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Desperately Seeking Santa

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Average romcom has likable messages of personal empowerment.

TV Freeform Comedy 2011
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It doesn't break any new ground in the romcom genre, but DESPERATELY SEEKING SANTA has a certain appeal, thanks to the empowering David-and-Goliath story surrounding David's mission to save his restaurant, which parallels the blossoming relationship between him and Jennifer. It's rewarding to root for a kind underdog who singlehandedly takes on corporate greed and vies for the hand of a girl whose true beauty he helped reveal. And in the process, it's impossible not to reexamine your own definition of success and happiness. This story's commentary on the tug-of-war between small-town life and big business probably isn't its main intended message, but in light of modern economic times, the movie's timeliness pulls it to the forefront nonetheless.

Of course, none of this outshines the holiday spirit that takes root in the story. It's always uplifting to see someone (fictional or not) rediscover the meaning of Christmas, and Jennifer's journey from the ranks of Scrooge to a full-fledged Christmas believer is heartening. As for the content, with the exception of some references to sex appeal and a few kisses, this sweet story is suitable for older tweens and up.

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