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The Keys of Christmas

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Bah, humbug. An extended holiday music video with cursing.

Movie NR 2016 47 minutes
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Wall to Wall Music

The MOST fun you can have during christmas - wall to wall music, fun for our whole family - an new classic.

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Don't waste your time on this dreadful excuse for a holiday special. The Keys of Christmas is an extended music video that's low on plot, fails at comedy, and leaves the viewer wondering if internet celebrity Rudy Mancuso cares more about the meaning of Christmas or more about the tragedy of his smartphone breaking. DJ Khaled isn't completely awful as the Clarence to Mancuso's George Bailey, and Mariah Carey and her Christmas hit "All I Want for Christmas is You" surely adds a smidge of venerable respectability amongst all the standard pop fare.

Nonetheless, this appears to be a part of YouTube Red's ongoing project to prove inconclusively that many of the "internet famous" lack the talent and creativity to do anything remotely entertaining that's longer than the time it takes for a Snapchat picture to disappear. And if Mancuso and company are going to venture into storytelling, perhaps they should learn such tried-and-true concepts as "three acts" and "story arcs." Mastery of these would go far in avoiding slap-dash endings and even turning a very loose parody of It's a Wonderful Life into an incoherent, if AutoTuneful, mess.

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