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The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Faith-based Christmas romance is predictable but sweet.

Movie NR 2020 91 minutes
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Sure it's kind of corny, and it's pretty predictable, but this faith-based romance is also sweet with some genuine warmth and mild chuckles along the way. The Farmer and the Belle: Saving Santaland drives home its faith-based messages, but they don't hit you over the head with them. Although tying messages about inner beauty to Christmastime is unusual, the familiar story finds a very comfortable path right down the middle and sticks to it all the way to the end.

There's nothing little kids shouldn't see, but the biggest appeal is likely to be for tweens and up thanks to the themes about physical and inner beauty. The romance is between two mature adults, and yes, they're saving Santaland, but Santa himself is only seen very briefly and has no dialog. It's not so much about Christmas as it's set during the Christmas season. There's some diversity in the cast, especially among background actors, and Corbin Bernsen is enjoyable as Gran'Poppy. Fans of faith-based worship music will enjoy a guest appearance by Beckah Shae, and country music fans should enjoy John Schneider's guest appearance, too.

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