A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
One who brings happiness to others finds it. Life is short so take chances and explore opportunities. Treat people kindly no matter their station in life -- or yours. Relationships should be more important than money. Better to beg for forgiveness than ask permission. Love has no limits -- if you let it grow, your heart only gets bigger.
Positive Role Models
Carter is a grown man in search of his path in life. He has floated by on his family's wealth and his charm, never finishing what he starts, but his spoiled behavior is wearing thin on people's patience. Neither he nor his wealthy mother treats people kindly. The people he meets in wine country don't have his wealth or success, but they are kind and generous.
A White man falls for a Latina widow who sometimes speaks Spanish with her two young sons (and has an accent in English). Her background and heritage are not addressed. He also befriends a local Black shopkeeper. Characters come from different social classes. A woman suggests a boy put on weight quickly because "he's Samoan."
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Violence & Scariness
A family has lost their husband/father to cancer. Another character also lost his father as a child. Boys fall off skateboards and snowboards but walk away fine (in one scene, their mother has them wrapped in bubble wrap for safety). One man punches another in the stomach.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A wealthy playboy wakes up from an apparent bender on a golf course with two women in short dresses. A groundskeeper seems to suggest the two might be sex workers. A man and a woman flirt and kiss. Women ogle a man and call him "hot" and "sexy." Characters joke about putting the "sin" in "Cindy" or lessons learned in sex ed. A couple does a sexy dance that ends with a kiss.
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"Hell," "ass," "crap," "sucks," "stupid," "idiot."
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Products & Purchases
Two characters are extremely wealthy and make business decisions based on profit rather than values. They treat waitstaff and others poorly.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The film turns on winemakers and sellers, so wine is the topic of discussion and appreciation, and a lot of wine is consumed. A young man drinks to excess and to escape responsibilities. Women drink copious amounts of wine together regularly.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that romcom Holiday in the Vineyards is set in wine country, so drinking and appreciating wine is a theme. A young man drinks to excess and to escape responsibilities. Women drink copious amounts of wine together regularly. Sexual content includes flirtation, mild kissing, and a sexy dance. Two women regularly gawk at a handsome man in tight shirts or shirtless, and there is some suggestive language. A man wakes up from an apparent bender on a golf course with two women in short dresses. A groundskeeper seems to suggest the two might be sex workers. A wealthy playboy learns about the value of hard work and finishing what he starts. He falls for a Latina widower and single mom, befriending her sons who, like him, lost their father young. There is some language (like "hell," "ass," "crap," and "sucks"), and lots of platitudes about happiness, love, and making the most of life before it's over. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's nothing unpredictable about this wine country-set, holiday-themed romance, but this one is a notch above others. Talents behind Holiday in the Vineyards also worked on the two A California Christmas films, A Hollywood Christmas, and That's Amor. In fact, they seem to have created a cottage industry of formulaic romcoms with a mostly Northern California setting. It's Hallmark meets Netflix. Big-city boy encounters down-home girl in wine country and learns about the simpler pleasures of a life dedicated to land and family rather than wheeling and dealing.
Star Swickard is a regular in these films, sometimes across his real-life wife Lauren (with whom he has a lot more chemistry than he does with his Vineyard costar, the Argentina-born Rodriguez). The film is built on his on-screen charisma. Much ado is made of his physique: he's regularly posed shirtless or in a tight tee for the ladies to ogle, so much so that his character says he's "feeling objectified." One of his oglers suggests reality TV has made people believe the world is "filled with sexy carpenters." Reality TV -- and Netflix romcoms.
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