“Just remember that in every pothole there is hope. Well, you see, pothole is spelled P-O-T-H-O-L-E. So if you take the P, and add it to the H, the O, and the E, and rearrange the letters… or contrariwise, you remove the O, T, and the L, you get “hope”. So, just remember, in every pothole there is hope! ” – Philip
Number of Times Seen – 1 (6 Feb 2020)
Brief Synopsis – Workers on a crisis hotline must deal with some crazy callers on Christmas Eve.
My Take on it – I have always been a fan of Nora Ephron who really knows how to write some great romantic comedies.
Unfortunately, this film is not one of them.
This movie is horrendous and doesn’t manage to do anything worthwhile with its characters along the way.
None of them are developed properly and that makes it even harder to care about them or about what they end up doing.
The cast of this film is quite talented but they are all wasted here in these very mediocre roles.
Who would have thought that a film containing Anthony LaPaglia, Juliette Lewis, Steve Martin, Rita Wilson, Madeline Kahn, Robert Klein, Adam Sandler, Liev Schreiber and Garry Shandling could be so bad??
The characters are all played quite erratically and that hurts things even more especially given the fact that none are given anything meaningful or poignant to do along the way.
The best scene in this film is a very short one with the great Steven Wright which manages to quite adeptly sum up what they probably should have done with this script from the very start.
Bottom Line – Terrible film that shouldn’t be as bad as it is given the cast and crew. Ephron directed and wrote this film and it is among her worst films because it just doesn’t seem to work very well. The characters are all quite erratic and none of them manage to be developed well enough for us to care about them at all. The cast is superbly chosen and wasted because none of them are given anything meaningful to do. The best scene is with Steven Wright and that scene alone sums up how bad this film truly is.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – All of the characters reflect Christmas icons: Felix (Anthony LaPaglia) is Santa Claus, Gracie (Juliette Lewis) the Virgin Mary, Philip (Steve Martin) is an elf, Catherine (Rita Wilson) an angel, Mrs. Muchnick (Madeline Kahn) is the Grinch, Mr. Lobel (Robert Klein) is Scrooge, Louie (Adam Sandler) is the Little Drummer Boy, Chris (Liev Schreiber) is Rudolph, and Stanley (Garry Shandling) the Christmas tree. (From IMDB)
Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)
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