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Operation Christmas Drop

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Military history, positive messages in gentle romance.

Movie NR 2020 96 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Is a nice movie

I noticed a funny mistake. She was supposed to have a real tree that was given to her. Instead the Christmas tree was fake. :) Overall it was a good movie.

Is It Any Good?

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Operation Christmas Drop is a family-friendly romance, military propaganda, and holiday message all wrapped into one island paradise package. There's an obvious nostalgia here about the U.S. military doing good in the world that's well received by locals. To drive home the message, the film was shot on location in Guam with support and cameos from the military and surrounding community. Some may read a savior complex into the story, and in its single-minded focus, the film does largely gloss over the local Micronesian communities, using people, traditions, and costumes as exotic backdrop.

The soldiers represent a diverse group racially but apparently not religiously. Be prepared for lines like "It's time to lay your Christmas cards on the table." Despite it all, if what you're looking for is family-friendly Christmas fare, you've got it here, and in a gorgeous setting to boot. The film's predictability, from the lead couple's love interest to the last-minute storm and congresswoman's arrival that both threaten the Christmas deliveries (leaving characters to, you guessed it, "hope for a Christmas miracle"), makes it an easy and pleasant watch.

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