Santa Hunters

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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So-so movie has action, crudity, and minimal holiday spirit.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The movie intends to entertain rather than to educate.

Positive Messages

Christmas magic accompanies belief in the unseen, and the best gifts can't be bought. Actions have consequences, and revenge will lead you down a dark path. Potty humor is characterized as positive: A man's bathroom noises are audible, and an onlooker bemoans the smell; there's mention of diarrhea; and a man confesses to peeing himself in fright. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Uncle Charlie is more like a kid than an adult, so he's hardly a strong role model for responsibility. He is, however, a lot of fun, which makes him a favorite companion. Natasha is motivated by greed and revenge. Santa's predictably jovial, even in the face of catastrophe, and he shows he has a forgiving side, but he comes across as a buffoon at times. The kids are motivated by a search for the truth, but their methods are questionable at times. Diverse cast includes characters of multiple ethnicities. 

Violence & Scariness

Crashes, collisions, and some kid-type play (a girl hits her cousin with a toy, kids shoot foam darts at Santa). A couple of surprises are designed to make you jump. 

Sexy Stuff
Language

"Dang" and "butts." Name-calling such as "brats," "stupid," and "dumb." A boy mentions hitting Santa "in the jingle bells" with a foam dart.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Santa Hunters chronicles four kids' efforts to ensnare Santa Claus and get video footage to prove his existence. As such, there's no time for being nestled in bed or for sugarplum dreams as the kids try desperately to track Santa's movements and take aim at him with glow-in-the-dark marker darts. You'll see some frantic chase scenes and a few crashes, as well as some arguments as tensions rise. An adult's greed and quest for revenge nearly ruins the holiday for everyone involved. On the upside, the kids learn that even good intentions can have unexpected consequences, and they must choose between selfish desires and doing what's right for Christmas believers everywhere. Expect some name-calling and potty humor (an entire scene plays up the humor of farting) but also a reminder that the holiday's true meaning isn't wrapped up in presents under the tree. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJoes31 June 9, 2016

Okay,TV Movie but has some bathroom humor and some lazy CGI

I kinda like this movie because of the main plot,it has some bathroom humor and body part refrenses but no language.
Kid, 8 years old July 12, 2015

Kids from nick shows star in pretty dumb extremely awful nick flick.

My rating:PG for pervasive rude content,crude images,gross content,and some action.
Teen, 16 years old Written bychristmasnut December 2, 2017

What you would expect (manageable)

This movie’s plot, production and cast has a clear platform: Nickelodeon. Not to say that Nickeloadeon films are bad, because I’ve enjoyed some shows and movies... Continue reading

What's the story?

In SANTA HUNTERS, four kids lay a trap for Santa Claus to capture proof of his existence. Led by 9-year-old Alex (Benjamin Flores, Jr.), the Santa Hunters also include his sister, Elizabeth (Laya DeLeon Hayes), and their cousins Zoey (Breanna Yde) and Richard (Mace Coronel). After tricking their parents into thinking they're asleep on Christmas Eve, the four set up a surveillance system and lie in wait for St. Nick's arrival, but things take an unexpected turn when their actions threaten Christmas magic itself. What ensues is a mad dash to set things right before the world awakens to a drastically different kind of Christmas morning. 

Is it any good?

Santa Hunters revisits a popular theme of holiday movies for the kid crowd: Can you believe in Santa without seeing for yourself that he's real? This story tilts heavily in favor of the magic of it all -- particularly with regard to die-hard believer Alex -- but merely suggesting the need for proof could raise questions for kids whose faith is on the fence. And when the kids consider the logistics of legendary hallmarks of St. Nick's magic -- ingesting millions of cookies in one night, hauling enough toys for the world's tots in one bag -- it does cause one to wonder anew how it all works.

Mystery aside, Santa Hunters is a fairly mundane addition to a holiday movie repertoire packed with classics and traditional favorites. There's little about it that's really notable, save the glaringly absent restrictions on kids who run amok in their pursuit of Santa and one very memorable bathroom scene, courtesy of a gassy grown-up. As for the big man himself, he's a surprising about-face from the wizened, grandfatherly types we tend to expect in that role, often seeming oafish and unpracticed. The bottom line? With the plethora of Christmas movies at families' disposal during the holiday season, there's reason to be picky about the ones you choose to maximize the holiday spirit. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what Christmas means to them. What traditions do you enjoy at this time of year? How does it feel to give, rather than to receive, gifts? 

  • Do the characters learn a lesson in this story? How does it change their behavior? What value is there in making mistakes? Can you recall some you've made that taught you something worthwhile?

  • What are some of your family's favorite holiday stories? How (if at all) is Santa portrayed in each? Does this movie's presentation of Santa fit with your vision of him? How do different cultures differ in their take on him?

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