Parents' Guide to

The Search for Santa Paws

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Kids will love Santa's puppy, but watch out for sad moments.

Movie G 2010 96 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 39 parent reviews

age 9+

Really nice and heartfelt movie

Santa paws is a movie full of friendship between these orphanage girls and how they take care of each other. But there are some mean adult parts. But overall it is a amazing movie that everyone should see!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.
age 12+

Not a cute Christmas movie

I wish I read the reviews before we watched it. My daughters were so terrified we turned it off.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (39):
Kids say (22):

This musical take on the modern-day Christmas story holds a lot of appeal for kids, since there are talking puppies, a jolly Santa and elves, and brave girls. But the emotional punches delivered might be too intense for the youngest viewers, who are confronted with the notion that parents die and kids are put into foster homes, plus the idea that if prospective parents "think you are cute, then they will take you home."

This isn't a new theme -- there are lots of hard-luck stories out there. But this movie is embellished with cute puppies and lots of toys, which makes the gritty scenes of girls being thrown into the basement look more like child abuse than something a kid can simply shake off. That said, the payoff is pretty great when it comes. The rosy times glow a little brighter, but viewers might be a touch too sad to enjoy the rewards of a happy ending.

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