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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This movie features an overwhelming message about the true meaning of Christmas and the importance of combating holiday grumpiness and apathy with love and kindness.
Positive Role Models
Mrs. Claus is the epitome of Christmas spirit. She and young Sarah form a bond about the meaning of the season: kindness, generosity, and love. Mr. Reynolds discovers that even though his wife is gone, he still needs to keep the Christmas traditions for his children. Young Carter realizes the joy of Christmas as well, even though he didn't want to celebrate it at first.
Violence & Scariness
Nothing overt -- a few slapsticky moments in the North Pole as the pups wreak a bit of havoc in Santa's workshop and the disturbing possibility of losing Christmas spirit forever. The Reynolds family is sad about the death of their mother/wife.
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Products & Purchases
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Santa Paws 2 is the sequel to The Search for Santa Paws and the latest installment in the popular direct-to-DVD Buddies franchise. There's nothing inappropriate, but there is a sad subplot about a widower and his two motherless kids who are having a hard time dealing with Christmas. The Santa pups and young characters learn the real meaning of Christmas isn't stuff but a spirit of service and love. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Although the musical numbers in this holiday special aren't all that memorable (not sure a song about a "Christmas Cold" is all that appealing to anyone), the pups are certainly adorable. And the characters are such sweet underdogs it's hard for even the frostiest, anti-talking-animals viewer to resist the cuteness. But yes, those who aren't amused by the sub-genre of chattering pets will have a harder time warming up to the storyline than those who fully embrace the doggy protagonists.
Former Charlie's Angels star Ladd is so distractingly beautiful, there's never been such a gorgeous Mrs. Claus. Newbern's Mr. Reynolds and his kids provide an emotional depth to the story to balance out the cutesy pups. By the time order is restored and Christmas can be properly celebrated, it's clear that the messages here are in keeping with the best of (secular) season's greetings -- that Christmas is a time for family togetherness, kindness to strangers, and generosity.
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