Family


One Christmas Eve


MPAA Rating:
Not Rated
Genre:
Family
Runtime:
86 mins
Stars:
Anne Heche, Kevin Daniels, Carlos Gomez
Director:
Jay Russell
Producer:
Brent Shields, Mitchell Kaplan, Paula Mazur

Content at a Glance

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Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
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0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
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Drugs

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
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Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
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Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
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Sex


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Language


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Violence


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Drugs


one glass of wine is shared between two adult friends

Nudity


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Other


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Synopsis

Anne Heche plays Nell Blakemore, a newly‐single mom who wants this Christmas to be extra‐special for her two kids. It turns out to be special, indeed, but it’s not what she had in mind. Everything that can go wrong does go wrong. Chaos reigns in this entertaining comedy, and the notion of `family’ takes on a whole new meaning.


Movie Message

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year is a song that is played and sung in this film and, indeed, characterizes the movie on several levels. The Christmas escapades get so out of hand at one point that the characters are eschewing any celebration of Christmas at all. This fun-filled holiday flick is a true escape into both the message as well as the antics that can surround all things Christmas: weather, gifts, nostalgia, love and friendship. We see authentic and believable performances by Anne Heche (Nell), a single mom to two adorable children, who encounters Cesar (Carlos Gomez), a stranger with a puppy, and accident after accident ensues. They arrive at the hospital to tend to unfortunate outcomes and meet Kevin Daniels (Reggie), who lightens the load even more with his spirited, self-deprecating humor.

This merry bunch, in an attempt to help one another, fall even deeper into trouble as a winter storm brews and encounter everything from robbery to deadly fire. The filmmakers do a wonderful job of handling some more serious issues, such as divorce, loss, and loneliness with a light-hearted touch that captures and sustains the mystery and charm of the Christmas season. All these characters’ hopes and dreams have the opportunity to be met in unexpected and sometimes unusual ways. Friendship and brotherly love play strong roles in bringing together people of different ages and cultures to celebrate commonalities as well as differences.

We are proud to award this movie the Dove-Approved Seal for All Ages.

For All Ages

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