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‘Tis the season for heartwarming holiday films, but unfortunately, “Dashing Through the Snow” falls short of delivering the magic and charm expected during this festive time. Directed by Tim Story and featuring a star-studded cast including Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Teyonah Parris, and Lil Rel Howery, the film struggles to rise above its formulaic plot and clichéd humor.  The storyline revolves around Eddie Garrick, a well-intentioned but holiday-weary social worker portrayed by Ludacris. His character, haunted by childhood memories of a disillusioning encounter with a mall Santa and his parents’ subsequent divorce, attempts to navigate the Christmas season with his daughter, Charlotte, played by the delightful Madison Skye Validum. 

The narrative takes an unexpected turn when a magical stranger named Nick, played by Lil Rel Howery, enters the scene, setting off a chain of events involving a corrupt politician and his henchmen.  One of the film’s strengths lies in its diverse and talented cast, injecting energy and charisma into an otherwise lackluster script. The chemistry between Howery and Bridges adds a spark of humor and camaraderie, making their on-screen dynamic a highlight of the movie. However, these bright spots cannot fully compensate for the film’s reliance on tired tropes and juvenile humor.  

While “Dashing Through the Snow” attempts to modernize the classic theme of saving Santa from trouble, it often veers into absurdity with details like Santa’s scented flatulence and a family that perpetually tracks his whereabouts. The film seems more interested in generating glib laughs than creating genuine holiday spirit.  Despite its occasional amusing moments, the film fails to capitalize on its potential for cultural inclusivity and representation. The Christmas movie genre could benefit from fresh perspectives and diverse narratives, but “Dashing Through the Snow” merely checks the box without diving into a compelling story or relatable characters. 

 In the end, “Dashing Through the Snow” comes across as a forgettable stocking stuffer in the realm of holiday cinema. While it may serve as a brief distraction for family viewing, its lack of genuine care and adherence to a predictable formula make it unlikely to become a seasonal favorite. Ultimately, the film feels like a missed opportunity to deliver a more resonant and meaningful addition to the Christmas movie lineup.