Parents' Guide to

Santa Claus

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Good-hearted thief is set straight by kid; some swearing.

Movie NR 2014 80 minutes
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This quirky holiday movie has some enjoyable moments even if it isn't everyone's cup of eggnog. Throughout Santa Claus, despite great performances by Rahim and Cabal, the thief's actions seem so utterly unbelievable that certain sequences are actually difficult to watch. Would a grown man really send a 6-year-old down the side of a four-story building for the purpose of breaking-and-entering? Would he trust a kid that young, one that he just met, to go into those homes and steal hidden jewelry? If the police caught up with Santa, surely they'd add kidnapping to the robbery charges, and maybe even wrongful death if the kid fell off the roof. If not for the language, this would probably be most entertaining for kids.

As for resolving the ethical issues -- an attractive guy shows a child how to steal -- by the end, it turns out the lying and scheming Santa actually has a conscience and grows fond of the boy. Even then, he doesn't take the boy home but rather sends the kid traipsing across Paris roofs until he gets to his own house and drops in through the window, just in time to wake his mom for Christmas morning. Implausible? Certainly. But older kids looking for a quirky holiday movie might enjoy the nontraditional tale.

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