A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this sequel to Santa Baby blends holiday spirit and comedy with family-friendly themes like striking a balance between life and work and living up to a parent’s expectations. Salty language is a rarity (a couple instances of “hell” is the worst of it), and there are a few mild innuendoes (a woman implies that she’d like to get busy on a bearskin rug with her boyfriend), but most of this content will go over kids' head -- especially in comparison to the lighthearted elves and snowy scenery.
What's the story?
In SANTA BABY 2: CHRISTMAS MAYBE, business mogul -- and daughter to Santa Claus -- Mary Class (Jenny McCarthy) is basking in her professional success when her father’s late-life crisis forces her back home to save Christmas. She arrives in her hometown of Polaris to discover that not only has Santa (Paul Sorvino) abandoned his workshop responsibilities, but a sketchy newcomer named Teri (Kelly Stables) has stepped in to make some changes in his absence. Skeptical of Teri’s true intentions and desperate to save Christmas for the kids, Mary tries to get things back on track, but she finds her efforts thwarted at every turn by her suspicious nemesis, who’s also got her sights set on Mary’s boyfriend, Luke (Dean McDermott).
Is it any good?
This merry sequel deserves a spot on Santa’s Nice List for its blend of comedy, holiday spirit, and family-friendly messages. Rare instances of salty language and some mild sexual references will probably go over kids’ head, but the story may resonate more for tweens and teens, who might be ble to identify with Mary’s struggles to define herself apart from her parents’ expectations.
If your family does tune in, enjoy the movie's lovely scenery, jolly elves, and imaginative spin on traditional Christmas folklore. McCarthy is lots of fun as the ambitious and duty-driven Mary, and parents will get a knowing chuckle over Santa’s desire to throw in the towel on responsibilities that become too overwhelming. And though Teri breaks some moral rules in her quest for control, she makes amends for it in the end -- just in time for Christmas, naturally.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about folklore. What other movies or shows have you seen that put a different spin on Christmas traditions like Santa and the North Pole? How do these stories differ in other cultures?
Kids: What are some of your family’s holiday traditions? Are there certain shows you watch, books you read, or music you listen to each year? Which traditions are your favorites? Why?
Talk about the themes the movie raises. Tweens: What do you want to be when you grow up? How will you measure your success? Do you feel pressure to live up to certain standards?