I'll Be Home for Christmas

Movie review by Common Sense Media, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 9+

Jon Taylor Thomas' yule tale charming for tweens.

PG 1998 86 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 4 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Really good movie

It is a very nice movie with a good message at the end. Also it is a good movie for the whole family. It does have some sex jokes but it goes over most kids head.

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Great messages
Too much sex
age 9+

bland story, good acting, good morals

Since I don't have any children I am writing from the perspective of an adult. Despite good acting, the story is bland. But again kids might like it. And it does teach the lesson that honesty is the best policy. When Jonathon Taylor Thomas's character gives up the promised Porsche not only willingly, but eagerly, there's the lesson that some things should not be done for material things, but for their own sake. The only major problem comes when Allie told Jake that she wanted a Christmas with snow, as if that's always necessary. Couldn't Jake's father have lived in Georgia rather than New York? And if he was going to have to live in New York, it should've been Buffalo or Syracuse or someplace like that. Too many movies are set up near New York City. It's high time that western New York get its due.

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