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Merry Kissmas

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Terrible holiday romcom is worse than stale fruitcake.

Movie NR 2015 89 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Sexual Harassment makes it possible!

In this film, one of the first themes we are presented with is the ongoing sexual harassment of the lead male character in an elevator by an older lady, to which he only laments that the only women interested in him could be his grandmother. Then, when he is forcibly kissed by the female lead character in the same elevator, he tells his cousin about it and when asked if it was the old lady, he replies: "No, it was a real woman." Umm. So being old takes away your status of being a woman? Seriously? How did this horrid statement make it into the script??? I don't know when or if we will ever get to the point where sexual harassment of any gender is not depicted as some kind of comical interlude or when people will stop being openly hateful towards those who are older. Perhaps one day, in 20 years, we will look back on archaic films such as this and shake our heads in horror the way we now do with inappropriate themes from the 70s or 80s.

Is It Any Good?

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Twinkly music trickles behind many scenes in this movie, and the sheer lack of imagination that this signals should tell potential viewers all they need to know. This is a terrible, badly written retread of the old girl-with-the-wrong guy meets the Right Guy just before (pick one) a) her engagement party b) her wedding or c) her trip to somewhere far, far away. Carlton gets everyone's names wrong over and over. No amount of Christmas decoration is enough for him, we're told, because his father never let him celebrate Christmas. That's about as deep as it gets with regard to character development.

General incompetence characterizes the movie. The location chosen to stand in for a five-star hotel lobby is always strangely empty, apart from the presence of the movie's actors. Why didn't the director ask a few crew members to mill about to suggest the illusion of an actual lobby? There are quite a few continuity issues, the most obvious when Carlton calls Kayla, demanding she meet him at the theater seemingly for some kind of work-related emergency. In the next scene, she arrives not at the theater but at his hotel room. The real sign that the filmmakers had no idea what they were doing is indicated at a standstill in the plot: Kayla leaves, goes back to, and then leaves and goes back to her fiance yet again. So what gets everyone to forget what the heck the plot was supposed to be doing and say, "Awwww"? Puppies!! Honest to goodness. In one scene three characters sit around cuddling puppies at an animal shelter. Awwww.

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