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 3 parent reviews

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.
age 14+

DO NOT WATCH THIS IF YOUR KID BELIEVES IN SANTA

This movie had many long, boring, and depressing scenes in which there were detailed discussions about the existence of Santa and how stupid it was if somebody did believe in him. One character is ridiculed for believing in Santa and every possible reason for not believing in Santa was given, multiple times, in detail. Even if your child doesn’t believe in Santa, the whole thing is sort of the opposite of the Christmas spirit, even though it pretends to be all about it. I can’t even believe that this is PG (though there were not that many inappropriate parts) without some warning to parents. it’s too bad that even movies that don’t have any inappropriate parts still are not good for children. I’m imagining many children’s holidays being completely ruined by this movie. It also even gives an age limit (twice) where it says that no one (sane, it’s implied) over 10 should believe in Santa. And it wasn’t even even a good movie or very funny at all. a total waste. I’m writing this review to hopefully prevent some children’s hearts from being broken and Christmases from being ruined.

Is It Any Good?

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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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