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How the Gringo Stole Christmas

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Painfully bad Christmas comedy has language, pratfalls.

Movie PG-13 2023 81 minutes
How the Gringo Stole Christmas Movie Poster: Claudia (Emily Tosta), Leif (Jack Kilmer, wearing a Santa hat), Bennie (George Lopez), and Gabbi (Mariana Treviño), stand left-to-right, looking sheepish

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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 15+

Racism is not funny.

George Lopez shows his true colors in this film. Gringo is slang for White Man. You can put two and two together to figure this out. Don't bother with this film.
age 13+

Don’t waste your time

This movie was horrible. It’s very offensive to Mexicans.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (4 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

A surefire contender for one of the worst Christmas movies ever made, this painfully unfunny comedy is filled with characters and behaviors so thoughtless and misguided that it's flat-out insulting. The set-up is pretty stale (see everything from Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? to Meet the Parents), and the filmmakers have nothing to add to it. Bennie acts irrationally throughout, and Leif makes all the usual rookie mistakes. The humor, if it can be called that, includes a few typical slapstick moments, but the rest of it is beyond stupid. And it's actually worse than stupid -- it's ignorant. The movie tries to create laughs with characters who pay no attention to anything going on around them, as if each character existed only in their own void. Perhaps most perplexing is the decision to include a Greek Chorus of three vatos who hang around near a car parked across the street, watching all the action, dancing, and throwing out their own nonsensical one-liners. Certainly Latino audiences hoping for culturally specific holiday cheer can do better than How the Gringo Stole Christmas; the far superior Nothing Like the Holidays is recommended instead.

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