Naughty & Nice

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgas..., Common Sense Media
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Predictable faith-based holiday tale won't engage kids.
  • PG
  • 2014
  • 89 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Sometimes a crusty exterior covers up a good heart. Don't settle for Mr. Almost Right.

 

Positive Role Models & Representations

After her father dies, Sandra leaves her psychology practice in Chicago and moves back to rural Colorado to be with her grieving mother. A nice guy's heart is broken by a cheating girlfriend. He becomes cynical and hardened until he meets the right woman.
 

Violence

It's reported that an older man dies after having sex with his wife.
 

Sex

Two adults kiss. Making out is mentioned. A 92-year-old man asks a call-in show if he should have sex with his wife after a successful heart valve replacement.

Language

"Friggin,'" "skank," "schmuck," "ass," "heck," and "twit."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Naughty & Nice is a 2014 faith-based TV movie first aired on a cable channel originally called The Gospel Music Channel. The movie features a self-absorbed Los Angeles radio host who relishes his big-city success, salary, and renown but learns that the love of a good woman is more important. A couple kisses. Language includes "friggin'" and "ass." It's reported that an older man dies after having sex with his wife. A 92-year-old man asks a call-in show if he should have sex with his wife after a successful heart valve replacement. Kids looking for more of a Christmas story may be bored.

 

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What's the story?

NAUGHTY & NICE punishes rude Los Angeles radio jock Pepper (Tilky Jones) after his on-air behavior offends a major advertiser. On suspension, he is sent by corporate to man a romantic advice show in a small Colorado town. The place is populated by decent and sincere people, including his sweet co-host, Sandra Love (Haylie Duff). Never has a jerk more obviously needed the help of a good woman. They take an immediate dislike to each other and romance blossoms from there.

Is it any good?

This movie is a vapid retread of a tired old plot that's unlikely to appeal to kids. A nice girl meets a crude and angry guy, gets to know the true person beneath his snarky layer of protection, and falls deeply in love with him, all in 89 minutes. This DJ's snark won him high ratings in L.A. but earns the wrath of his new co-host in rural Colorado. "You're smug, crude, and use people's lives to get a cheap laugh. We don't do that on my show," says the psychology PhD to the new guy. But, oops, she says it into a live mic and the broadcast conflict raises her show's ratings, too. Naturally, she is shocked when he quotes Christian scripture to help cue a kid who has forgotten her lines in the Christmas pageant, a plot device used to humanize the demon from the Big City. So expect mention of "lying in a manger," "glory to God," and "a multitude of heavenly hosts." Because Naughty & Nice was made for television, there are many blackouts for ads.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how first impressions can sometimes be wrong. Why do you think some people like to present themselves as tougher than they really are inside?

  • Do you think the fact that Sandra's mother likes Pepper influences Sandra's feelings about the guy? Mom mentions that Pepper is a lot like Sandra's father. Do you think people look for familiar people when trying to find mates?

  • Is this a typical holiday story? Why or why not?

Movie details

For kids who love the holidays

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