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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Stresses importance of family, holiday spirit, and generosity. "It's not what you got, it's what you got around you."
Positive Role Models
Single parent is loving, committed to his kids, loyal, honest, and hardworking, but has allowed his kids to become materialistic and selfish. Circumstances help him teach his kids value of family, working together, and simple pleasures. Villains are greedy corporate types. Females are assertive, competent, and independent.
Violence & Scariness
A scuffle between two men. No injuries.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kisses. Mild sexual innuendo when a female executive tries to entice a male employee.
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An occasional expletive: "damn," "hell," "butt," "ass," "crap." A mention of "poop."
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Products & Purchases
U-Haul, Thigh-Master, Pepsi-Cola.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A couple drinks wine. Two people briefly share an adult beverage; the female appears to be tipsy.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Holiday Rush is a comedy in which economic setbacks upend the affluent lifestyle of a widowed New York D.J. and his spoiled kids just before the holiday. What the Williams family first sees as a disaster may be just what they need to find the "true meaning of Christmas." There's some sadness in the film as family members recall their deceased wife/mom. Viewers can expect occasional mild swearing, including "damn," "hell," "crap," "ass." Two men scuffle; neither is hurt. A couple drinks wine; in one scene a woman, who appears to be tipsy, has a drink with a subordinate and is seductive. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In spite of its conventional Christmas message, uneven performances, and a routine story about one-upping farcical corporate greed, this comedy offers some heartwarming moments. The premise is thin -- giving up a cold mansion filled with goodies to move to a lovely middle-class home with "only a six-foot Christmas tree" wouldn't be a tragedy for most. And a last-minute emotional reveal is a convenience at best. Still, there are few African American family movies and Holiday Rush should appeal to all ethnicities, so it will find an audience.
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