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Jingle All the Way Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Ahnold terminates the holiday spirit.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film offers nothing in the way of genuine family fun. Young kids may enjoy the action, car chases, and explosions, but they aren't worth it for the miserable messages about consumerism and buying your child's love.

  • Families can talk about the movie's message. Is Christmas really all about getting THE toy? How do parents make time for their kids and show their love without gifts? What are your favorite things to do, especially during the holidays, that don't require spending money?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Harold yells at his son and neglects him but eventually redeems himself by dressing up like a superhero and procuring the prized holiday gift. Jamie learns that the gift is less important than the love of his father, but only after parents and kids obsess over getting the gift.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Lots of punching, kicking, threats, and one explosion. While pervasive, the violence is comic, and no one actually gets hurt.

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    Sexy stuff: Some brief kissing between parents. Ted is constantly hitting on Liz. Some unwitting double entendre by Jamie.

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    Language: Liz utters "damn" once, but other than that, it's mostly clean.

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    Consumerism: Gumby, the Cat in the Hat, and Crayola are all prominently displayed during a holiday parade. Two dads go to extremes for a toy.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Harold and Myron sneak liquor into their coffee after a long day of toy hunting. In a fantasy sequence, Jamie drinks liquor from the bottle.