Christmas Again Parent Guide
The child acting is terrible, the adult performances are equally dismal, and the plot is stitched together from bits of better movies.
Parent Movie Review
Rowena Clybourne (Scarlett Estevez) loves Christmas. (What kid doesn’t?) The presents, the decorations, the food…but Rowena’s favorite part of Christmas is having fun with her family. She’s even made a list of her top five Christmas memories, all of which are family outings she went on with her sister, Gabby (Ashlyn Jade Lopez), and her parents Carolina (Alexis Carra) and Mike (Daniel Sunjata). But since her parents’ divorce, it seems like Christmas, along with everything else, is changing for the worse.
Mike has brought his new girlfriend, Diane (Beth Lacke) and her son Louie (James McCraken) home for Christmas, and Rowena doesn’t like it one bit. As the day drags on, one thing after another goes wrong for Rowena – bad presents, spilled food, and Diane’s obnoxious kid ruining everything he touches. During a fresh air break, Rowena runs into Santa (Gary Anthony Williams)…or, at least a man dressed like Santa. She tells him she wishes that she could just do Christmas all over again, the way it used to be. And when she wakes up the next morning, it’s Christmas all over again! And the next day, and the next day…
The child acting is, as you would expect from a Disney Channel movie, absolutely dreadful. If it’s any consolation, the adult acting is equally dismal. The film saunters through trope after trope, most of which have been shamelessly lifted from similar films, in a festive death march of exaggerated acting, deplorable writing, and unendurably treacly faux-Christmas cheer.
Frankly, I’m not wild about the movie’s messaging either. Rowena’s initial behaviour, while not exactly stellar, is perfectly understandable for a child whose parents have just divorced. The movie’s storyline should encourage adults to take some interest in why an emotionally stressed child is acting out at a major family holiday. What it does instead is insist that she should somehow process all of that emotional stress on her own while behaving in a completely selfless fashion. Kids are kids, and don’t have the same capacity for processing difficult emotional events as adults, but none of the adults in the film seem to care about her feelings or coping ability.
As you’d expect from a Disney made-for-TV movie with a TV-G rating, there’s really nothing for parents to be concerned about here – aside from the emotionally manipulative messaging. Some kids engage in the usual pushing and shoving and that’s about it. And even if the messaging goes over kids’ heads, I still wouldn’t recommend this movie. If nothing else, it’s deeply annoying, and any adult caught within hearing distance of the film is very likely to develop a new sympathy for the Grinch.Directed by Andy Fickman. Starring Scarlett Estevez, Daniel Sunjata, Gary Anthony Williams, Alexis Carra. Running time: 95 minutes. Theatrical release December 10, 2021. Updated May 31, 2022
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Rating & Content Info
Why is Christmas Again rated TV-G? Christmas Again is rated TV-G by the MPAA
Violence: Some children are seen shoving one another.
Sexual Content: None.
Alcohol / Drug Use: None.
Page last updated May 31, 2022
Christmas Again Parents' Guide
Why do you think Rowena is having a tough time with Christmas this year? What could her family be doing to help her? How do you think Louie is feeling? What about her parents? What lessons does she learn by repeating the holiday?
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Another movie featuring Christmas on repeat is Just Another Christmas. This movie references Dicken’s A Christmas Carol, which has been adapted into movies like the 1951 A Christmas Carol, and Disney’s A Christmas Carol. A campier (but much better) musical version can be found in The Muppets Christmas Carol. Another influence is the classic Bill Murray comedy Groundhog Day.