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It's a Wonderful Knife

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Blood and gore in thin, passable holiday slasher comedy.

Movie R 2023 90 minutes
It's a Wonderful Knife Movie Poster: A masked, hooded killer stabs a knife into a snow globe containing a depiction of a sweet little town

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This thin but likable holiday slasher comedy just skates by on its good cheer and enthusiastic performances. The 1946 classic It's a Wonderful Life dedicated 100 minutes to George Bailey's life up until the moment he wished he'd never been born, but in It's a Wonderful Knife, Winnie does it in less than 30 minutes. And that's not really enough to feel the sentiment -- it seems more like she's having a tantrum than a real crisis of conscience. Moreover, the original movie's powerful themes are supplanted here by a lightweight romance and an un-scary serial killer who looks as if Ghostface from the Scream movies had accidentally bleached his outfit.

But then we have Long as the villainous Waters -- modeled after IAWL's Old Man Potter -- deliciously delivering smarmy line readings while calculating how to cheat everyone and make himself more powerful. Widdop gets in some funny moments as Winnie, and her relationship with McLeod's Bernie is effortlessly endearing. Many of the supporting characters offer amusing moments, too. Plus, how can you not love a Christmas horror movie that climaxes in a movie theater that's playing something called I Know What You Did Last Christmas? It's a Wonderful Knife may not win any awards, but, decorated with snow and glittering lights, it's a pleasantly diverting holiday entertainment for those who don't mind a little something from the Naughty List.

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