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A humorous and heartfelt look back at the adventures of childhood. Set in suburban Chicago in the late 1980s, the story centers on ten‐year‐old Jake Doyle’s (Fegley) herculean quest to get the latest and greatest video game system for Christmas.
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Critics Consensus: For viewers seeking an undemanding and sweetly nostalgic ode to yuletide seasons past, 8-Bit Christmas boots up without a glitch.
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Common Sense Says
Fun '80s nostalgia tour has mild language, violence.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the book-based 8-Bit Christmas has mild language and bullying, but it's ultimately a kid-friendly feel-good comedy. The tale flashes back to a character's childhood in the late 1980s, so some of the comedy and portrayals -- particularly the angry dad -- can feel outdated. And there's some humor at the expense of marginalized groups/kids who don't fit in. But the film also pokes purposeful fun at '80s-era thinking about gender roles and what the future might hold. A diverse group of kids plots to try to get the latest, coolest gadget -- a Nintendo video game system -- but they learn that there are more important things than cool toys, like family. A schoolyard bully taunts and pushes the main friend group around. Language includes "fricking," "damn," "crap," "sucks," "buttface," and more. Boys talk about a "nudie magazine" and trade a Sports Illustrated with a woman in a bathing suit on the cover. A boy accidentally plays a tape recording of him talking about having a (G-rated) dream about a female classmate. A dad drinks beer and asks if there's a bar at the mall. Kids sneak off a bus and get temporarily lost in the city. A dad buys a doll from a man under a bridge, and he brings a saw along for protection. A boy vomits violently, including on his teacher.
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- Genre:Comedy, Family
- Release Date:November 24, 2021
- Screen Pass Eligible:No
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