Ashley Garcia: Genius In Love: Christmas

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Positive messages about valuing family in holiday special.

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

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Stands out for positive messages.

Positive Messages

It contains positive messages about the importance of spending time with friends and family, because the opportunity to do so won’t always be there. 

Positive Role Models

Ashley, her uncle, and her friends love each other, even if they aren’t enthusiastic about the holiday. The current Tío Victor is excited about the family spending time together, but the future Tío Victor is not. The cast is Latinx. One cast member is Jewish. 

Violence

Some disagreements, yelling, and mild arguing. Silly chases also ensue.

Sex
Language

The word "crap" is audible one time. 

Consumerism

Lots of Apple laptops and phones visible. GoPros, Instagram, and other social media referenced. There’s also lots of celebrity name dropping.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ashley Garcia: Genius In Love: Christmas is a standalone Christmas-themed episode within the Ashley García universe. It features positive messages about family and friendship, and the value of spending time with them. There’s some mild arguing, and there’s lots of Apple iPhones and laptops showcasing the brand logo. The word "crap" is audible, too. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 9-year-old Written byjelsemore September 29, 2021

Fun boy-crazy show

Based on 1st episode, but it’s fun enough for a parent to watch.
Kid, 9 years old May 2, 2021

Great

This is really good it tells you to spend time with family don’t waste your time.

What's the story?

ASHLEY GARCIA: GENIUS IN LOVE CHRISTMAS is a special presentation of the popular Netflix series Ashley Garcia: Genius In Love that celebrates the holiday season. It’s Christmas Eve, and Tío Victor (Jencarlos Canela) wants everyone to come together and enjoy some family time. But Ashley (Paulina Chávez) isn’t very enthusiastic about it, and her friends, Tad (Conor Husting), Stick (Reed Horstmann), and Brooke (Bella Podaras), are busy doing other things. But when Ashley hits her head, she gets a chance to see what the holidays for her and her loved ones could be like in the future. 

Is it any good?

This lighthearted episode features the brainy teen learning an unexpected lesson about the importance of family and friendship. Ashley, in a modern day Charles Dickens-type moment, finds herself in a future Christmas. There she experiences what could happen if she doesn’t prioritize spending quality time with the people she loves most. Meanwhile, despite being their older, future selves, neither her uncle or her friends change their typical tween-appealing banter.  

Ashley Garcia fans will enjoy the standalone episode, which also acts as the series finale. And like the overall series, despite some Latinx inspired references, there’s no effort to overemphasize the cast’s ethnic heritage using stereotypical Hollywood tropes. But it contains lots of positive messages about the importance of not taking your family and friends for granted, and the value of cherishing the moments you have with them. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why families and friends often gather for the holidays. What is it about Christmas, Hanukkah, or other seasonal holidays that make family time so special? 

  • What kinds of details are included in Ashley Garcia: Genius In Love: Christmas that highlight Ashley and her family’s Latinx heritage? Do you think the way their ethnicity is represented is appropriate? Or is it stereotypical? Why?

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