Almost Christmas

Almost Christmas

David E Talbert (2016)

106min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Danny Glover is the charming centre of this merry but chaotic comedy, playing a widower preparing for his first family Christmas without his wife, while hoping his children can put aside their various differences for one day. Perhaps best viewed by those who can't live without yuletide schmaltz, the film follows a familiar Christmas-from-hell blueprint that borrows from countless comedies of yore. However fractured things seem to get, you know there will be resolution, and that's part of the fun. There are chuckles and cringes galore as the slapstick and family feuds come thick and fast. Highlighting very modern societal problems (a struggling marriage, career changes) keeps the various subplots convincing, with the caustic wit diluting a lot of the sentiment. Coming to a reliably feel-good conclusion, Almost Christmas manages to stay the right side of sweet thanks to a cast that seems to mesh, well, almost like they are family. Maybe not a Christmas cracker, but it's warming festive fun, nonetheless.

Summary

A retired mechanic who lost his wife a year earlier invites his daughters and sons to his house for a traditional celebration. However, it's not long before they start arguing, seemingly scuppering his chances of a happy Christmas. Comedy, starring Danny Glover, Romany Malco and Mo'Nique.

Cast & Crew

Walter Danny Glover
Rachel Gabrielle Union
Aunt May Mo'Nique
Cheryl Kimberly Elise
Christian Romany Malco
Lonnie J B Smoove
Evan Jessie Usher
Sonya Nicole Ari Parker
Malachi Omar Epps
Shelter Director Dorothy Gladys Knight
Director David E Talbert
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalGuidance: Swearing, sexual references.Available on: DVDReleased on: 25 Nov 2016
Comedy