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  • Summary: Boyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his wife Luann (Lauren Graham) are forced to spend a dreaded Christmas at his parents' house with his eccentric father (Robin Williams). When he realizes that he left his son's gifts at home, Boyd, his younger brother Nelson (Clark Duke) and their father hitBoyd Mitchler (Joel McHale) and his wife Luann (Lauren Graham) are forced to spend a dreaded Christmas at his parents' house with his eccentric father (Robin Williams). When he realizes that he left his son's gifts at home, Boyd, his younger brother Nelson (Clark Duke) and their father hit the road to retrieve the gifts before sunrise. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 11
  2. Negative: 9 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 12, 2014
    63
    The film’s mix of elements of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and “Bad Santa” is amusing.
  2. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Nov 6, 2014
    40
    It’s a testament to Williams’s energy that even in an unfortunate part as Virgil, an angry, alcoholic dad, he comes across as the most vivid member of the cast.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Prigge
    Nov 9, 2014
    38
    Whereas "Bad Santa" was nastier and riskier, as well as more mischievously winsome, A Merry Friggin' Christmas is as curiously timid as it is morally dubious.
  4. Reviewed by: Jesse Hassenger
    Nov 12, 2014
    33
    Williams made some terrible movies, but he never phoned them in. On both counts, this one’s no exception.
  5. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Nov 9, 2014
    30
    Neither warm and fuzzy in the best holiday movie traditions, nor edgy and irreverent a la “Bad Santa” (coincidentally also co-starring Graham, to better effect), it’s something of a mystery what audience A Merry Friggin’ Christmas intends to serve.
  6. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Nov 6, 2014
    30
    Representing one of Robin Williams' last films, A Merry Friggin' Christmas lives up to its bah, humbug title. Not only because it's terrible, although it is, but rather because one desperately hoped that the beloved actor would go out on a high note.
  7. Reviewed by: Alonso Duralde
    Nov 7, 2014
    14
    In attempting to work through its family issues, it arrives at catharses that are contrived and unearned, and in attempting to find humor in this pungent situation, it fails to deliver laughs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Dec 2, 2014
    6
    As the holidays season is upon us so is the stream of Holiday movies, most of them are usually mediocre and sadly "A Merry Friggin Christmas"As the holidays season is upon us so is the stream of Holiday movies, most of them are usually mediocre and sadly "A Merry Friggin Christmas" Is one of them.The movie has a good cast and potential but some jokes fall flat and made me feel like this could have been a much better film. Robin Williams has one of the best characters and does a good job at delivering it, Clark Duke's character also delivers some of the best laughs.
    At times there was a bit of a "National Lampoon" feel to the film. But the mature subject matter of something like "Bad Santa".
    With that said Merry Friggin' Christmas is a decent holiday film to watch with Friends/Family but some jokes by go over the young one's heads.
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  2. Mar 13, 2015
    5
    Boyd Mitchler: "Look kids it's snowing".
    Mitch: "It might be ashes".
    Boyd (Played by Joel McHale) and his family (Played Robin Williams)
    Boyd Mitchler: "Look kids it's snowing".
    Mitch: "It might be ashes".

    Boyd (Played by Joel McHale) and his family (Played Robin Williams) who are forced to spend a dreaded Christmas at his parents' house with his eccentric father that he has been avoiding for years. When he realizes that he left his son's gifts at home.

    This movie has it's good, it's bad and lot of scenes that made me go "No way, I can't believe they did that". Some of the acting in this was pretty good: Joel McHale, Clark Duke and the great Robin Williams all do fantastic job in their roles. While watching this movie I go that sense of the Christmas spirit in side of me, which I always like when movies or TV shows get that sense of feeling of whatever season it's celebrating right.

    This movie has it's bad like: Some of the acting in this movie wasn't all that good and the movies message about the true meaning of Christmas got lost in it's messy script and it's numbing characters.
    Joel McHale character in this movie was such a Jerk and a peace of work. I hated his character so much, because he was so annoying and so rude to his father, and yes I know his father abused him when he was a little kid but we never see that, even in the the flash backs when he was a little boy and his father didn't abuse him at all. At times his father seems really nice and really caring for his son, at one point he tries to his son and the son pretty much says "F'ck off!", to him.

    A Merry Friggin' Christmas has it's ups and downs, but the three good actors really done carry this movie for me making it a merry Christmas indeed.
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  3. Nov 22, 2014
    4
    The kind of movie you watch just to pass time, which is really all its worth. A merry friggin christmas is not extremely bad, but sometimesThe kind of movie you watch just to pass time, which is really all its worth. A merry friggin christmas is not extremely bad, but sometimes you wish it was just a little more, especially with it being one of Robin's final movies. Expand
  4. Dec 11, 2014
    2
    1/5★What a great example of a film that wastes a great cast with an awful plot, worse directing and coma inducing boredom. One of Robin1/5★What a great example of a film that wastes a great cast with an awful plot, worse directing and coma inducing boredom. One of Robin Williams last films, even he couldn't save it: the bad sitcom humor, unlikable people and the depressing thought that this piece of garbage is one of Williams last films just ruins it.
    Verdict: Ho Ho Horrible.
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