"Statement on consumer culture"? Not buying it, Rotten Tomatoes. This is an A+ B-movie, composed of gruesomely cartoonish violence, wooden but likable characters, and appropriate score, cinematography and special effects to suit the uncontrollable menace of the Gremlins. Gizmo, the good Mogwai, is very cute, and, for all of the murders they commit, so are the other Gremlins. In one scene, bartender Kate (Phoebe Cates) is forced to serve the Gremlins all of the alcohol they want, in order for her to keep her life. Those little monsters know how to throw a party. At one point, they are all found watching Snow White and singing along to "Heigh Ho." If there is a statement, it is that responsibility is overrated. Maybe there are parts that are better than the sum, most noticeably in a scene where Kate tells Billy (Zach Gilligan) why she does not celebrate Christmas. It is a very heartbreaking monologue that has no place in this movie. Personally, this is such a nostalgia trip that I fully forgive its flaws. If you want a fun, rebellious Christmas movie for the season, do not hesitate to watch this.