It’s time for another Christmas Eve celebration by four generations of the Cooper clan. This year there are complications within the family. Parents Sam and Charlotte are contemplating getting a divorce after forty years of marriage. Charlotte's Father is upset because his favorite person, a waitress at the local cafe, is leaving town to have a change in her life. Charlotte's sister, Emma is arrested for stealing a piece of jewelry from a store. She wanted the tackiest thing she could find for Charlotte's Christmas gift. Hank, their son, is recently divorced and he’s lost his job at Sears as a family photographer. Their daughter Eleanor asks an Army soldier she meets at the airport to pose as her boyfriend at the family table. She’s tired of their sympathy about her single status.
Sometimes I get really tired of all the constant family arguments in this kind of family movie!! There are too many scenes that are supposed to be funny but they fall like bricks!! The only thing nice about this film is the scenery in Pittsburgh with the snow and Christmas decorations. 2 1/2* (This movie is so-so)
107 min, Comedy directed by Jessie Nelson with Steve Martin Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Alex Borstein, Timothee Chalamet, Maxwell Simkins, Blake Baumgartner, Amanda Seyfried, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei, Dorothy Silver, Olivia Wilde.
Note: Imdb 5.7 out of 10, 19% critic 36% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 1 ½*, Amazon 3*out of 5* with 500 reviews.
Special Note: Filmed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Annette Bening was originally cast for the role played by Marisa Tomei. Private Bailey, the fake boyfriend, wears his rank strip upside down until it’s finally corrected at the dinner table. There is supposed to be a comma in the title after the word love.