We have watched The Naughty Nine and now we are ready to determine if it is worthy of the holiday classic title and if we will be watching it again next year. Spoilers for the ending of the movie are below so make sure you watch it first before reading. The movie was watched with my daughter and our opinions are both displayed below.
So the premise is solid, and it is a great way to look at the holidays from kids that may not act the best all year and end up on the naughty list. We have Andy, who does not get his video game console after some questionable decisions at school, put together a team of kids to try and get the presents that Santa did not deliver to them. Now we wonder how this breakdown of parent gifts and Santa gifts actually happens, as we do have the Bethany gift issue where her parents get it for her after the fact. There is a lot to like here as the set for the North Pole was beautiful, and the kids interacted together well. The only problem is the acting seems a bit stiff at times and forced, also some of the lines were very cliché as well. There are a few spots in the plot that fell a little flat, like the gymnastic part on the icicles and the opening of the vault, but they did push the story along so we won’t fault them too much.
We did like the fact that relationship between Dulce and Andy is what had Dulce sign up for the mission not the gifts, and that Andy was able to teach Laurel a lesson after all. We do wonder why Laurel did take the phone though, but at least Andy was willing to give himself up to save his sister.
At the end of The Naughty Nine is does seem like there will be a sequel as Santa comes to Andy to ask him to help with a problem, especially as Andy has been super good all year. It does have us interested to watch and find out what happens next, so there are some points for that. If The Naughty Nine has to stand on its own with no sequel we think that it misses out holiday classic designation as it was enjoyable, but can probably skip it next year, yet if it has a solid sequel we may have to revisit this. Still, it is worth the one time watch this year and then you can make your own decision.
“The Naughty Nine” is a holiday heist movie — think “Ocean’s 11” at the North Pole — that follows fifth grader Andy, who has been a bit of a troublemaker this year. When Christmas morning rolls around and Andy gets stiffed by Santa, he realizes he’s on the “naughty list.” Feeling unfairly maligned, Andy pulls together a crack team of fellow “naughty listers” to execute an elaborate heist to get the presents he and the others feel they deserve. However, in the process of finding their gifts, the gang discovers that the best way off the naughty list is to redirect their unique talents for good instead of mischief.