Number of Times Seen – Twice (4 Jun 2007 and 6 Nov 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A businessman bring his girlfriend to meet his parents and sibling over Christmas with plans to propose.
My Take on it – This is a film that I saw years ago, yet didn’t recall much about it.
The cast is superb and they have such amazing chemistry together that we can truly believe them as a family.
Craig T. Nelson, Diane Keaton, Dermot Mulroney, Luke Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Claire Danes, Tyrone Giordano and Elisabeth Reaser are all perfectly cast in their roles.
As a film about family, it works quite well in helping establish how a close-knot family would act when being reunited for the holidays.
The story is able to combine both dramatic and comedic moments which helps make things so enjoyable to watch unfold for these characters.
Love the way that each character has their own unique story line because it helps make things even more believable.
The added bonus of having these various story lines intersect along the way is great and makes the viewer care so much more about everything that happens to any of these characters.
Love the way that the title can be so ambiguous!
The way that this story is presented is actually quite refreshing to watch during the social distance days we are all currently living in since it allows us to recall and long for the days when families can one again get together like they do here.
Bottom Line – Such a fun family movie that works really well. The cast is superb and they are truly able to give off the feeling that they are such a close knit group of people. The story is filled with some great dramatic and comedic moments which helps emphasize the importance of family even at difficult times. The various story lines are created quite well and they do a nice job of blending them together while also having them intersect along the way. Really clever and ambiguous title. This movie brings together such a nostalgic feel of the closeness of family especially during these days with the need for social distancing. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Writer and director Thomas Bazucha put the nine cast members playing the Stones through several weeks of rehearsal so they would bond well enough off-camera to convincingly portray a family. This included a crash course in American Sign Language, as eight of the nine characters would be called upon to utilize American Sign Language in the script to either communicate with or interpret for the character of Thaddeus (Ty Giordano). While some critics, and the cast members themselves, pointed out that their American Sign Language use was sub-par, it was actually a realistic portrayal of a hearing family’s use of the language, which is often perfunctory at best. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)
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