A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Set in Belgium and involves Santa, allowing for conversations about how the holidays are celebrated in different parts of the world. Also has some positive messages about family.
There's value in trying, even if you don't succeed. Holidays are about love (even though kids will still want gifts). Sometimes things happen that you can't fix. You're never too old to learn.
Positive Role Models
Jules wants to do good and do right by his family. Mr. Claus apologizes when he's in the wrong. Parents love their kids, even when they no longer love each other.
Filmed in Flemish. Characters are White, Black, and apparently Middle Eastern. Two men kiss. Santa gives gifts to families whether they celebrate Christmas or not.
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Violence & Scariness
A little girl is threatened by a fire, and a young boy goes in to save her. People fall down and get stuck in funny places. A family still grieves a dad who passed away.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Very mild kissing and flirtation. Discussion of marital difficulties, falling in and out of love, and divorce or separation. People try to play matchmaker.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Claus Family 2 is a Belgian sequel about a young boy who discovers his grandpa is Santa Claus. The film tries to broaden its audience by having Santa make a point about delivering gifts even to kids who don't celebrate Christmas. The cast is also diverse. The main character's mother is a widow who seems open to finding love again. Characters play matchmaker. Two men kiss, revealing their relationship. At one point Jules puts himself in harm's way to save a small girl from a fire. The film has positive messages about the value of trying and learning new things, no matter your age, and remembering that the holidays are about love. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This family-oriented follow-up offers more Belgium-set holiday festivities, and the film does well to focus more on interpersonal relations and less on fantasy. Of course, considering the premise of The Claus Family 2 -- that a grandfather, who is actually Santa, is training his grandson to take over the family business -- there are still plenty of effects-driven scenes of characters transporting via snow globe to the North Pole and tiny human elves with rocket-powered backpacks working the toy warehouse.
But the sequel smartly shifts the focus to Jules (up-and-comer Bakker) and his path to defining the role of Santa for himself, moving beyond just delivering toys to trying to make a difference in at least one child's life. The fact that his endeavor isn't entirely successful (it's effective, but not in the way he and the child hope) balances the make-believe elements with a nice touch of reality. The sequel's candlelit holiday ambiance is warm, and the elves are funnier this time around.
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