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Parents' Guide to

Santa Girl

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Bland holiday romcom has some bullying, drinking.

Movie NR 2019 90 minutes
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This holiday movie is as paint-by-numbers as you can get. While there's nothing particularly bad about Santa Girl, there's nothing particularly good about it either. It's easy to imagine the premise being the easiest "elevator pitch" in Hollywood history ("Santa's daughter goes to college." "Green light!"), and the result feels like either a plot lifted from Shakespeare or an episode of late-period Growing Pains, with jokes in the vein of Elf thrown in to keep it nice and festive. Nonetheless, even with Cassie giving out free hot chocolate to any takers while being followed around by a spritely elf, it's more romom than Christmas special.

The chemistry between Jennifer Stone as Cassie Claus and Devon Werkheiser as the smart and sensitive underdog isn't bad, even if Sam's bro-brah rival for Cassie's heart answers the never-asked question, "What if Troy Aikman took up acting?" Santa Girl isn't as mawkish and sappy as so much holiday fare, but it's about as trite. There are attempts at self aware humor, but none of these jokes ever seem to land. The result is slightly above-average for holiday movies, but to even say that is more of a comment on how much guilty parties like the Hallmark Channel have ruined the genre by mass-producing so much schlock for so long.

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