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Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special

By Marina Gordon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Queen of Christmas brings glamour to a muted holiday season.

Movie NR 2020 43 minutes
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We couldn’t see past the boobs

This would have been such a cute show without the excessive need to show boobs. Note that I’m not saying cleavage, but full on boobs without the nipple. Understand that this, apparently, is what Mariah is known for but I didn’t know that before I sat down with my kids family to watch. In the spirit of not trying to body shame and to keep in the Christmas spirit, I didn’t say anything, hoping that a less revealing dress would soon appear. But it did not, so I wasn’t shocked when my kids started talking about how weird it was that a grown woman felt the need to show so much boob in a family show. Bets were placed on which boob would pop completely out first and that was the talk until the end of the show. The show lost its Christmas voice before it even started.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The Queen of Christmas delivers exactly what Mariah Carey fans want in for the holidays: 11 familiar songs, seven-plus costume changes, and whistle tones that could shatter glass. The gossamer-thin story of Santa (whom we don't see) relying on Carey to generate Christmas spirit sounds a lot like the Elf plot, but the pleasure of seeing Billy Eichner (as Santa's secretary) running around frantically and delightedly interacting with Carey makes up for any redundancy.

The story does seem shoehorned into the gaps around the songs that take center stage in this production. Particularly confusing was the presence of young Mykal-Michelle Harris from Mixed-ish as "Young Mimi" in scenes with Carey's real-life children Moroccan and Monroe. Is she supposed to represent young Carey? Is she supposed to be a friend who has nowhere to be on Christmas? Don't think too hard about it -- just enjoy a sparkly, shiny, 43 minutes of songs, dancing, mild humor, and holiday cheer.

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