I was also disappointed with this movie, as some of the other reviewers were. We sat down to watch this movie with our children ranging in age from 9-18 yrs. The cursing, the bar scenes and the physical embracing and kissing of those that are not married, works against the standards we are trying to teach our children.
Further on in the movie, it came to the place where death comes in to play. The message that is shared is that everyone goes to Heaven and watches those that are left here on earth. There is absolutely NO gospel truth in it.
By worldly standards, it would be clean and family friendly. But I would not classify this movie as God honoring and is not clean by our Christian standards. Sorry to say, it was not what I was expecting it to be.
Bar scenes? Alcohol/drinking scenes? Profanity? Do we really need this kind of bad activity in a movie and sold by a christian bookstore? I can get this kind of crappy viewing material in a regular movie theatre. Unreal what becomes "wonderful" to some people who overlook morals and values today. One shouldn't have to act *blind* to things like that in a movie...this is worthy of the trash can. Don't waste your money......
I didn't see The Christmas Shoes, yet I enjoyed this movie. It's themes include dealing with "premature death" (in youth and child), romance, career decision-making, integrity, and community service. That said, the title The Christmas Blessing is a bit over-the-top to my thinking because this plot could be set in any season of the year. Strictly speaking, this is not a Christian movie - it doesn't present the Gospel nor offer answers to address its themes. It's a feel-good movie for the most part, however, because its plot touches on life and death issues. Some viewers might be concerned that Neil Patrick Harris (aka Doogie Howser) is a major actor, particularly based on his libertine lifestyle, and hence that he is an inappropriate role model. I would recommend that the audience be at least 11 years old and up.