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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Family will support you, no matter what. Always do the right thing, even if that interferes with success. Some dated and sexist messages that a woman should put having a husband and family above her career and that all women live to sit around and nag the men in their lives.
Positive Role Models
Even though she makes bad choices, such as lying to her family about her relationship, Marci ultimately chooses to put doing the right thing above taking the fast track to success.
Violence & Scariness
One character shoves another.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Lots of tame talk about adult relationships. A few kisses between couples.
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Products & Purchases
Many obvious references to Walmart, plus strategic placement of Walmart shopping bags.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Two characters hold unopened bottles of beer but never open or drink them.
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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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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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