Together Again for the First Time

  • Jeff Parkin (2008)
  • US
  • 85 min
Together Again for the First Time
Film Review
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2 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Seasonal comedy starring Julia Duffy and David Ogden Stiers. Tensions rise and secrets are revealed when both sides of a married couple's family get together over Christmas.

Cast and crew


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


Jeff Parkin

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