Operation Christmas Drop parents guide

Operation Christmas Drop Parent Guide

This works as a feel good, squeaky clean film but it falls flat as a romance.

Overall B

Netflix: Erica, a Congressional aide, has been sent on a fact-finding mission to a US airbase in the tropics which is being used for Operation Christmas Drop, in which military aircraft are used to drop gifts on remote islands. The congresswoman Erica works for wants to find ways to save money, including potentially defunding the base - unless Captain Andrew Jantz can convince Erica otherwise.

Release date November 5, 2020

Violence A
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A
Substance Use B-

Why is Operation Christmas Drop rated TV-G? The MPAA rated Operation Christmas Drop TV-G

Run Time: 95 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Erica (Kat Graham) is a rising congressional aide, with an eye on being the next Chief of Staff for Congresswoman Bradford (Virginia Madsen). So, when the Congresswoman orders her to fly to Guam and investigate a Christmas charity program run by members of the United States Air Force, Erica swallows her disappointment and packs her bags.

Meanwhile, at Andersen Air Force Base, Captain Andrew Jantz (Alexander Ludwig) is given the unwelcome news that he’s expected to babysit the upcoming visitor from Washington DC. It will be his job to make sure she understands the base’s strategic importance as well as the value of Operation Christmas Drop.

With both parties unenthused about meeting each other, it’s not surprising that their “meet cute” moment is awkward. As they loosen up, they not only review base operations; they also see the sights and Erica gets fully involved in preparing for the big Christmas charity. Traveling to the islands and learning about the people’s needs and then packing up the Christmas crates makes her an advocate for the project. Erica’s horrified to learn that the Congresswoman expects her to write a report that will recommend not just ending Operation Christmas Drop, but closing the entire base in order to protect a base in her own district. (Swallowing this little plot development takes a fair bit of work – Andersen AFB is one of the most important bases in the Pacific and suggesting its closure is ludicrous. I fully face palmed at this part of the movie.)

Since this is a Christmas romance, I’m not giving anything away by telling you that everything ends happily ever after. It’s what’s expected in the genre. The film is so upbeat, so cheerful, and puts such a positive spin on the military that it could probably be used as a USAF recruitment tool. And Captain Jantz is as altruistic, intelligent, and honorable an officer as you would want to meet. He might be too good to be true, but it’s great to see a leading man demonstrate such stellar qualities on the screen.

Operation Christmas Drop works as a feel-good, squeaky clean movie in a pleasant tropical location but it struggles to hit its beats as a romantic drama. The love story feels perfunctory and the chemistry between Erica and Andrew is flat. Where the movie shines is in exploring the power of kindness and generosity. After all, Christmas celebrates the birth of the man who said “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” If you want a movie that will give you that nice romantic glow, this one isn’t quite up to the mark. But if you want a story that will make you feel happy and hopeful about the power of good and decent people to help others, this could be a place to start.

Directed by Martin Wood. Starring Alexander Ludwig, Virginia Madsen, and Kat Graham. Running time: 95 minutes. Theatrical release November 5, 2020. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Operation Christmas Drop rated TV-G? Operation Christmas Drop is rated TV-G by the MPAA

Violence: None noted.
Sexual Content: A man is shown bare-chested after a swim. A man and woman kiss.
Profanity: None noted.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adults drink wine with dinner.

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Operation Christmas Drop Parents' Guide

Erica and Andrew both have different reasons for helping others. Andrew wants to pay forward help his family received from their neighbors. Erica is motivated by something her mother taught her, “The noblest thing to do was find a need and fill it. Find a hurt and heal it.”. What motivates you to help others? Are there charities you contribute to at Christmas? Throughout the rest of the year?

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There are plenty of movies about people trying to help others. The documentary Pick of the Litter follows a litter of puppies and the volunteers training them to become guide dogs for the blind. Mother Teresa is a biopic of the well known nun who strove to provide food and medical poor for the poor in Calcutta and around the world. In The Blind Side, a woman opens her home to a homeless high school student and helps him achieve his dreams. Pay It Forward shows us the power of individual acts of kindness. When a white art dealer volunteers at a charity soup kitchen he discovers that he has things in common with a homeless man in Same Kind of Different as Me.