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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Marry Me for Christmas is a made-for-TV romantic comedy about coming home for Christmas. Although the focus is mostly on romantic relationships, this fairly clean movie is tame enough for tweens and adults, though both may be bored by the dialogue-heavy script. There's a lot of talk about getting married and falling in love but only a few kisses between couples. There is some iffy behavior, such as characters lying to family members and each other, but most learn the hazards of dishonesty by the end. Some parents may be concerned with the dated stereotypes about women (they all relish nagging and bossing their husbands around) and the message that a woman should put finding a husband above her career. There are also many obvious Walmart product placements that may bother some viewers.
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What's the story?
Marci (Malinda Williams) hasn't been home for Christmas in years to avoid her family's pressure to settle down and start a family, even though her business is just starting to take off. But when her favorite cousin announces she's leaving the country, Marci decides to make the trip home, dragging her assistant, Adam (Brad James), along to ensure they get their work done. When Marci's family assumes Adam is her new beau, the two play along to try to keep the trip running smoothly. But when the pressure of meeting her extended family and friends starts to take its toll, Adam's good intentions start to become suspect. And when childhood friend Blair (Carl Payne) starts to act jealous, Marci has to decide what, and whom, she really wants.
Is it any good?
Although it has a few mildly funny moments, there are too many dangling plot points, clichés, and stereotypes to make this a memorable Christmas film. There are too many relationship tangles in the midst of Merry Me for Christmas, making it hard to know what to focus on or whom to root for. And despite the abundance of characters and plot twists, the dialogue mostly focuses on Marci insisting on how much work she has to do and her family's insistence that she forget about work and start making babies. It feels lame and dated and probably isn't a message most parents want to share, though most tweens and teens would probably be too bored to stick with this movie anyway.
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