The Christmas Project Summary
Christmastime is full of traditions, especially in the Buckley family. With their home perfectly trimmed for the Christmas season it is now time to choose a family the four Buckley brothers along with mom and dad will secretly “Elve”. This year Mom has decided on the Hagbarts, and according to the Buckley boys they are the meanest bullies at their school. Eleven-year-old Matthew can hardly stand it. By day the Hagbarts torture the Buckley brothers into submission, and by night the Buckleys drop of thoughtful Christmas gifts and treats to their sworn enemies. What will happen when Matthew is faced with a choice of ultimate revenge or doing good to others? The Christmas Project is a heartwarming comedy the whole family will enjoy.
The Christmas Project Review
The Christmas Project is a sweet and delightful way to kick off your Christmas season. As a fan of all things Christmas, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I could certainly relate to Michael’s pre-adolescent awkwardness and challenges in school. And growing up, we also participated in “elving” at Christmastime. Thankfully, I don’t remember any families like the Hagbarts. The characters felt just a little cartoonish at the beginning, but they quickly rounded out and became endearing.
The story develops naturally at a steady pace, and feels comfortable. Family holiday movies are often too sappy or too predictable, taking away from the charm and enjoyment. This movie was neither. From the mild sibling rivalry (pretty sure my sisters and I were way worse than that growing up) to the entertaining family dynamics, it felt like I could have been watching any neighbor family. As with most movies, there were a series of subplots intertwined with the main story that added to the interest and enjoyment. And having those subplots gradually ebb and flow throughout the movie in a natural way as one is resolved and then replaced with another helped to keep the story flowing and moving along.
The Christmas Project is an enjoyable movie for all ages, and a great choice for a holiday family movie night to help get everyone into the Christmas spirit.
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