarettes and marijuana, and some sexual references. The message of the film is that the holidays are about caring for family and being together with the ones you love. Among the extended family and non-family members in the film are a homosexual couple with a young son, two young people who are sleeping together (seen under covers in a bed and referencing "moving the bed" together), two older people who have an attraction and kiss (there's mention of Viagra), and a married couple weathering marital difficulties and a new pregnancy. An older English man with them smokes marijuana from a bong, gifts his wife a bong for Christmas, and gives two adults a joint to try. Another man smokes cigarettes, and most of the adults drink alcohol. Two people play mean pranks on each other, and one is rushed to the hospital for what appears to be a heart attack. Language in the English subtitles includes "f--k," s--t," "goddamnit," "damnit," "damn," "a--hole," "crappy," "hell," "bastard," "jeez," "screw," "God," "pee," "idiot," and "stupid." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Awkward pacing, humor, and characterizations undermine what might have been a pleasant family Christmas movie from Mexico. Despite good intentions, Grumpy Christmas falls flat. Characters over-react, especially veteran Angelica Maria as the easily-scandalized aunt, and situations feel forced. Short scenes are strangely spliced together. A character speaking only English to his Mexican friends (but seemingly understanding the Spanish just fine) comes across as odd. This film might play well with a local audience, but others can skip it.
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