(2015) (Diane Keaton, John Goodman) (PG-13)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Family Comedy: A large family gathers for a Christmas Eve celebration where secrets, lies, petty jealousies, and regrets threaten to unravel multiple relationships.
- Charlotte (DIANE KEATON) and Sam (JOHN GOODMAN) have been married for over 40 years. But with no more kids to take care of and the past loss of one of their children at a young age, the two have grown apart and are now on the verge of separating. Charlotte, though, wants to have one last, big, happy family Christmas Eve in their home and invites her children, grandchildren, and extended family, imploring Sam to go on with their charade of happy matrimony just through the holiday.
All of their family members have issues, too, that threaten to spoil everyone's Yuletide joy. Their son, Hank (ED HELMS), has been out of work for months and is still reeling from his divorce from Angie (ALEX BORSTEIN), who has moved on. Their sons, Charlie (TIMOTHEE CHALAMET) and Bo (MAXWELL SIMPKINS), bounce back and forth between parents. Meanwhile, Charlotte and Sam's daughter, Eleanor (OLIVIA WILDE), is involved with a married man who has opted to be with his family for the holiday. So, she has managed to convince Joe (JAKE LACY), a soldier on layover at the Pittsburgh airport, to pose as her boyfriend for the family dinner.
In addition, Charlotte's neurotic kid sister, Emma (MARISA TOMEI), has been caught shoplifting at the local mall and spends much of her Christmas Eve in a squad car with a closeted gay cop named Williams (ANTHONY MACKIE). Their father, Bucky (ALAN ARKIN), is heartbroken that his favorite young waitress at the local diner, Ruby (AMANDA SEYFRIED), is pulling up stakes and moving south to start a new life. Finally, Aunt Fishy (JANE SQUIBB) has been released from her nursing home for the holiday, but clearly suffers from dementia.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- There are child actors in the film, but this mostly skews older. Teens may have some seasonal interest.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
- For thematic elements, language, and some sexuality.
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