Lost at Christmas

Movie review by
Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media
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Lackluster Christmas romcom has drinking, moderate language.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 100 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Christmas is about coming together and supporting each other. The importance of not making assumptions about people's lives or to push your agenda on others. Openness and discussion help overcome problems.

Positive Role Models

Initially Jen and Rob are very self-involved following recent heartbreaks, but gradually learn to listen, empathize, and act kindly toward each other. Most of the people they encounter have experienced sadness but learn to allow warmth and joy into their lives. One character is revealed to have a long-term affair.

Violence

There is a verbal altercation between parents that causes a child to hide in a cupboard. A character is punched in the face, resulting in some blood from the nose. A car is stolen and driven recklessly. Death of partners is mentioned on a number of occasions. There is a moment of mild peril when a character is lost in the snow.

Sex

Characters kiss and are shown in bed in their underwear, suggesting they have just had sex. People in a bar place bets on whether two characters will sleep together and make a few mild sexual references.

Language

Frequent language includes "s--t," "bastard," "d--k," "arse," "bugger," "wanker," "bloody," and "crap." A character says the first half of the word "motherf----r."

Consumerism

Some scenes involving Christmas shopping.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters drink whiskey and other alcoholic drinks in a bar and bedroom setting, as well as wine with a meal. Cigarettes are smoked on a few occasions.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Lost at Christmas is a British festive romantic comedy that includes frequent -- but fairly mild -- language. Jen (Natalie Clark) and Rob (Kenny Boyle), both of whom are emotionally distressed following breakups, become stranded in the Scottish Highlands during a snowstorm, so decide to team up in an attempt to get home for Christmas. Characters swear frequently, including "s--t," "bastard," and "bugger." Being a romcom, expect plenty of romance. Characters are seen in bed in just their underwear, the suggestion being they have just had sex. There are also sexual references, the mention of a long-term affair, and a group of characters place bets with each other on whether a couple will have sex or not. Characters are seen drinking alcohol, but never to excess, and some smoke cigarettes. There is mild peril when a character is lost alone in the snow, and a car is stolen and driven haphazardly. A character is punched in the face and a child hides in a cupboard to avoid their parents' fight. Despite some frequent low-level arguments and unkindness, characters ultimately band together to support each other and spread Christmas joy.

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What's the story?

In LOST AT CHRISTMAS, Jen (Natalie Clark) and Rob (Kenny Boyle) travel to the Scottish Highlands to spend Christmas with their respective partners. But when their trips don't turn out as planned and their relationships fall apart, they find themselves stuck in an unfamiliar place in the middle of a snowstorm, with little hope of getting home. Begrudgingly they agree to pool their resources and drive to Glasgow. But severe weather strands them in a small village, where they slowly thaw each other's clothes and hearts.

Is it any good?

A painfully predictable plot, clunky script, and general lack of energy give this generic holiday film a lackluster feel. Even as characters are forced apart, come together, and get lost in the snow, the story never quite hits its highs and lows convincingly enough to create much drama or emotional investment.

Highland snowscapes look naturally beautiful, and scenes in the pub might have been good fun if the movie leaned into the off-kilter quirkiness of the landlord and locals with a little more spirit. Even what should be the joyful relief of a Christmas celebration never musters up much of a festive feel, leaving the overall experience lacking the sparkle a holiday movie like this so desperately needs.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Jen and Rob's relationship develops in Lost at Christmas. How does their behavior change during the movie? How do our past experiences shape our behavior toward others?

  • Discuss some of the language used in the movie. Does it seem necessary or excessive? What does it contribute to the movie?

  • How is drinking portrayed in the movie? Are there consequences? Why is that important?

  • How does this movie compare to other Christmas movies you have seen?

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