This Christmas

This Christmas

Preston A Whitmore II (2007)

113min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Christmas with the Whitfield family is undeniably eventful: matriarch Ma'Dere (Loretta Devine) is cooking, daughter Lisa (Regina King) is about to discover her husband's extramarital activities, deadbeat son Quentin (Idris Elba) is being chased by loan sharks, Claude (Columbus Short) is AWOL from the marines and Kelli (Sharon Leal) has just fallen for a fireman (ER's Mekhi Phifer). This saccharine holiday movie delivers plenty of cheer as it zips through its soap-opera plotting with a dash of wit and plenty of enthusiastic performances from its African-American cast. As the family elders, Loretta Devine and the stately Delroy Lindo add a touch of gravitas to the proceedings. Meanwhile, their on-screen offspring indulge in sassy backchat and a never-ending series of catfights and put-downs, all scored to a number of jaunty Christmas carols. With so many storylines and characters, the film inevitably overstays its welcome, but only a Scrooge could fail to be warmed by the seasonalgoodwill.

Summary

Various family members are reunited for the first time in years as they gather at their mother's house to celebrate Christmas. However, everyone brings their own problems to the party, and lies, marital infidelities and financial difficulties soon surface. Comedy drama, starring Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba and Loretta Devine.

Cast & Crew

Joseph Black Delroy Lindo
Quentin Whitfield Idris Elba
Ma'Dere Loretta Devine
Michael "Baby" Whitfield Chris Brown
Malcom Moore Laz Alonso
Claude Whitfield Columbus Short
Kelli Whitfield Sharon Leal
Mel Whitfield Lauren London
Gerald Mekhi Phifer
Lisa Moore Regina King
Director Preston A Whitmore II
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Edited for violence and language.Available on: DVDReleased on: 30 Nov 2007
Drama Comedy