A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All
Ring in the season with some holiday truthiness! Stephen Colbert, star of Comedy Central's satirical gem "The Colbert Report" celebrates the glory -- and unyielding commercialism -- of Christmas with this star-studded holiday special. Elvis Costello, John Legend, Feist, Willie Nelson, Toby Keith and Jon Stewart join America's favorite delusional pundit for an evening of yuletide fun and cheer that's sure to tickle your funny bone.
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- Jim Hoskinson
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; music video; additional featurettes.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this Christmas special is a lot like Stephen Colbert's Comedy Central show The Colbert Report. There's a lot of satire that's best for older teens who will understand it -- and Colbert's ultra-conservative character -- on that level. Specific to this special, the religious elements of Christmas aren't spared from jokes: Willie Nelson plays a wise man trying to give the baby Jesus pot as a gift (he's later arrested), Feist plays an angel who puts people with prayer requests on hold like a telephone operator, and the video to Toby Keith's "War on Christmas" song shows places with nonbelievers being blown up. There's also ample sexual innuendo in John Legend's "Nutmeg" song. Also of note: the ads before the DVD highlight uncensored Comedy Central shows with some iffy sexual content that goes beyond what's included in this program.
- Sexual Content
- Ample innuendo in John Legend's "Nutmeg" song ("the only residue I want you wiping off your face is my nutmeg," "sprinkle your Christmas cream with my spice supreme," and so on). One tongue kiss to a fake bear.
- Toby Keith's song shows flashes of bombs (some shaped like Christmas trees, one with a smiley face), missles, a guillotine, and a house blowing up. A very fake bear attacks, is stabbed by Santa very nongraphically, and is then shown as a rug. Keith carries a rifle.
- "Damn," "balls," and a whole bleeped-out sentence by Jon Stewart, with nothing distinguishable.
- Social Behavior
- Religious elements of Christmas aren't spared from jokes: Willie Nelson plays a wise man trying to give the baby Jesus pot as a gift (he's later arrested), Feist plays an angel who puts people with prayer requests on hold like a telephone operator -- instead of earning her wings, Colbert suggests she will earn "a pair of balls." Plus, the video to Toby Keith's "War on Christmas" song shows places being blown up and shots of a guillotine, with violence (jokingly) directed at nonbelievers.
- iPod, the Jonas Brothers, the New York Times.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- The Wilie Nelson segment is all about giving pot to Jesus as a gift (Nelson says "right now I'm so high you're hallucinating"). Colbert drinks eggnog with lots of rum.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it