Happy Christmas

2014 R 1h 18m DVD

Happy Christmas

2014 R 1h 18m DVD
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After splitting up with her boyfriend just before the holidays, a young woman moves in with her older brother and his family. But as she tries to climb out of her rut and start over, her self-destructive behavior gets in the way.
Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham, Joe Swanberg
Joe Swanberg
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Happy Christmas is an indie holiday dramedy with mature themes and family dysfunction that aren't likely appeal to young teens -- so while fans of Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick may be curious about the film, but it's clearly aimed at adults. There's drunkenness (as in passed-out drunk more than once) and marijuana use (one character is a part-time pot dealer), very frequent strong language ("f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," etc.), and a few sex scenes (although none shows nudity). The protagonist isn't an ideal role model, but at least her relationship with her older brother demonstrates the importance of having strong relationships with your siblings and family.

Sexual Content

Passionate kissing and a lovemaking scene between a married couple, plus a couple of more involved sex scenes between a couple that has just met. The woman gives the man instructions on how to please her (like pulling her hair in a certain way). They scenes are shot in an intimate close-up, but the people are partially clothed.


Jenny is slapped a couple of times while she's nearly passed out drunk. She's dragged and then carried out of a house party. Kelly slaps her in anger for almost setting the house on fire.


Lots of casual swearing and strong language, especially "f--k" (as both a term for sex and an exclamation) and "a--hole," as well as "s--t" and "bitch."

Social Behavior

Jeff and Jenny's relationship shows how important it is for siblings to be there for one another, even if it's not convenient or easy. Family and unconditional love are needed to get through tough times.


Not frequent, just iPhone and a brief shot of a stack of board games like Trivial Pursuit, Sequence, etc.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Lots of adult drunkenness and use of drugs, particularly cocktails and marijuana. One character is both a part-time babysitter and a part-time pot dealer. A couple of adults are shown drinking recreationally, but the main character drinks so much that she basically passes out.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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