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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain and inspire, not educate.
Promotes family and togetherness, listening to your heart, believing in yourself, generosity of heart and spirit, and fellowship. First impressions aren't always accurate. One person can make a difference. "We learn more from trying difficult things and failing than we do by doing easy things and succeeding." "Imagination is even more important than knowledge" (Albert Einstein).
Positive Role Models
Young heroes exemplify that active participation and commitment have positive results. A responsible, caring single mom learns to be more trusting and less cynical and makes a conscious decision to open her heart. Businessmen and politicians who appear to be greedy are not. There's a proactive, wise, devoted teacher and ethnic diversity.
Products & Purchases
A Hallmark website is in place for this movie (and its proposed sequels), containing games, stories, membership availability, and products. Folgers coffee.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Northpole, a live-action family drama made for the Hallmark Channel and now released on DVD, is a feel-good, magic-is-possible Christmas story in which children accomplish the unthinkable, adults learn important lessons, and happy endings are as accessible as an enchanted snowflake. Young Kevin only has to disobey his mom a little bit as he and his best friend, Clementine, a dedicated elf, try to save the town of Northpole from catastrophe. Buoyed by positive messages and holiday spirit, this gentle film is best for kids and tweens. Under the CCPA law you have the right to protect your personal information. Make a Do Not Sell request to Northpole. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It's a budget-conscious Hallmark Channel entry, but, even with constraints, if you don't look too hard the city of Northpole looks magical. Kids will appreciate the can-do elf, Clementine, and they'll root for Kevin. If they're a little older, they'll root for Kevin's teacher and Kevin's mom to find each other in the true holiday spirit. Saving a town from greedy interests and bringing back the Christmas spirit aren't new concepts, but there's enough originality here to make it worth watching. Nice to see kids, on their own, careening through the sky on a sleigh and nice to believe in magic snowballs, snowflakes, and Robert Wagner and Jill St. John as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.