The Longshots (2008)

Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

The Longshots (2008)
Rated PG. Comedy/Drama, Black Actors, Biography, Family Film

1/2

Description (from Netflix): When an 11-year-old girl becomes Pop Warner football’s first female quarterback, she raises eyebrows—till she takes her team to the brink of glory.

My thoughts: That 11-year-old girl is Jasmine Plummer, and this movie is based on her true story.

Yes, this comedy sports drama has all the predictability and appropriately corny moments full of cheering and big bursts of music to punctuate the big bursts of triumph.

It’s also chuckle-worthy, sometimes a little irreverent, and altogether a piece of inspiring, feel-good entertainment. It’s funny I’d never heard of this flick until I watched it…

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Santa Girl (2019)

Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Santa Girl (2019)
Rated TV-PG. Comedy, Christmas, Romance, Family Film

Description (from Netflix): Fleeing the family business and an arranged marriage, Santa’s daughter chooses a magical adventure of her own: College.

My thoughts: Dunno. I thought Santa’s daughter, Cassie Claus, was going to be a brat or something, but I’m glad I was wrong. What a likable, relatable, benevolent weirdo she is! Santa’s kind of a jerk at first, but given his situation in this story, that’s understandable enough.

As for Cassie’s sidekick, Pep the elf, and Cassie’s new friend, Sam the guy—hey. I just went along with perky and strangely vulnerable Pep and even laughed at some of her cheesy comedy until I couldn’t help thinking she’s cool in her gullible but spunky, elfish way. And Sam is a nicest-dude-you’ll-ever-meet-but-nobody-knows-him kind of guy. Why wouldn’t Cassie meet him on her adventure in the real world?

This was one of those times when I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed a movie and had my heart warmed by it, even with all of its corn.

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The Princess Switch (2018)

Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

The Princess Switch (2018)
Rated TV-PG. Comedy, Romance, Christmas, Royalty Theme

1/2

Description (from Netflix): When a down-to-earth Chicago baker and a soon-to-be princess discover they look like twins, they hatch a Christmastime plan to trade places.

My thoughts: Pretty standard making-spirits-bright and comfy rom-com corn with no big surprises but good doses of fun. 😀 I almost wondered for a little while if Stacy/Lady Margaret would spend most of the movie acting stiff and weird on account of the big switcheroo. But, of course, the whole scheme wouldn’t work story-wise if weirdness were to take completely over.

Nope, a Christmassy ball of yarn like this isn’t supposed to be too realistic. But what I may like most about this particular flick is that it does leave some breathing room for doubt and disbelief and “no rush—we’ll figure this thing out” before it launches the whole kit and caboodle into the inevitable land of Happily Ever After.

Ah! And I didn’t expect to actually chuckle aloud the few times that I did, but I’m all for that pleasant kind of bonus. Plus, I hear tell there’s a sequel coming, so I’m keeping my eyes open.

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Arthur Christmas (2011)

Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Arthur Christmas (2011)
Rated PG. Animated, Christmas, Comedy, Family Film

My thoughts: It’s complicated. But basically, there’s a Christmas Eve screw-up at North Pole Mission Control, and Santa’s eager but accident-prone younger son, Arthur, races against the clock in an effort to save one little girl’s Christmas from near-certain ruin.

How did I go nearly ten years without knowing this merrily daring holiday adventure exists? Well, I’ll admit I passed it up when I first caught a glimpse of it last Christmas season. I was so full of the sheer and utter wonder that is Klaus, my soul didn’t have room for another animated Christmas picture so soon.

Thank you for your patience, Arthur. You were worth coming back for.

No, he’s not American, but the awkward hero of this movie has about as much heart as Steve Rogers has even before anyone knows him as Captain America. Arthur’s dogged and almost crazy determination is something to see.

Such a fun story full of clever and imaginative nuggets, great characters, and plenty to laugh or chuckle about as it delivers a resounding message to echo around the globe: Every child matters!

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