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Parents' Guide to

I Believe in Santa

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Festive holiday romance has mild language, drinking.

Movie PG 2022 90 minutes
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Not for young kids

If you have children questioning their belief in Santa do not watch this with them. The entire movie is about questioning Santa and gives more reasons why he may not be real. It’s honestly a depressing movie.

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Offering a twist on the usual holiday romance, this movie uses a relationship as the premise to question the meaning of Christmas (rather than vice versa). I Believe in Santa's idea that Santa is a global presence who transcends country and religion, and who transforms our world into something magical for a season every year, is given relatively serious debate among characters. On one side is the man who would rather be wrong having faith in something magical; on the other, the woman who thinks that Santa is a lie and has come to represent base consumption. It's almost enough to make you believe, or at least want to.

What's not so believable is the relationship between Tom and Lisa. Real-life husband and wife Ducey and Moore show surprisingly little chemistry in this film. The lack of any genuine desire keeps the film family-friendly but also kind of a dud in the romance department. And the Santa debate could be inappropriate for younger viewers. Religious viewers might take issue with the comparison between believing in Santa and believing in God. Best friends Sharon and Assan seem scripted solely to complement the main characters and provide diversity, as we don't learn much about them, especially Sharon.

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