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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The villains are easy to spot because they either smoke or carry hunting rifles. A young boy is wise, and sarcastic, beyond his years. There is virtually no mention of religious significance of the holiday. The film is a paean to the magic of secular Christmas, and characters are motivated to good actions because of the holiday's importance. Touching interludes between a single working mom and the young son who is reminded to appreciate her.
Violence & Scariness
Reindeer are threatened by a hunter shooting tranquilizer darts.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A precocious 8-year-old makes a funny but lewd proposition to an adult woman; an aggressive suitor jokes about rolling up together with the woman he desires; an adult woman ogles Santa's behind. Brief romantic kisses and embraces between adults.
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Products & Purchases
An open kitchen cupboard offers a lingering shot of Sara Lee food products.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Bad guy smokes cigars; adults drink wine with Christmas dinner and discuss needing more of it to fortify themselves.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is fine for family entertainment leading up the holidays, with cute kids and funny reindeer to entertain the children and an appealing if unbelievable romance to appeal to grown-ups. Big game hunting is depicted as evil and there are myriad scenes of lax zoo security in a thankfully imaginary zoo. Santa is depicted as real, even human, but there are no elves at this North Pole. 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 movie, made for the ABC Family channel, attempts to reach both kids and parents with its message of Christmas magic wrapped in light romance. Set in modern-day southern California, Snow is filled with sight gags of surreptitious reindeer antics and narrow escapes from discovery by Nick to keep kids laughing. Sights of a house festooned by Christmas decorations in an effort to woo one of its occupants also underlines the sweet, if shallow, message of the movie.
We know Nick Snowden is nervous, out of his element, and under deadline, but Cavanagh makes the character so very uncomfortable and twitchy that it's almost hard to watch. As young Hector says, "Who knew Santa was a dweeb?" It's not until his secret is shared that he settles down and viewers can begin to understand why Sandy might be interested in her new housemate. Williams, a lovely actress with the advantage of being shaped like a normal-sized woman, begins to seem like the perfect Mrs. Claus as her friendship with Nick grows, and when a curveball is introduced into the romance viewers may actually wonder "What happens next?" Not an easy feat with a predictable holiday movie, but an indication that at least some thought went into developing the characters.
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