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Drew Latham pays a family living in his old home to let him be part of their Christmas so he doesn't have to spend it alone. But he has his mind set on an old-fashioned family Christmas. He bribes the family into pretending he is part of their family and drags them all over town on a traditional family holiday excursions.
Comedy Romantic - ALERT -- ALERT -- ALERT -- This movie is NOT nearly as silly/stupid
as it appears to be from the previews. The character Ben Affleck
plays is very exaggerated and over-the-top, but somehow it works. I
would say "Surviving Christmas" is an offbeat comedy with just a
touch of dark humor.
PROFANITY: 6 S-words, 11 milder profanities. SEX/NUDITY: Some fairly mild sexual content played for laughs. No sex or nudity. VIOLENCE: None DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some minor drinking. ACTION: None COMEDY: Surprisingly funny throughout. Lots of chuckles and several laughs.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Below Average One of the film's most obvious flaws is its inconsistent tone. Surviving Christmas can't decide whether it wants to be a black comedy, dumb farce, or sentimental sit-com. Elements of all three make appearances, but the manner in which they are interconnected is inelegant.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 100 moviegoer opinions. Well, the critics were off on this one. They all rated it below average. That's sure not what moviegoers thought. These are some OUTSTANDING OPINIONS! Approximately three-quarters rated it "Very Good" or higher and the rest rated it as an average/OK movie. Virtually no one disliked it, which is quite a shock considering it's a pretty silly comedy (but it works).
Facing another Christmas alone, Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) decides to go back to
his idyllic childhood home to spend the holidays with family. There is, however,
one problem: the people living there now are not Drew's family. Nevertheless,
Drew has his mind set on an old-fashioned family Christmas, and the fact that
the "family” in question, the Valcos, are complete strangers, isn't about
to put a crimp in his plans. Offering them a small fortune, Drew bribes his
newfound "parents” (James Gandolfini and Catherine O'Hara) to let him
spend Christmas in their home, pretending to be part of the family. Just when
the Valcos begin to question if any amount of money is worth being dragged all
over town on such traditional family holiday excursions as Christmas shopping
and the requisite choosing of the Christmas tree, their eldest daughter Alicia
(Christina Applegate) comes home for the holidays, with no intention of adopting
a new "brother.”