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By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Christmas tearjerker has mature themes, some sex.

Movie PG 2004 96 minutes
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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

It’s wonderful

This movie is a lovely movie about a bunch of strangest coping three the holidays.

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Despite a talented cast and gentle touch behind the camera, director Chazz Palminteri's holiday meditation on love, faith, and letting go falls flat. Noel's main problem is a script that too often takes the easy way out of a situation, and doesn't develop characters in a meaningful way. You feel like you're mostly watching different types of people instead of getting to know anyone real.

Famous for playing the heavy in front of the camera, Palminteri brings lots of eye candy to his role behind it. The cast is attractive, the settings are beautifully photographed, and overall the mood is warm and gentle. Despite modest concerns about negative content, tweens and under are unlikely to be interested in adults coping with aging parents and past traumas. Messages about the nature of love, faith, and letting go of the past won't resonate with more mature viewers: There's just not enough of an emotional connection to the characters, and the easy solutions feel manipulative at best.

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