Parents' Guide to

The Christmas Chronicles

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Edgy, exciting Santa adventure has iffy behavior, peril.

Movie NR 2018 103 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 69 parent reviews

age 10+

A lot of fat shaming

Movie story was mediocre, left a bad taste in my mouth... was really disappointed with the constant fat shaming. It wasn't one throwaway comment, there were constant references about Santa being annoyed that he was portrayed as fat and greedy. I don't understand why they keep including fat shaming comments in movies. People can be fat for a variety of reasons including hormonal and medications etc. Normalising fat shaming comments is so unnecessary to the story line and hurtful. Some poor behaviour by kids, but they turn it around in the end. Band only had male musicians and sexy female backing singers.
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age 10+

not great

lots of adult content that’s kind of harsh - muggers, stolen cars, jail, ex convicts. not that funny and just not great.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (69 ):
Kids say (48 ):

This Christmas adventure has lots of kid appeal and excitement in a quest to save Christmas, but iffy behavior as well as dealing with parental loss make it best for tweens and up. The Christmas Chronicles features Hollywood veteran Kurt Russell playing a gruff Santa who doesn't do "ho, ho, ho!" and who doesn't like being portrayed as fat. But viewers old enough to handle the iffy messages, language, and themes of grieving will enjoy watching Kate and Teddy win him over. Director Clay Kaytis puts his CGI animation experience to good use, especially with the elves. They have a distinct look and sometimes an almost gremlin-like edginess that might be a bit scary for little kids, and some of the scenes seem like a bit of a marketing ploy designed to make kids want to collect them all. But tweens and up can appreciate them as refreshingly distinct from the usual visions.

It's easy to imagine producer Chris Columbus as having an influence over the inventive imagining of Santa's workshop and how to get there. The jailhouse rock-and-roll number feels gratuitous and ineffective as a way to spread Christmas spirit, but you could argue that a rock number like that is logical for something coming out of a holding cell. Parents and grandparents may enjoy looking for familiar faces in the band, as well as the inside-joke actress in a cameo as Mrs. Claus. It may not be an instant classic the whole family can enjoy, but tweens and up will enjoy the excitement and adventure, with a happy ending that wraps things up nicely.

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