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All the more reason not to trust ratings
pub-214 January 2021
This is a low budget, Kiwi made, kids movie and if I was a kid I would probably give it 9 or 10 stars. Well done to those involved in the making of this flick.
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Cute, and a little bit different
fandomfatale16 December 2019
There weren't any reviews yet so I wanted to take a minute to say a few nice things about this movie, which I enjoyed. This was cute and fun. After turning off a couple of Hallmark romances I was glad to watch a Christmas movie of a different kind. I think this is the first Christmas movie I've ever watched that takes place in the southern hemisphere, so that was different and interesting. The humor is pretty juvenile and there was an annoying conflict with a coast-guard type woman but everything else was much better. I enjoyed the romance between the two parents who are on the verge of divorce - there was great chemistry there and a story that can appeal to older viewers, though the movie is definitely geared towards kids. Grumpy Santa was fun. The graphics of the North Pole and the sleigh were pretty good, I thought. This is definitely not a universal recommendation, but if you're looking for something a little bit different, I definitely don't regret watching it.
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Another Burned-out Santa Movie
story_by_corey12 December 2021
I needed a break from the Hallmark formula movie and a Christmas movie filmed in New Zealand with an all-NZ cast sounded worth giving it a try. The movie falls within the "burned-out Santa" genera. In this version, Santa has grown very tired of spoiled kids wanting ever more expensive toys. He longs for the days when kids could be happy by the simplicity of Christmas. A few days before December 25th, he decides to turn his back on it all, get in his very-cool looking rocket-sled and fly south to find sunshine and warm weather. Most santas would just go to Florida, but this one makes it to New Zealand where he is shot down by a kid playing with fireworks. After crash landing into the ocean, he changes his name to "Stan" to hide his identity and befriends the kid who shot him down. The kid is camping with his parents who are doing a trial separation but decide to go camping together for the holidays. A NZ border inspector who takes her job way too seriously spends the entire movie hunting for Santa and his crashed sleigh because he might have brought some some fruit flies into the country. While Santa hangs with the family to evade the inspectors, a couple of incidents happen that cause the parents to reconsider their relationship and Santa his purpose. I'll stop there, you can probably guess how this movie will end.

Regarding the movie itself, yes I did get my NZ scenery and actor fix and it was not Hallmark-like. That was refreshing. Characters were one-dimensional and shallow. Storyline was one very long chase scene broken up by some bonding scenes that revolve around a cricket match....never seen that in a Christmas movie before! Laura Daniel's portrayal of the inspector quickly became very tiresome and I just wanted to move on to something else. But in the last 20-ish minutes, Sia Trokenheim and Xavier Horan kicked their acting into second gear and I really started to enjoy their interactions. It salvaged the movie just enough for me to make it to the "meh" ending.

If you are looking for a movie filmed in a place and actors you have never seen, then its probably worth your time to watch for the novelty of it all. Otherwise, you will probably just want to go back to a Hallmark movie.
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Jeremy-60811 December 2021
For what it purports to be, what it actually is, what it delivers and how it delivers it - script, casting, acting and direction etc, 10/10. This is a movie for children - children who hopefully haven't yet learnt to judge as harshly, unkindly and unthinkingly as some adults. It's also a movie for adults who are young-at-heart. Ignore the rating ..... I was disappointed but not surprised when I saw it. If you're hoping for yet another high-budget millennial movie with car chases, bad language, violence and trendy hand-held camera action with microsecond frame and scene changes that give you motion sickness, you won't find them here. Dial back your expectations, relax, sit back and enjoy. With the kids.
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Great Wholesome Kids Movie
pixieplayspiano25 December 2019
Great to finally see a christmas movie that is down to earth, without the over-the-top glitz and glamour, unrealistic perfectionism, sickening romance, and soppiness of most. Is it perfect? No. Is the comedy sometimes too slapstick? Yes. But bear in mind - it is ultimately a home-grown kid's film, and really, compared to most of the US made ones this is no worse, in fact in many ways I think much better. I am 45yrs old and I enjoyed it. Good old fashioned realistic - no mansions or super model types in sight - un-commercial family fun. Good on little NZ for making this. More please.
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