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This Christmas

comedy, drama

The story of the Whitfields, an African American family in suburban Los Angeles.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Family holiday dramedy has some iffy content.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this holiday-themed dramedy includes some mild jokes about sex and drinking, as well as some questionable behavior. The movie's focus is on the bonds among adult siblings and their long-suffering, sometimes narrow-minded mother. Sexual content includes kissing, staying overnight with a new boyfriend, flirting, and cheating. On the violence side, thugs beat up a man who owes them money, and guns are used threateningly in a few scenes. Language includes "s--t," "damn," and "hell." One character smokes several times; characters also drink in bars and during family conflicts.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how movies tend to portray family holiday gatherings. Do you think the frequent tension and conflict (even when played for laughs) is realistic? What are holiday celebrations like in your family? Why do you think the characters in the movie so often resort to lying and keeping secrets? Does it help solve any of their problems?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 5
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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A happy Christmas package that more or less ignores the fact that it's a black American family story

- Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: Family holiday dramedy has some iffy content.

- Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media, Thursday, June 24, 2010


- Dave White,, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Audience Reviews

1 star

Too much Family Drama Movie for me.

- ScoopOnline, Friday, December 11, 2009

1 star

Too much Family Drama Movie for me.

- ScoopOnline, Friday, December 11, 2009

3 stars

Thoroughly familiar w/o restricting its genial appeal to any one demographic.

- wbgoose13, Tuesday, November 20, 2007