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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this made-for-TV movie is full of snowy scenery, chipper elves, twists on Christmas tradition and lore (the religious aspect of the holiday isn't addressed), and holiday spirit. It chronicles a father and adult daughter's emotional journey to understand each other better and settle differences that have driven them apart. With little iffy content and plenty of holiday fun, this is one you can enjoy with the kids.
What's the story?
It's just a month until Christmas, and Santa (George Wendt) has fallen ill. With the big man wearing pajamas instead of his red suit and the elves barely able to stay on task without their CEO, it looks like Christmas itself is in jeopardy. But when Mrs. Claus (Lynne Griffin) calls her grown-up daughter to tell her the news, Mary Class (Jenny McCarthy) catches the next plane -- and sled ride -- to Polaris to pitch in. Drawing on her celebrated executive skills (honed by four years in the big city), she decides to take over operations, save Christmas, and hopefully finally earn recognition from her dad for her ideas to modernize the family business. In no time, Mary has turned the mail room into a data-processing center, replaced the elves with a toy-making machine, changed the shapes of candy canes, and even taken away the elves' frequent cookie breaks. But while the elves' hand-written progress reports say production is way up, it's clear that the holiday spirit has plummeted in Santa's workshop. As the big day draws near, things start to unravel.
Is it any good?
Though SANTA BABY does have a romantic subplot and includes some brief kissing scenes, the content is so mild that it shouldn't keep kids out of the room. And parents will certainly pick up on the movie's themes of love, forgiveness, and respect. Santa Baby is a nice (if not ground-breaking) holiday tale with cute twists on Christmas traditions and stories. Plus, the lovely snowy scenery and holiday décor are sure to get you and yours in the Christmas spirit.
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