A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Love is more powerful and important than money, class, or social status. It's OK to be different. It's important to find your own true identity and be proud of it.
Positive Role Models
James and Hayley remain likable characters and their love endures despite their different backgrounds. James is grieving his mother but is able to move forwards with life in a positive way. Hayley believes that she doesn't "belong" in certain social set-ups, but realizes it's OK to be different, to stand-out from the crowd. Hayley's family are a close collective, and have good hearts and morals. While James' family are initially portrayed as quite snobbish, they eventually become more accepting of others.
The main female character, Hayley, is biracial, with a Black mother and a White father. The women in the film are strong-willed, and Hayley's family has a very matriarchal set-up. Her grandfather is from the Caribbean and he speaks about his culture in a positive way. By contrasting Hayley's more "modest" family with James' upper-class and extremely wealthy family, the film does lean into some socioeconomic stereotypes. There are gender stereotypes too, as on Christmas Eve, the women stay in and are pampered, while all the boys go down to the pub. But they are recognized and commented on.
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Violence & Scariness
Playful references that are violent -- such as "he'd put a bullet in my head." Characters fall over when skiing. Snowball fights. Reference to the death of a mother.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Occasional innuendo. Characters are interrupted while seemingly engaging in foreplay -- nothing explicit shown. A character admits to infidelity. A character discusses their breasts and how they changed post-childbirth. Couples kiss.
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A few uses of the word "bloody hell" and "s--t," as well as the British slang "bellend" and "knob." Toilet humor.
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Products & Purchases
There are occasional brand references such as Tesco, Fitbit, Travelodge, and Dualingo.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters celebrate good news with champagne and drink alcohol with their meals. In one scene, characters play drinking games. One character in particular gets very drunk and ends up throwing up. Characters are seen smoking cigars and one character smokes a cigarette.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Your Christmas or Mine 2 is a British festive romcom and sequel to 2022's Your Christmas or Mine?. Asa Butterfield and Cora Kirk reprise their roles as James and Hayley, two characters who have fallen in love, despite coming from completely different socioeconomic backgrounds. This time the action takes place in a luxury ski resort with James' and Hayley's polar opposite families spending Christmas together. At its core, the film is about identity as Hayley initially struggles to be the person she thinks she has to be to fit in with James' upper-class family, before learning that she's fine just the way she is. The portrayal of James' posh family and Hayley's working class family do play into stereotypes. There is also gender stereotyping in how the women all get pampered while the men go to the pub. But the film acknowledges this. There are playful sexual innuendos and plenty of alcohol gets drunk. In one scene, the characters get very drunk, leading to one of them throwing up. There is some smoking, too, both cigars and cigarettes. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While the first of these festive films gained popularity for it's creative and yet simple idea, which was well-executed, this sequel falls short. Your Christmas or Mine 2 tries to expand on the original premise and in turn loses sight of what made the first film so appealing. By bringing the families together, the dual narrative of two completely opposite families is lost and makes for a more conventional, standard Christmas film. The characters remain engaging and are in turn easy to root for. Both James and Hayley are sweet, and you can't help but want the best for them, and much of that comes from the likability of Butterfield and Kirk. But sadly that's not quite enough to save this film from tedium, and it just struggles to truly stand out and shine in a way the first film did.
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