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The 12 Days of Christmas Eve

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Festive family comedy teaches the true meaning of Christmas.

Movie NR 2022 90 minutes
The 12 Days of Christmas Eve movie poster: Kelsey Grammer looks bedraggled, with other versions of his face looking ghostly in the background.

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There's no doubting Grammer makes for a good Scrooge-like figure in this mash up of A Christmas Carol and Groundhog Day. He dials his characteristic grumpy exacerbation up to 10 in The 12 Days of Christmas Eve, acting alongside his real-life daughter Spencer Grammer as his long-suffering on-screen daughter Michelle, while Uschi Umschied is adorable as his spritely, wise-beyond-her-years granddaughter Harkin. The plot is fairly formulaic, but all the warm Christmas messages are there -- as is Santa himself -- alongside some fun meta touches and a couple of decent one-liners. It doesn't reinvent the wheel, but Christmas movies rarely do and they don't really need to either. If it's fun and feel-good you're looking for, this should tick the box with the requisite amount of festive warmth and sparkle.

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