When jingle writer Kevin (Jay Mohr) travels to a remote town to spend Christmas with his son Ben, ex-wife Jill (Daphne Zuniga) and her parents, he finds himself living the very same Christmas Day over and over again -- giving him a chance to win back his family. But blocking his path to redemption are a pair of ornery ex-in-laws and Jill's seemingly perfect new boyfriend -- not to mention Kevin's own abundant shortcomings.
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- Catherine Cyran
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NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral), EnglishClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that the main character in this made-for-TV movie is a woefully immature guy whose many character flaws have cost him his wife and young son. He often resorts to his juvenile ways to cope with his unhappiness, taking out his frustration on those around him with sarcastic remarks, practical jokes designed to make his ex-wife's boyfriend look like a fool, and more than a few punches thrown at people and objects in the path of his anger. Parents will definitely want to remind impressionable tweens that there are more effective ways to resolve conflicts.
- Sexual Content
- A few innuendoes (like a character falling on a toppled plastic snowman and quipping "call me later" as he gets up). One character frequently pinches another's bottom, and one brief kissing scene is replayed a few times.
- One scene shows a frustrated character starting a fist fight that becomes a full-fledged brawl, but no injuries ensue. In another, he takes his anger out on a robotic Santa that annoys him. There's lots of mild peril (slips, falls, some groin-related impact, and one scene that implies an explosion), but it's all played for humor, and lasting injuries are limited to casted limbs.
- "Jackass" is used lots of times, and "damn" and "hell" are heard less frequently.
- Social Behavior
- Throughout much of the movie, the main character exhibits selfish, juvenile behavior that negatively affects everyone around him, including his young son. While it's obvious that he loves his kid, he rarely puts the boy's feelings above his own. However, through a lengthy process of trial and error, he realizes his flaws and figures out how to change his life for the better.
- One toy is obviously a spin-off of the Easy Bake Oven.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Adults drink wine with dinner, and one scene shows two characters drinking as they mull over past regrets. One character gives a bottle of alcohol to another, saying "liquor is quicker."
- 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