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Small Town Santa

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Low-budget tale has worthy messages, lots of stereotypes.

Movie NR 2014 85 minutes
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SMALL TOWN SANTA is a low-budget affair, and it plays to a lot of small-town stereotypes to get the job done. It's not particularly well acted, though fans of Superman may enjoy seeing Dean Cain in the role of the sheriff. Young kids may not be quite ready for some of the post-divorce bickering or blasé attitude about Santa, who spends most of the film working his magic from a jail cell. But overall, there are some positive messages here about the serendipity of little miracles, letting go of grudges, and making the connections with others that are so difficult to do the rest of the year, with the added bonus of reinforcing the idea that this is the point of the holidays and that people should value these relationships over gifts.

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