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VIOLENT NIGHT

What You Need To Know:

VIOLENT NIGHT is an R-rated action comedy where Santa Claus comes to the aid of a little girl and her wealthy, dysfunctional family when they’re terrorized by ruthless thieves. Machine gun fire from one thief scares away Santa’s reindeer on the roof of the family’s mansion. Then, Santa establishes a rapport with the family matriarch’s cute granddaughter via two walkie-talkies, one of which is a working toy version. He decides to defend her and her family.

VIOLENT NIGHT is structured to give viewers as many thrills and laughs as possible, but the characters, dialogue and situations are shallow in places. VIOLENT NIGHT has a few positive nods to the meaning of Christmas and the legend of Santa Claus. For example, a major confrontation between the family, Santa and the thieves occurs at the family’s outdoor Nativity display. VIOLENT NIGHT is filled with bloody, sometimes gruesome, action violence and constant foul language. Even worse, some of the bloody violence and foul language is designed to titillate the viewer’s baser instincts, sometimes in comical ways. So, media-wise viewers should stay away from VIOLENT NIGHT.

Content:

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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Light Christian, moral worldview sides with a very dysfunctional family and a dysfunctional Santa Claus against a band of ruthless thieves, with some talk about restoring one’s faith in Christmas and belief in Santa Claus, brief talk about people “saving” other people, and brief references to the Baby Jesus in a sequence set at a family’s Nativity display, but some of the movie’s excessively bloody violence and abundant foul language are designed to titillate the viewer’s baser instincts, sometimes in comical ways, plus Santa Claus has fairy tale magic, but he repeatedly says he doesn’t know how the magic works

Foul Language:
At least 118 obscenities (including many “f” and “s” words), one Jesus profanity, three GD profanities, six light profanities (mostly OMG or MG), and Santa steps in reindeer feces and yells at the reindeer for relieving themselves on a roof

Violence:
A fair amount of excessive, bloody and sometimes gruesome action violence and strong action violence includes Santa Claus uses ice skate blades to slice the bodies of ruthless thugs, Santa uses sledgehammer to pummel the bodies of ruthless thugs during fighting, a person is decapitated, another person’s body is hacked into two parts, some HOME ALONE type violence includes little girl arranges booby traps where bowling balls hit one male thug on the head numerous times, and where nails and screws pierce his body (one screw pierces the body of his chin into his mouth) and the body of female thug, fighting, gunfire, thugs caught on fire, people are shot, Santa stitches a wound on the side of his stomach, etc.

Sex:
Two crude sexual references, and an insulting comment about a sister sleeping around

Nudity:
Upper male nudity when Santa stitches wound on his torso

Alcohol Use:
Alcohol use, and Santa appears to be drunk in a bar drinking beer and drunk making his rounds on another Christmas Eve, but he sobers up quickly when he learns people’s lives are in danger,” including his own, during the second Christmas Eve

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

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Stealing, family betrayal, greed, family in movie is dysfunctional, but it’s rebuked, and the family members are eventually reconciled.

More Detail:

VIOLENT NIGHT is an R-rated action comedy where Santa Claus comes to the aid of a little girl and her wealthy, dysfunctional family who are terrorized by a band of ruthless thieves. VIOLENT NIGHT has a few positive nods to the meaning of Christmas and the legend of Santa Claus, but it’s filled with bloody, sometimes gruesome, action violence and constant foul language.

The movie opens with little Trudy Lightstone and her estranged parents, Jason and Linda, arriving at her wealthy grandmother’s mansion on Christmas Eve. Jason’s mother, Trudy’s grandmother, is a no-nonsense, rude, foul-mouthed businesswoman. Also at the mansion is Jason’s sister, Alva, her teenage son, Bert, and her boyfriend, Morgan, a self-centered action star.

Trudy’s father, Jason, gives Trudy one of his old working toy walkie talkies when his estranged wife, Linda, complains that he forgot to take Trudy to see Santa at the mall this year. So, Trudy uses the walkie talkie to ask Santa to bring her mommy and daddy back together again.

At this point, a band of ruthless thieves break into the mansion and holds everyone hostage. The leader, who calls himself Scrooge, demands the family matriarch tell him where she put the millions of dollars she embezzled from the American government for some Middle Eastern jobs her company was doing. He threatens the lives of a family member including Trudy, for the information.

Meanwhile, Santa Claus and his reindeer arrive on the mansion’s roof. He berates one of the reindeer for relieving itself on the roof. Inside, he enjoys some milk and cookies, plus some whiskey. When one of the thieves shoots off his machine gun, the sound of the gunfire scares away Santa’s reindeer. Eventually, Santa and Trudy secretly establish a rapport using the toy walkie talkie and the walkie talkie of one of the thieves Santa has dispatched.

So, the question becomes, can Santa save Trudy and her family from the thieves and their ruthless leader, who hates Christmas and everything it stands for, including Santa?

VIOLENT NIGHT contains references to the original DIE HARD movie, including a comical reference to the late Clarence Gilyard, Jr.’s character in that movie unlocking the vault in the Nakatomi Towers. The movie is structured to give viewers as many thrills and laughs as possible, like DIE HARD, but the characters, dialogue and situations here are shallow and campy in places. For example, the leader of the thieves is depicted as mean and clever, up to a point, but not really as cold and brilliant as the wily Hans Gruber of DIE HARD. Also, there’s the stereotypical greedy sister with the snotty son, not to mention the stereotypical uncaring matriarch figure, who could just have easily been an uncaring patriarch. The most appealing character in VIOLENT NIGHT, of course, is the little girl, Trudy, played by Leah Brady.

VIOLENT NIGHT has a few positive nods to the meaning of Christmas and the legend of Santa Claus. For example, a major confrontation between the family, Santa and the thieves occurs at the family’s outdoor Nativity display. There are a couple references to the Baby Jesus in that sequence. Also, there’s talk in one scene about Trudy’s innocence and goodness saving another character’s faith in Christmas. Clearly, viewers are meant to side with the family, despite their problems, against the thieves.

That said, VIOLENT NIGHT is filled with bloody, sometimes gruesome, action violence and abundant foul language. Even worse, some of the bloody violence and foul language is designed to titillate the viewer’s baser instincts, sometimes in comical ways. So, media-wise viewers should stay away from VIOLENT NIGHT.

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