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Who Is Christmas Eve?

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Earnest adoption story has emotional intensity, drinking.

Movie PG 2021 90 minutes
The three main characters float above the title and an image of a small red basket at a church entrance.

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This earnest story of a woman's search for her birth parents has some heartwarming moments and gentle humor, but it's got a few problems, too. One of the biggest problems is that although the acting in Who Is Christmas Eve? is fine, the cast just doesn't project a lot of chemistry. Another problem is the mixed messages about adoption. The movie's stance is clear that everyone deserves to know who they are, and that it's impossible to move forward without understanding your past. It makes no attempt to advocate for the privacy of those placing children for adoption, and Eve herself eventually decides that she doesn't need to understand her past in order to get on with her life. The complete absence of Eve and Andy's adoptive parents leaves a big hole in the story, too.

But it does generate a lot of warmth and may resonate with some viewers with experience adopting or having been adopted. Although there's very little content of concern, kid appeal is limited by the adult cast and story about people in their 30s.

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