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Holiday Twist

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Ho-hum Christmas comedy has positive messages.

Movie PG 2023 106 minutes
Holiday Twist Movie Poster: The three main characters

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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Must Watch not only for Holidays!

Silly at times, but a great movie! It's inspirational and fun. I loved the burglars, they were adorable and funny! I think this movie is great for families with kids, and people who L O V E Christmas! The only thing i didn't like about this movie was that it was so short - I'm hoping for the sequel!
age 10+

A good twist on a Christmas movie! Holidaytwist

Holiday Twist...It's not your average run of the mill Christmas movie. It's kind of... life changing. We are all imperfect human beings in some perfect way. The story is about improving your thoughts and actions so you can be a light for everyone around you. At some point we all need help to see the light. And it's important for us to be the light when someone else can't see. These simple acts of give and take, fill life's journey with joy. Uplifting, heartwarming, holiday classic, fresh comedic and original story that is also emotionally driven. Give Holiday twist a try my kids and I loved it.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
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It would be a stretch to call this Christmas comedy good, but its good intentions are obvious. First-time writer-director Stephanie Garvin clearly has her heart in the right place, but whether she's trying to hit a bingo-card's worth of Christmas movie cliches with a knowing wink or is unintentionally being derivative isn't unclear, there's just waaaaaay too much going on. There's an angel and a Santa who change the perspective of a disillusioned protagonist, bumbling thieves (Neal McDonough, Brian Thomas Smith) who break in to steal Christmas presents, a grinchy person whose heart grows three sizes in one day, a soaring original holiday song, and, of course, a Christmas miracle.

While Garvin needs to work on story structure, her dialogue is entertaining. And it's elevated by Stables, whose cheery, chummy delivery makes even her cattiest comments come off as cute, helping viewers see Connie's potential and root for her to get her priorities straight. An interesting cast has been assembled for the film, and while not everyone in it should pursue more acting gigs, they all do offer something special to the film, from an incredible singing voice to a glimpse of real-life inspiration. Overall, this is a ho-hum holiday rehash, but still, thanks to the positive messages and a fantastic closing number from Jake Miller with choreography by Abby Lee Miller (Dance Moms), there's a warm-cup-of-cocoa feeling about the whole thing that's hard to shake.

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