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Surviving Christmas with the Relatives

  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2018
  • James Dearden
  • 101 mins
  • PG

Summary

Two sisters and their families spend Christmas at their late parents' dilapidated country house, but old sibling rivalries flare up again to sabotage the hope for a season of goodwill. Festive drama, starring Joely Richardson and Gemma Whelan

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

A family gathering in a half-restored English country house brings comedic uproar and dramatic confrontation in this seasonal offering from one-time Fatal Attraction writer James Dearden. Julian Ovenden and Gemma Whelan are the nice-enough, if somewhat bland hosts welcoming her flighty actress sister Joely Richardson and clan to the former family home where the two siblings grew up. Ovenden however, has his hands full too, since his teenage son by a previous marriage is battling a drug habit back in London. The film is aiming to contrast such weightier subject matter with a dose of yuletide farce, as the holiday frolics soon head off the rails, yet the story's more sinewy material lacks impact and the comedy only ever proves mildly amusing. We're left with a well-intentioned yet underwhelming catch-all of a movie, where the addiction element seems an odd fit within an otherwise fluffy, heritage-styled serving of British yuletide cheer.

Credits

Cast

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DanJulian Ovenden
MirandaGemma Whelan
LylaJoely Richardson
TrentMichael Landes
MiriamSally Phillips
Aunt PeggyPatricia Hodge
VickyRonni Ancona
Uncle JohnJames Fox
BeeSophie Simnett

Crew

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DirectorJames Dearden

Details

Theatrical distributor
Studio Soho
Released on
2018-11-30
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing, drug abuse.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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