On Christmas Eve, the Whitehaven’s family dog goes missing. Did Santa actually steal their dog? Why would Santa Claus steal their dog? It must be a mistake.In this magical holiday adventure, the Whitehavens go on a journey to the North Pole to get their beloved family dog back.
The newest 2017 Christmas movie “Santa Stole Our Dog,” written and directed by Bryan Michael Stoller and starring a jolly and punchy Ed Asner as Santa, is an enchanting and fast-paced caper that takes the viewer along for an exhilarating journey of discovery. The Whitehaven couple is separated, unable to deal with their personality differences, and the young daughter, Suzy, played adoringly by Lexi Golden, is always challenging this fracture. Meanwhile, the family suffers a grave loss and chooses to act boldly and at times bravely in search of their beloved family dog. In the face of some insurmountable odds, Suzy sustains the hopeful mindset in this movie, maintaining faith and inspiring others to look beyond their circumstances. The mother (Carrie Schroeder) and older brother (Chase Pollock) struggle with doubt throughout, and even the spirited father, Nathan (Yves Bright), who saw Santa with his own eyes as a child, is tempted to lose faith when things look bleak. But Suzy’s fortitude, along with some playful episodes, help facilitate restoration of all kinds.This family Dove-approved film is suitable for all ages with mild banter between siblings and tasteful humor throughout; however, there is a scene where the family smuggles two people (one a criminal) past border patrol, lying about their existence in order to reach their destination. They felt justified in doing this, but it might inspire a conversation with younger children about particular moral choices, such as “is it ever okay to tell a lie?” The film, otherwise, highlights the possibility of overcoming differences, finding common ground, persevering against odds and reconciliation. It basks in the magic of the season and inspires us to keep believing in the good.