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At Theaters: 11/21/2007 On Video: 11/11/2008
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 58 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 489954
Studio: Screen Gems/Palm Pictures
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For the first time in four years, the entire Whitfield clan is assembled for Christmas at the L.A. home of the family matriarch, affectionately known as Ma’ Dere. Ma’ Dere’s three sons and three daughters have come from all over the country for an emotional reunion that promises to be as dramatic, contentious and hilarious as it is heartwarming. As family finances cause sparks to fly, long simmering disputes boil over and closely held secrets are revealed, the rare gathering also draws the Whitfields closer together to celebrate their most unforgettable holiday yet.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Drama - This is an ensemble comedy-drama aimed at adult moviegoers and families with pre-teens and older and should have appeal far beyond the urban target audience. The teen fan base of Chris Brown will be pleased by his musical performances here.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Delroy Lindo DOMINO, THE CORE, HEIST, THE ONE, ROMEO MUST DIE
Loretta Devine KINGDOM COME, URBAN LEGENDS: FINAL CUT
Regina King THE ANT BULLY
Idris Elba THE REAPING, DADDY'S LITTLE GIRLS, THE GOSPEL
Mekhi Phifer DAWN OF THE DEAD, HONEY, 8 MILE, O
Wri/Dir: Preston A. Whitmore, II CROSSOVER
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
About The Casting
Christmas With The Whitfields
A World Of Music
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 5 S-words, a few others.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Some punches; a whipping and a fall.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol and tobacco.
ACTION: One foot chase.
COMEDY: Some comic banter.
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Roger Ebert Full Review
Good That makes "This Christmas" a very busy holiday comedy, where plot points circle and land on an overcrowded schedule. Once I saw what was happening, I started to enjoy it.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average This Christmas is enjoyable enough. Though like some holiday fare, it doesn't quite stay with you.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 103 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
15
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
31
Very High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
3
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
12
Very High
100%
30+Adults (M)
10
Very High
90%
30+Adults (F)
32
Very High
94%
*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:

Based on a theater exit polling of 103 moviegoers:These are OUTSTANDING REVIEWS! Virtually everyone enjoyed "This Christmas" very much. This is certainly a movie I HIGHLY RECOMMEND! A great holiday movie!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
Christmas has always been an elaborate production at the Whitfield home, and this year is no exception. With her grown children and their significant others all present for the first time in years, Shirley "Ma' Dere” Whitfield (Loretta Devine) is in her element. Stockings have been hung, cookies have been baked…and old resentments are starting to bubble up. 

Oldest daughter Lisa (Regina King), also known as Sister, is trying to convince the rest of the family to sell the dry cleaning business their mother has run for years so her overly-ambitious husband Malcolm (Laz Alonso) will have the capital he needs to close an important business deal. Her sister Kelli (Sharon Leal), a high-powered business woman, is dead set against doing anything Malcolm wants. Youngest daughter Mel (Lauren London) is home from college and primarily interested in finding a private place to canoodle with her latest beau, Devean (Keith Robinson).  Ma' Dere's son Claude (Columbus Short), an active duty Marine, arrives with some unexpected news while his younger brother Baby (Chris Brown) has a surprise of his own for the family. When estranged eldest son Quentin (Idris Elba), a jazz musician, makes a surprise appearance, he neglects to tell the family he's on the run from his gambling debts. 

Despite her extensive preparations, Ma' Dere's plans for a cozy holiday soon begin to evaporate. When the siblings head out to an L.A. nightclub for some fun, an off color remark by another patron sparks a fight and Claude ends up in jail. Later, Kelli spends the night with Gerald (Mekhi Phifer), a handsome fireman she meets at the club, Malcolm flies to New York on a last-minute "business trip” and a pair of thugs comes looking for Quentin with mayhem on their minds. Meanwhile, Ma' Dere is harboring some secrets of her own, such as the full extent of her relationship with longtime boyfriend Joseph Black (Delroy Lindo). 

With their holiday seemingly on a collision course with disaster, it will take all the humor, heart and love the Whitfields can muster to survive This Christmas.

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