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SURVIVING CHRISTMAS

 
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At Theaters: 10/22/2004 On Video: 12/21/2004
Rated: PG-13 Length: 2 hr. 10 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 439954
Studio: DreamWorks Pictures
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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.

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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Ben Affleck JERSEY GIRL, PAYCHECK, GIGLI, DAREDEVIL
Christina Applegate ANCHORMAN, VIEW FROM THE TOP, THE SWEETEST THING
James Gandolfini THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE, THE LAST CASTLE, 8MM
Catherine O'Hara ORANGE COUNTY, HOME FRIES
Jennifer Morrison GRIND, URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT
Director: Mike Mitchell DEUCE BIGALOW: MALE GIGOLO
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About The Production
It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas
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Content Heading
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.
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Below Average

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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full 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 Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 100 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
7
Fairly High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
3
Fairly High
67%
13-19Teens (F)
12
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
7
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
11
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
23
Very High
96%
30+Adults (F)
37
High
95%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

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).

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND "SURVIVING CHRISTMAS."

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.”
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