Christmas Again - Disney Movie Review

Christmas Again - Image from Disney Channel

Christmas Again isn't exactly an original idea, but brings a familiar story to life with a modern twist.  Originally debuting on The Disney Channel, you can now find Christmas Again streaming on Disney+ - joining other new holiday favorites like Home Sweet Home Alone and Noelle.  So what makes Christmas Again work for family audiences?  Let's take a look!

Christmas Again Movie Review

Christmas Again - Image from Disney Channel

In Christmas Again we meet Rowena, "Ro," who loves Christmas and all of the memories she has, but find Christmas is changing too much.  After a tough Christmas day, Ro has a wish granted to get to redo Christmas - but she quickly finds herself stuck reliving the same Christmas Day over and over again.  After deciding to have some "fun" knowing that there are no consequences for her actions long term, Ro then turns her attention to getting her family back to the way she remembers it.  But Ro must learn the true meaning of Christmas and how to enjoy and of divorce, remarriage, and blended families are highlighted and may hit home for many viewers.  A key takeaway from the film can be summed up in just one line - "Families change, but what's important is that you're still together on Christmas."  Ro struggles with a number of emotions during the film and is a very relatable character for young audiences.  Diversity is also highlighted in the film showing that families come in all shapes, sizes, ethnicities, races, and backgrounds.  

Christmas Again - Image from Disney Channel

This movie has a little bit more of a serious undertone than Home Sweet Home Alone which also released this year on Disney+ and may be tough to watch for kids who are experiencing their first Christmas with parents separated.  However, in the end, the film is celebration of family and the holidays!  It's a great watch and feels fresh even if a bit familiar.  

About Christmas Again (From Disney Channel)

Rowena “Ro” is a high-spirited teenager who is experiencing a lackluster Christmas. Ro isn’t handling her parents’ divorce well. She wants her life back the way it was—her parents back together, her dad’s new girlfriend and son out of the picture, and their family traditions to remain the same. After a disappointing celebration with her family, including her sister Gabriela “Gabby,” Abuela Sofia and Abuelo Hector, she makes a wish to a neighborhood Santa for a “do-over” and unexpectedly finds herself reliving Christmas day over and over … and over again. Now, in order to break the strange magical loop, Ro must learn to appreciate her loving family as it is, as well as the true meaning of Christmas.

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