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"ARTHUR CHRISTMAS"
(2011) (voices of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie) (PG)


Alcohol/Drugs Moderate
Blood/Gross Stuff Mild
Disrespectful/Bad Attitude Heavy
Frightening/Tense Scenes Heavy
Gun/Weapons Moderate
Imitative Behavior Heavy
Jump Scenes Heavy
Music (Scary/Tense) Heavy
Music (Inappropriate) None
Profanity None
Sex/Nudity Mild
Smoking None
Tense Family Scenes Heavy
Topics to Talk About Heavy
Violence Moderate


QUICK TAKE:
Comedy/Fantasy: When Santa Claus misses one child's house on Christmas Eve, Santa's youngest son takes it upon himself to deliver the present before sunrise.
PLOT:
Santa Claus (voice of JIM BROADBENT) is shown completing his 70th year as the white-bearded man who delivers toys to children around the globe on Christmas Eve. His son, Steve (voice of HUGH LAURIE), has completed automating the process running the operation from a high-tech North Pole command center and remote commanding Santa's massive airship staffed by thousands of elves.

Steve's ambition is to take over as Santa the next Christmas, but his father announces that he will continue on for at least another holiday. Meanwhile, Santa's other son, Arthur (voice of JAMES McAVOY), has discovered that Steve's 100-percent efficient system has missed one gift and they have two hours to get it to little Gwen (voice of RAMONA MARQUEZ) before she wakes up. But Steve doesn't want to risk taking the ship out for just one child and an exhausted Santa has already gone to bed with Mrs. Santa (voice of IMELDA STAUNTON) and doesn't want to be woken up until Dec. 26.

So, Arthur enlists the aid of Santa's elderly father, Grandsanta (voice of BILL NIGHY), who is overly eager to prove to his family that his old way of delivering presents in a sleigh with eight reindeer is still the best way. With a stowaway elf named Bryony (voice of ASHLEY JENSEN), the two get into all sorts of hijinks and misadventures on the way from the North Pole to Gwen's family home in England.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
Absolutely. Kids, especially those with questions about Santa and how he is able to deliver all those toys worldwide in one night, will definitely want to see it.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
For some mild rude humor.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • JAMES McAVOY plays the klutzy son of Santa Claus who has


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