Parents' Guide to

Christmas... Again?!

By Ashley Moulton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Rude tween learns lesson in Christmas-y "Groundhog Day."

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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 12+

Warning! Mild kissing between adults means an LGBTQ couple kissing

If your kid is not yet aware of this, maybe you don't want them to find out about it from a movie. An 8-9 years old kid not necessarily knows much about sexuality yet, and it's fine like that. Some still believe in Santa. If this is not something they see at home, or in their environment, I don't think that they need to see it on screen. I'm all in for diversity representation, but gender and sex-related topics shouldn't be presented to young kids until they don't become curious about it.

This title has:

Too much sex
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age 16+

Boring and hard to watch

This is a modern retelling of Groundhog Day about a tween girl adjusting to her changing family over the holiday season. Meet Rowena, a Chicago girl, who wakes up on Christmas morning time after time (after time) and slowly (ever so slowly) comes to understand its true meaning. This could have been great but an hour in, in a movie only lasting 1.4 hours, and Rowena is still as sarcastic and self-serving as she was at the start. While her attitude eventually changes it feels like too little, too late. After destroying personal belongings and family heirlooms, refusing to pick up after herself, embarrassing and scaring others, going off by herself, raising her voice to others, refusing to help others who need it, and manipulating others to win money… I’m exhausted. This movie barely held my attention and I think it could be harmful to young ones who are quick to mimic the behavior of others.
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (2 ):

If Rowena's attitude had shifted earlier in the repeating Groundhog Day-esque plot of this Disney Channel movie, this movie could have had the potential to be a Christmas classic. Instead, Rowena's bratty, self-centered behavior in the majority of 'Christmas Again...?!' adds a bit of bah-humbug to the sweet ending. The subpar adult acting (with the exception of Gary Anthony Williams's excellent Santa) doesn't help either. Kids will likely enjoy living vicariously through Rowena's adult-free adventures, but grown-ups will wish Rowena didn't model such sarcastic behavior. The last 2/3 of the movie, however, is completely sweet and sincere. Rowena finally addresses the source of her surly attitude, and learns how to process her emotions in a more healthy and mature way. She ends her singular focus on herself and realizes that she should be kind to people around her. The movie redeems itself and finishes full of holiday cheer.

One bright spot is the movie's positive representation. Rowena's family is Puerto Rican, and they observe several Puerto Rican Christmas traditions. Her uncles are a multiracial gay couple that kiss onscreen, and Santa is a Black man, though the movie tiptoes around his skin color and says that he looks different than stereotypical Santas because he's tall. Rowena shows some counter-stereotypical girl behaviors, with her rebellious attitude, love of sports, and dislike of makeup. While the representation isn't perfect, the movie is a definite improvement from the homogenous Disney Channel Original Movies millennial parents may have grown up with.

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