Parents' Guide to

The Christmas Classic

By Monique Jones, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Bland holiday film's story is a mess; swearing, kissing.

Movie NR 2023 80 minutes
The Christmas Classic Movie Poster: Malin Akerman, Ryan Hansen, and Amy Smart are pictured in holiday sweaters in front of ski slopes

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This holiday romcom fails to create a coherent storyline and ends up an incoherent, nonsensical mess. That said, The Christmas Classic does hit all the beats you might expect from a Hallmark or Lifetime Christmas film. Big city woman engaged to the wrong guy coming back to her hometown to meet her ex? Check. She has to choose between her hometown and morality versus money and status? Check. Family hijinks? Check. Somehow learning the meaning of Christmas? Check.

So viewers can more or less follow their own knowledge of and experience with these types of formulaic holiday films to understand what's going to happen -- but that means they're doing the film's work for it. Because it doesn't give much of anything in the way of characterization, story, or even basic interest. It's easy to zone out while watching this film (which somehow feels much longer than its 1 hour and 25 minute runtime). Bottom line? You'd be better off watching almost any of Hallmark or Lifetime's holiday offerings than this.

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