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Together Again for the First Time

Together Again for the First Time

Jeff Parkin (2008)

85min
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Review

Our Score
In yet another film about the true meaning of Christmas, a warring stepfamily descends into tragicomic meltdown after getting together for the first time in seven years to celebrate the festive season. Cue a hit-and-miss mix of slapstick, pratfalls and acid-tinged bickering, as the stage play-based narrative goes overboard to be energetic and wacky, but ends up largely a puerile drag. Only long-suffering patriarch David Ogden Stiers brings gentle charm to the increasingly far-fetched events: his dry wit and understated facial expressions are a welcome contrast to all the exaggerated conflict. Some last-act drama finally adds realism and a more satisfying emotional dimension to the tale, before the humour incongruously returns prior to the credits.

Summary

The Wolders and Frobisher families have not gathered together since a marriage made them relatives seven years ago - which is just as well, as few members of either family get on with one another. Finally, they decide to spend Christmas together - but it is not long before secrets start emerging. Comedy, with Julia Duffy and David Ogden Stiers.

Cast & Crew

Audrey Wolders Frobisher Julia Duffy
Max Frobisher David Ogden Stiers
Brenda Larisa Oleynik
Carey Krzyznyk Joey Lawrence
Roger Wolders Kirby Heyborne
Sandra Frobisher Kelly Stables
Chinelle Frobisher Lauren Storm
Kaye Frosbisher Michelle Page
Director Jeff Parkin
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Other Information

Language: English Colour

Comedy

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