A Dog for Christmas
The entire family stays at Dave and Sandy’s home for the holidays. Kasandra wants a puppy for Christmas, but Mom and Dad aren’t ready for that. Will Santa grant Kasandra’s only wish for Christmas?
While volunteering as a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army, Santa Claus narrates A Dog for Christmas, a story that reveals the Madison family’s crazy holiday plans. While Dave (Hugh Gall) and Sandy (Janet Caine) scramble to welcome both sides of their family into their home for Christmas, their daughter, Kasandra (Sophie Bolen), only has one concern: Will Santa Claus read her letter and deliver a dog for Christmas?
All Dave wants is to take a nap and bypass the snow-shoveling and fire-building, and all Sandy wants to do is keep the family’s Chardonnay wine off her spotless carpet. Between their holiday hustle, Dave and Sandy bypass Kasandra’s canine request and miss out on quality Christmas memories.
Though the title seems to promise a puppy plot, the storyline hinges more so around the adults’ alcohol heists and the Madisons’ inability to get along with their cranky old neighbor, Wesley. A few drunken scenes mixed with blatant sexual innuendos are not appropriate for a young audience, and with a lack of any moral compass pointing toward the love and redemption of Christmas, this movie does not parallel Dove’s core values.
The Dove Take:
Even though Santa Claus’s Christmas charity and cheer are welcoming, A Dog for Christmas’ plot offers few if any positive themes of faith and integrity and includes excessive alcohol and crude language, making this film not Dove-approved.