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By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Xmas comedy has predictable storylines, positive messages.

Movie G 2019 100 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 19 parent reviews

age 5+

Awesome Christmas movie!

This was fantastic for our family night!!! Oh my goodness! It’s free of drinking -Noelle tastes one, spits it out and says Sir something is wrong with your drink!- it’s free of smoking, bad language, and the storyline is really funny!!! The whole family laughed. While it isnt “Christ” related for Christmas it is about being self less and caring about others and giving more from the heart. My kids are rewatching now! Lol

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Great messages
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age 6+

Not for kids with divorced parents!

I am shocked that CSM did not mentioned in their summary that one sub plot is about a kid the parents are divorced and who wants them all to spend Christmas together. As it happen, the boy get his wish as a Christmas present. Not all separated family can (nor want!) to spend Christmas all together, even when their relationship are amicable. This give a very negative message for kids in this situation and raised many unnecessary questions and can make kids sad. Not the goal of a Christmas movie! The rest of the story is uninteresting and uninspiring. It is all about the presents and iPad. Poor choice of a movie. Watch something else and save your self lots of heartache.

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Too much consumerism
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (19 ):
Kids say (13 ):

This takes the formula for a feel-good holiday movie and throws in a few twists, including a gender role reversal, some modern humor, foot-tapping tunes, and updated versions of the North Pole. Older audiences may get a chuckle from jokes about delivering presents by drone and Amazon Prime, adjusting algorithms to track kids' online habits to determine their naughtiness, and the appearance of a typically droll Shirley MacLaine. There are also a couple of nods to non-Christians, potentially as outreach to wider audiences, including a line Noelle delivers that "Christmas is like sushi: The Japanese invented it but now everybody loves it."

That may be true, but as with sushi lovers, film fans notice the imperfections, and Noelle stumbles in a few places. An intro of the Kringle family when the siblings were kids feels unnecessary and contributes to a slightly long runtime. CGI creatures -- reindeer and puffins -- are somewhat out of place in this ultimately human tale. A running reference to Noelle as a "princess" threatens to subvert the feminist storyline. Comparisons to Elf (another North Pole creature-meets-world tale) will be inevitable, and while Kendrick's Noelle is sweeter, she's not quite as funny. Still, Christmas is about setting aside petty complaints and -- as Noelle and Polly remind us in final scenes -- finding hope, inspiration, and joy in the holiday spirit.

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