In my young mind, I started to correlate two unrelated factors. Clearly I had no inkling of the relative wealth of their parents to mine — and frankly what difference would that make in a system where Santa provided gifts for all?
I remember struggling when I saw some of my peers being extremely naughty at school, yet still be rewarded by St Nick when Christmas came around. Was his detection equipment faulty? Finally, the revelation of the truth about Santa Claus was delivered by my parents and unlike most I found myself relieved.
The flaw in the story had really disturbed my young mind. Learning the truth taught me that Christmas was just like the rest of life.
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Despite their mischievous behavior early in the movie, Winter and Snowflake learn the importance of being nice during the Christmas season. Parents need to know that The Naughty List is a movie that, while on the whole being cute and fun for the whole family, does have occasional moments of questionable bathroom humor.
Characters audibly pass gas and are shown leaving a bathroom as green fumes trail behind them. Despite these moments, the movie playfully teaches lessons on the importance of good behavior -- during and beyond the Christmas season. The consequences of bad behavior are shown, as are the positive outcomes of characters learning from their mistakes. Add your rating.
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Winter Sean Astin and Snowflake Drake Bell are two young, mischievous elf brothers who are constantly goofing off and getting into trouble. After accidentally rolling a giant snowball into and destroying the North Pole's official Christmas tree, the two are placed by Santa on the Naughty List.
Along with a rebellious young reindeer named Sparkle Naya Rivera , Winter and Snowflake are made to do difficult and mundane tasks such as cleaning the assembly line and breaking pieces of coal with hammers. While they worry about finding a way off the Naughty List, they continue to mess up every task they're given, culminating in working in the kitchen and giving everyone in the North Pole -- including Santa -- food poisoning hours before it's time to deliver the presents to all the good boys and girls.
After this calamity, it's up to Winter, Snowflake, and Sparkle to find a way to save Christmas and get themselves back onto the Nice List. For families tired of sappy and sugarcoated holiday fare, this tale of mischievous young elves getting into trouble but eventually learning from their mistakes might be an enjoyable antidote. The humor and the story are too juvenile for older viewers, and the gags involving flatulence might be a bit much for parents not wanting to give their younger kids iffy ideas, but the movie does impart lessons on traditional Christmas values such as selflessness and being "nice" rather than "naughty.
Families can talk about holiday movies. What similarities and differences do you see between this film and other Christmas-themed movies?
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