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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Love cannot be arranged, but happens on its own.
Positive Role Models
Cassandra tries to be as kind and generous as possible while trying to fit in as she's starting college.
Violence & Scariness
Cassie's two male suitors get into a fist fight, punching and kicking each other until the fight is broken up. Bullying.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Cassie becomes the victim of social media bullying, and is called a "freak" by her classmates.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
At a college party, one of Cassie's male suitors gives her a red plastic cup and doesn't tell her that he has filled it with vodka; she takes a big sip and immediately spits it into the face of a partygoer. Champagne drinking at a formal dance.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Santa Girl is a 2019 holiday romcom in which Santa's daughter goes to college for one semester while her dad tries to arrange a marriage between her and Jack Frost's son. While a basically tame movie, there are some moments of bad behavior. For instance, a boy who takes Cassie Claus to a college party tries to get her drunk by giving her a red plastic cup filled with vodka without telling her. Later, Cassie is a victim of internet bullying when someone posts memes on social media of her while making fun of her for rumors that her father is Santa Claus; she's called a "freak" while walking across campus to the judging stares of fellow students. Cassie's two male suitors get into a fistfight -- punches, kicks. Champagne drinking at a formal dance party. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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