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BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER!

"Dueling Christmas Worldviews"

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What You Need To Know:

BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER! is a comedy streaming on Netflix. Jackie sends Christmas letters that paint a very rosy picture of her life and family. When her estranged friend, Charlotte, receives these newsletters year after year, she becomes jealous. Mysteriously, the two friends are forced to spend Christmas together. Can Charlotte overcome her jealousy, rekindle her love for her family and recover her friendship with Jackie?

BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER! has decent acting and some funny moments. Charlotte’s journey away from jealousy and toward a deepening love for her husband is compelling. However, the movie drags in places, tries to be funny and sometimes fails, and some of its heartfelt moments are simply annoying or off-putting. BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER! has a strong Romantic worldview with light Christian content and some moral content. However, the story of Santa Claus and the truth of Christ’s Incarnation are mixed and muddled, with the movie focusing more on the story of Santa Claus, with the Santa story winning out in spades and dominating. BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER! also contains some gratuitous references to marital relations. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.

Content:

(RoRo, C, B, FRFR, L, V, S, MMM)

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong Romantic worldview with some light moral content promoting Christmas and gratitude and showing a woman’s move away from jealousy and envy and toward a deepening love toward her husband, but the story of Santa Claus and the truth of Christ’s Incarnation are mixed and muddled with the movie focusing more on the story of Santa, although the main characters view a Christmas pageant in a positive light, and a character says, “When God gives you a gift, the best thing to do is to use it,” plus there is a vague statement that “things won’t happen unless you believe they will happen,” which supports giving the movie’s Romantic worldview

Foul Language:
No obscenities, and one light profanity

Violence:
Karate teacher kicks people in the face in a few scenes, a car slides on some ice and hits a snowbank, woman drops from a second-story window into the snow, and woman hangs from a ladder dangling from a hot air balloon

Sex:
Some suggestive material implies married couples are having intercourse with sounds of beds moving in parents’ bedroom, two married couples talk in front of their children about “moving furniture” as a euphemism for married couples having intercourse, and a married woman stares at another woman’s husband for a moment because of his fine-tuned muscles and during this time a Christmas carol about Jesus is being played, but no infidelity occurs

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
Some alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Lying to children about Santa being real, parent swears to her child Santa is real, woman is jealous, but jealousy is ultimately rebuked, and a woman risks life and limb to lie to hundreds of people about Santa.

More Detail:

BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER! is a comedy on Netflix about two estranged friends are mysteriously brought together during Christmas and must rebuild their broken relationship. BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER! is well-produced, with some decent acting and funny moments, but it has a strong Romantic worldview with light Christian, moral elements, but the positive content is marred by inappropriate lewd innuendoes and a subtle belittling of the Nativity story.

Jackie sends Christmas letters that paint a very rosy picture of her life and family. When her estranged friend, Charlotte, receives these newsletters year after year, she becomes jealous. Comparing her life to Jackie’s, Charlotte begins to make her own husband feel like she doesn’t like her own family.

As Charlotte and her family travel to her sister’s house for Christmas, they mysteriously end up at Jackie’s house, get trapped by a snowstorm and are forced to spend their Christmas there. Can Charlotte overcome her jealousy, rekindle her love for her family, and recover her friendship with Jackie again?

BEST. CHRSTMAS. EVER! is has decent acting and some funny moments. Charlotte’s journey away from jealousy is compelling. The fact that her relationship with her husband deepens is also very uplifting. However, the movie lacks a sense of timing. It drags in places, tries to be funny and sometimes fails, and some of its heartfelt moments are simply annoying or off putting. No better example of this last point can be cited than the strange mix of a Nativity play with a young girl running onto the stage to proclaim she doesn’t believe in Santa Claus.

BEST. CHRSTMAS. EVER! has a strong Romantic worldview with light Christian, moral elements promoting Christmas and gratitude. The made-up story of Santa Claus and the truth of Christ’s Incarnation are mixed and muddled, with the false story winning out and dominating. For example, adults repeatedly lie to their children about the story of Santa Claus. Also, the Christmas pageant ends not with the revelation of the Incarnation, but with a child’s report that “Santa is real,” and people should “just believe” already.

That said, the main characters view the Christmas pageant in a positive light, and Jackie says, “When God gives you a gift, the best thing to do is to use it!” However, then there’s also a vague statement that “things won’t happen unless you believe they will happen,” adding to the movie’s Romantic worldview.

BEST. CHRSTMAS. EVER! also has a few strange scenes as well, like when a married woman stares at another woman’s husband for a moment because of his fine-tuned muscles. During this scene, a Christmas song about Jesus is played. BEST. CHRSTMAS. EVER! also has some innuendoes and euphemisms about married couples having marital relations.

MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution overall.

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Our small team works tirelessly to provide resources to protect families from harmful media, reviewing 415 movies/shows and writing 3,626 uplifting articles this year. We believe that the gospel can transform entertainment. That’s why we emphasize positive and faith-filled articles and entertainment news, and release hundreds of Christian movie reviews to the public, for free. No paywalls, just trusted, biblically sound content to bless you and your family. Online, Movieguide is the closest thing to a biblical entertainment expert at your fingertips. As a reader-funded operation, we welcome any and all contributions – so if you can, please give something. It won’t take more than 52 seconds (we timed it for you). Thank you.