Awkward pacing, humor, and characterizations undermine what might have been a pleasant family Christmas movie from Mexico. Despite good intentions, Grumpy Christmas falls flat. Characters over-react, especially veteran Angelica Maria as the easily-scandalized aunt, and situations feel forced. Short scenes are strangely spliced together. A character speaking only English to his Mexican friends (but seemingly understanding the Spanish just fine) comes across as odd. This film might play well with a local audience, but others can skip it.
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