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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Women aren't always nice to each other. Sometimes in romance people misunderstand each other.
Positive Role Models
Rachel is smart, plucky, resilient, and realistic.
The two leads are Black and their office features employees at all levels of many colors. The founder-owner of the business is Black.
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Violence & Scariness
A blizzard traps a couple in a luxury hotel.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Snowbound for Christmas is a Canadian holiday romantic comedy based on the Harlequin novel, Snowbound with the CEO, by Shannon Stacey. The strict Harlequin formula is in evidence. "Poop" is as harsh as the language gets. Adults drink wine and kiss. There's little here to either upset or interest young viewers. On the plus side, the two leads are Black and their office features employees at all levels of many colors. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Dull plot, check. Forgettable acting, check. Banal plot, check. Cheesy songs, check, check, and check. This is harmless enough, but how much better it would be with fully-realized humans eliciting our sympathy rather than the cookie-cutter humanoids we find on screen. The cartoonish Diane couldn't be more ridiculous if she wore a necklace that said "Villain." The hotel's manager cluelessly fakes his way through a sad French Canadian accent. A couple know their romance will work when they discover they both love sardines!
Zarrin Darnell-Martin miraculously rises above the dialogue and plot to put in a convincing performance as Rachel. Snowbound for Christmas is to good movies what sugar-free cotton candy would be to the County Fair staple -- an ill-conceived imitation that should only be consumed by those who have no other choices.
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