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Pete's Christmas

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Great cast in winning Groundhog Day-type tale.

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age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Not okay for young kids!!

Started to watch this with my 8 year old daughter and had to turn it off. Santa forgets the main character’s gift and the parents argue about who was supposed to do that. Absolutely not okay for younger children.
age 7+


I have seen this movie and its just fine. fun to watch around the holidays. If you like this movie then you'll like Holiday Wishes .

Is It Any Good?

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The plot device of having a character relive a certain significant day until he learns whatever lessons fate is trying to teach him was a new one when it was used in Groundhog Day. By this point, the idea lacks a certain freshness. Nonetheless, those who haven't seen Groundhog Day (like, for instance, kids and teens), won't realize that this has been done before (and funnier) elsewhere, and will appreciate the cleverness of having Zach slowly learn the guitar or football moves as his day repeats.

Certainly the cast is charming enough, particularly Gordon as Pete. Clever move, Walden, casting a young beloved actor in the main role and a beloved older actor (Bruce Dern) as Grandpa. Otherwise, the characters are mostly forgettable. Still, watching Gordon and Dern bond as grandpa and grandson is the kind of holiday sweetness that's perfect for a family lazing away a few hours between turkey and pumpkin pie.

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