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Christmas Bounty (Movie) Review

 
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At A Glance...
 

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Length: 73 minutes
 
Final Score
 
 
 
 
 
2.5/ 5


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1 total rating

 

We liked?


Lots of action that will keep elementary aged children enthralled.

Not so much?


Cheesey - so, so cheesey.


Final Fiendish Findings?

As you’d probably expect from that sort of storyline, Christmas Bounty is pretty darn cheesey. There are campy jokes, childish gags, and a whole lot of incredibly unlikely scenarios. Which all pretty much goes to say – your seven to twelve year olds will love it. The kids I had watching with me howled at every tacky joke, leaned in to every overdone fight scene. It’s exactly the sort of thing kids that age love. Of course, their parents will likely be rolling their eyes through most of the film, and rightly so – it’s downright tacky at times. That being said, it is fun to watch with the kiddos, simply because they enjoyed it.

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Posted December 9, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings?
 
 

“The chase is on for the holiday season!”

Ah, the holiday movie. They are really a genre all its own, trotted out this time of year – and if they’re good enough, brought out every year for that fun family movie night that gets everyone in the holiday spirit.  Old favorites like “A Christmas Story” or “It’s a Wonderful Life” definitely stand the test of time, beloved traditions for many families. Prolific as holiday movies are, there are bound to be good ones and bad ones – so which side does Christmas Bounty fall on? It depends on who you ask.

The story is, like a lot of the film, kind of cheesey but doable. Tory, the femal lead, is a respected and respectable private school teacher, happy in her envious life in New York City. She’s got a great job and a great boyfriend, a wealthy investment banker who wants nothing more than to be with her. But, as it so often does, the past catches up with Tory. A mysterious phone call from an old acquaintance sends Tory running back to her old life in New Jersey – and perhaps right back into the arms of her muscle bound ex-boyfriend.

You see, Tory’s got a secret. While she may be a calm and reserved teacher now, she wasn’t always. She grew up in a family of bounty hunters that seems directly inspired by the popular Dog the Bounty Hunter tv show. Her mother is a busty blonde fond of low cut shirts and tacky one-liners, and her dad constantly wears a leather vest and is steadfastly anti-sleeve. Tory was the star bounty hunter in the family, and a man she captured in her teens escapes from prison, his promise to exact vengeance puts her life in jeopardy – and that of those she loves.

Fear not – this is a family film, so that’s about as deep as it gets. There’s plenty of action, as Tory and her bounty hunter family – joined by their employee (and Tory’s ex) Mike – stake out various cliched locations in her hometown. From the teased up hair to the leopard outfits to the instantly recognizable accents, the New Jersey aspect is played up right from the start. The ex, Mike, is played by WWE wrestler “The Miz”, so there’s a good amount of fight scenes thrown in there, although things are kept pretty tame for the most part, and there’s no swearing or nudity either (a welcome feature in a family film).

As you’d probably expect from that sort of storyline, Christmas Bounty is pretty darn cheesey. There are campy jokes, childish gags, and a whole lot of incredibly unlikely scenarios. Which all pretty much goes to say – your seven to twelve year olds will love it. The kids I had watching with me howled at every tacky joke, leaned in to every overdone fight scene. It’s exactly the sort of thing kids that age love. Of course, their parents will likely be rolling their eyes through most of the film, and rightly so – it’s downright tacky at times. That being said, it is fun to watch with the kiddos, simply because they enjoyed it.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)