Santa Baby



Plenty of holiday spirit in merry family film.
  • Review Date: November 19, 2007
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

A daughter and her father learn to resolve their longstanding differences and respect each other. A few main characters are racially diverse.

Violence & scariness

A few slapstick tumbles and falls without injury.

Sexy stuff

A few very brief kissing scenes (a couple of which imply that sex either just happened or is on the way), but there's absolutely no nudity.


"Oh my god" is as bad as it gets.


Cell phones are always at the ready. There are a lot of toys (this is Santa's workshop after all), but they're generic types (teddy bears, toy trains, dolls, etc.) rather than brand names.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

In the only scene with alcohol, two adult characters have a few sips of beer.

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.

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about holiday traditions. What are some of the traditions your family enjoys during the holidays? Parents can also talk about resolving differences with their kids. How do parents and kids discuss issues that are causing problems?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 12, 2006
DVD release date:November 20, 2007
Cast:George Wendt, Jenny McCarthy, Lynne Griffin
Director:Ron Underwood
Run time:89 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:mild language and sensuality

This review of Santa Baby was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

  • Heartwarming family tale for both kids and adults.
  • Elf
    Peppy holiday favorite for both kids and parents.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Parent Written byWolf207 November 24, 2012

Brief Language for parents to beware of

The review says that "oh my G.." is as bad as it gets, however there is one scene when Mary tells her dad (Santa) .. "Immortal my REAR" but uses the "A" word reference instead. Also when the elves are pulling Santa's chair they say "How the HECK do the reindeer do it?" There are four times the phrase "Screw Up" are used. The movie is good, but the story plot and dialog may loose the attention of kids under the age of 8.
What other families should know
Too much swearing


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Special Needs Guide