If you’re looking for an undiscovered gem to watch during the holiday season, well, fa-la-la-la-la, PETE’S CHRISTMAS is it! I had never heard of this movie in my life, had no clue it existed, but this is a wonderful family film that I think will entertain pretty much any age group.
The premise is pretty simple. Poor Pete is suffering from middle child-itis, he makes Jan Brady look well-balanced by comparison, and he is having the worst Christmas ever. His parents ignore him, his siblings hate him, the town bullies have a field day with him – you get the idea. Well, before you can say GROUNDHOG DAY, Pete finds himself re-living the same day over and over again, and he gradually learns to take this opportunity to change his life and the lives of those around him.
I was pleasantly surprised how charmed I was by this movie, and by the end I had bit of a lump in my throat, which is a good sign. As I mentioned previously, it’s derivative of GROUNDHOG DAY, almost to a fault, but if you’re going to copy a movie, you might as well make it one of the great comedies of the 1990s! I highly recommend spending time with Pete this Christmas.
Even though it’s PG, I found absolutely no questionable material, nothing offensive at all. In fact, I think you’ll walk away from the TV with a big smile on your face!
JEFF RATING: ***1/2 out of ***** (Good)
PARENTAL WARNINGS: Nothing you wouldn’t find in the average sitcom.
SUGGESTED VIEWING AGE: 10 and up