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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
"Happiness is contagious." Great satisfaction comes from bringing joy to others. Setting positive goals and working toward those goals results in success.
Positive Role Models
Men from a variety of backgrounds, lifestyles, and economic circumstances have a common passion, and each pursues that passion with vitality and determination. Mick Foley, a well-known professional wrestler, shows a childlike, sweet side, which contradicts his ferocious wrestling persona. No ethnic diversity.
Violence & Scariness
Some professional wrestling scenes show participants engaged in throws, hard falls, holds.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Considerable time is spent with a gay Santa Claus and focuses on his loving relationship with his long-distance partner. Scenes from an annual event -- the Texas Bear Round-Up (TBRU), a gay celebration -- show men of all shapes and sizes dancing, partying, and wearing everything from G-strings to S&M attire. Several scenes are devoted to a frank discussion about a prominent member of a Santa Claus association who is part of a "swinger" subculture and engages in unorthodox sexual practices, including management of a sex club.
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One Santa Claus swears frequently: "f--k," "a--holes," "s--t," "banged up," "piece of ass," and "Jesus."
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Products & Purchases
IHOP, Chef Boyardee.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some social drinking, cigar smoking. One Santa gets very drunk on his birthday.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that I Am Santa is a documentary that colorfully depicts one year in the lives of five Santa Clauses. The film examines the lifestyles, relationships, and preparation highlights that lead up to the one month between Thanksgiving and Christmas during which these Santas shine. The stories are either poignant, lighthearted, provocative, or a combination of the three; all tend to surprise. A struggling Santa Claus swears ("f--k," "s-t," "assholes"), gets very drunk in one scene, and is highly opinionated. A gay Santa deals with a difficult long-distance romance and attends an unorthodox, sexy celebration of scantily clad gay men. A wrestling star brings an innocent obsession with all things Santa Claus to his world. Their commonality is their Santa-ness: the heartwarming, shared experience of bringing joy to everyone during the holiday season. Definitely not meant for kids, with the exception of mature teens. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
You might not like every Santa you meet here, but they'll engage you, often surprise you, and never, ever bore you. Mick Foley's sincerity and artlessness is a delight; he makes parenting seem a gift that keeps on giving. Santa Jim, like some of the kids he greets, can't hold back his tears; in his 70s, he seems committed to life as a young man. Russell Spice's duality is astounding; his story has heartbreak around every corner. Tommy Avallone and producer Morgan Spurlock have done a terrific job of letting these men and their lives speak for themselves; no narration necessary. Caution: Although it's as an examination of a culture that's distinctly associated with children, I Am Santa Claus is for adults and mature teens only.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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