Parents' Guide to

The Christmas Project

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Bully learns about kindness in holiday family comedy.

Movie NR 2016 92 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 10+

Disappointed with negative messages being supported

There are number of scenes which seem to promote a toxic mentality of gender roles. As well as not holding boys and bullies accountable for what they say and do to others. Another movie that supports bullies instead of the kids being bullied. Another movie that shows kids to keep giving, keep being kind to harmful people no matter how badly people treat you. Another movie that demonstrates that decent kids who defend themselves from bullies will also pay a price and be responsible for a bullies behavior choices from schools, families etc. No matter how hard their life circumstances, it's never a reason to treat others poorly and to make them be responsible or pay the price of your choices. Some scenes were good. The good scenes were, unfortunately, not enough to out weigh the negative for me.
age 5+

My favorite Christmas movie

Our 5-year old daughter easily gets scared or sad, but this movie did not frighten or sadden her. It does have some bullying, but hang in there till the end. Really good morals and empathy is taught. Honestly, several times my eyes teared up. Not because it was sad, but because it was beautiful. This movie teaches empathy and the true meaning of hristmas and charity.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (6 ):

This movie may feel a bit generic in its opening moments but patience will pay off as it models humor, smarts, generosity, and patience as qualities kids want to embody. The story is told with warmth and through language and situations that tweens will appreciate and understand. The acting and writing of Good Luck, Charlie and other high-quality TV fare come to mind in this sweet family story. Those familiar with the classic A Christmas Story will also find echoes of that film's unsentimental view of childhood here.

A weak plot line threads throughout regarding which boy will be the first to snatch "the Christmas catalogue" (as if there were only one!) from the mailbox and thereby somehow get the best gift. That makes no sense on its own, but less so since the time frame is only days before Christmas. Still, that's a minor quibble. Overall there's much for kids and their families to enjoy in The Christmas Project.

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