Starring: Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Jake Lacy, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Wilde
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Story: Romantic comedy directed by Jessie Nelson which follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn to night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.
Verdict: Sadly this is not a Christmas classic as there’s too much going on and not much character development with a lot of
cliched moments. Feels like the great cast was wasted.
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 9)
Sam: No matter what happens, we are family.
Charlotte: Here, here.
Charlotte: It’s the only time of year when we’re all together. I want the perfect Christmas.
Eleanor: [to Joe] Every time I go home I’m told it is so okay that I’m not in a relationship.
Eleanor: Be my boyfriend for one night.
Joe: Oh, no way.
Eleanor: It would make my parents so happy. All we’d have to figure out is how long we’ve been together, and what your name is.
Department Store Security Guard: How did the jewels get into your mouth?
Emma: I thought it was a lozenge.
Hank: Madison’s been doing this weird thing. If you could not laugh, that would be great.
[Madison comes over to stand by Hank]
Sam: Hi, Madison.
Madison: You are such a dick.
[Sam tries to hide his laughter behind his hand as Hank gives him a dirty look]
[over the shop’s speakers]
Shop Security: Would the grandparents of the lost child please come up and claim her.
Madison: You are such a dick!
[Sam and Charlotte look horrified before they rush to claim Madison]
[driving Madison to see Santa]
Charlotte: Next stop.
Sam: To see the one, the only, Santa! Yay!
[he stops the car and the all turn to see a line of Santas]
Sam: And Santa’s brothers. Kanta. Janta. Mylanta.
Eleanor: Mom, Dad, this is Joe.
Joe: We’re engaged.
Sam: This calls for a toast.
Joe: I’m an alcoholic.
[they all turn to look at Joe]
Joe: I’m just kidding.
Sam: Found a kidder.
Joe: Yeah, just can’t help it.
Eleanor: Oh, try.
Total Quotes: 9