Your Christmas or Mine 2 Parent Guide
Not quite as good as the original film, this sequel still provides plenty of laughs and a charming romance.
Parent Movie Review
They’ve done it again: Hayley and James (Cora Kirk and Asa Butterfield) are in the middle of a family Yuletide mix-up. This year the Taylor and Hughes families have planned to spend the holiday together at an Austrian ski resort, but things have not run smoothly. James and his aristocratic family are in a flimsy shack surrounded by the Taylors’ luggage and Hayley’s noisy clan are with the Hughes family’s luggage in the opulent penthouse suite booked by Humphrey Hughes (Alex Jennings). A heavy snowfall is on its way, so the families are stuck where they are – at least for the night.
Sequels always make me nervous, because it’s so easy to kill the vibe of a good first film. I enjoyed the original Your Christmas or Mine and was afraid this production would be a significant downgrade. It isn’t: it’s only slightly less appealing. The first movie stands out for the originality of its plot – it’s a rare rom-com that can work by separating the romantic leads for almost the entire film. This sequel is less bold in that the young lovers are only apart overnight. For the rest of the vacation, they must juggle their eccentric families, try to find some privacy, and work to overcome misconceptions, misunderstandings, and communication errors. You know, the regular rom-com stuff.
As seasonal rom-coms go, Your Christmas or Mine 2 is one of the better ones. It’s got plenty of comedy, with appealing, goofy characters and ridiculous situations that usually work. The romance also has heart, and I find myself rooting for the young lovers. James is sincerely devoted and Hayley is appealingly honest. They also have enough chemistry to make the relationship believable, but not enough to make the show too hot for teen viewers.
As for content issues, the biggest issue here is alcohol. All of the men spend an evening at a local bar, where they have a beer-chugging contest and get very, very drunk. This over-consumption is treated as comedy and the only negative consequences is inebriation for all and vomiting on James’ part, which thankfully occurs off-screen. The movie also contains over 30 profanities, most of which are terms of deity. Amazon Prime has rated this film at 13+ and that fits.
Like all Christmas rom-coms, Your Christmas or Mine 2 isn’t going to win any film awards but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to watch. If you enjoy your laughs mixed with romance, well-intentioned characters, and strong messages about love, self-respect, and the value of families, this movie will be a Christmas treat for you. Get out some carbs and a soft blanket and snuggle down for some feel-good laughs.
Directed by Jim O'Hanlon. Starring Asa Butterfield, Cora Kirk, Alex Jennings. Running time: 101 minutes. Theatrical release December 8, 2023. Updated December 8, 2023
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Your Christmas or Mine 2
Rating & Content Info
Why is Your Christmas or Mine 2 rated PG-13? Your Christmas or Mine 2 is rated PG-13 by the MPAA for alcohol use, smoking, foul language
Violence: A man stabs a knife into a table. A man tells tales about Krampus, a frightening figure from Austrian legends.
Sexual Content: A man and woman kiss on several occasions. A fully clothed man and woman start kissing on a bed but are interrupted when a naked man walks out of the bathroom: he is holding a towel so there are no visible genitals. A man wears a sweater that says “Merry Titmas”. There are some brief moments of minor sexual innuendo. There’s a non-explicit mention of a lesbian relationship.
Profanity: A character repeatedly says “F” as a stand-in for a sexual expletive, but the actual term is never used. Other curse words include 21 terms of deity, ten minor profanities, and a scatological term.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Adults are occasionally seen smoking. Adults frequently drink alcohol with meals and in social situations. Main characters go to a bar, participate in a drinking contest and get very drunk, to the point that one vomits (off-screen).
Page last updated December 8, 2023
Your Christmas or Mine 2 Parents' Guide
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