Sycamore Pictures,

Joel McHale, Lauren Graham, Clark Duke, Oliver Platt, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Tim Heidecker, Candice Bergen, Robin Williams

Boyd Michler (Joel McHale) is roped into going to his parents house with his family for Christmas. Boyd hasn’t spoken to his Dad (Robin Williams) in years because he missed out on most of his childhood, and especially Christmas by an alcoholic Dad who just wasn’t there for him. But when he arrives, he realizes that he left his son’s presents at home and this may be the last year for a real magical Christmas for him. So he heads off on the road just as a blizzard hits to make the 8 hour round trip back to the city to retrieve the presents before dawn so as not to disappoint his son. Dad comes along for the ride, and it’s a time for them to come to grips with their differences and to take shots at each other. Naturally things go horribly wrong, and if it wasn’t for a “hobo Santa” they would be in serious trouble.

This is not a comedy, although much of it is funny, but the subject is so dark, that it is off-putting to many people. I must say that I did not dislike this movie at all. I was quite interested in the story and the characters, especially the Dad played by Robin Williams. But I can understand the hatred this movie drew from surprised viewers as it’s a really dark story. Boyd really hates his father and is nowhere near ready to forgive him. He has some real reasons to be angry, but nowhere near as mad as he is. Likewise he has lived his life with such ambition and perfectionism that he’s a tough person to stand to be around. Joel McHale is the actor to portray the wise cracking, sarcastic, SOB that he plays, as this is his best character. Fans of Community will understand the severely sarcastic self absorbed character. Even with all the jokes and humor thrown into this film, it still was definitely not a comedy in the least. This is dysfunctional family syndrome to the nth degree. A good cast, and a decent story, but not a feel good Christmas movie like we’re used to seeing. This is definitely on the dark side, and you have to keep that in mind if you’re going to watch this movie, or else you’ll be disappointed.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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