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  • Summary: When Jenny (Anna Kendrick), a hard partying 20-something moves in with Kelly (Melanie Lynskey), a budding novelist, her film director husband (Joe Swanberg) and their two-year-old son after a break up, the family’s idyllic life is shaken. Jenny begins a rocky relationship with their baby sitter-cum-pot dealer (Mark Webber), and she and a friend, Carson (Lena Dunham), bring Kelly to the realization that an evolution in her life, career and relationship is necessary for her happiness. Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jul 24, 2014
    90
    The movie's packed with minor incidents, all fresh, compelling, and funny. It also boasts two lengthy scenes that are touched with something greater.
  2. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jul 24, 2014
    88
    A gently funny ensemble comedy that feels less like a movie than a short story.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jul 29, 2014
    80
    A subtle, witty, wise and deeply compassionate American movie.
  4. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Jul 11, 2014
    75
    That doesn’t stop the movie as a whole from feeling a little slight, though, like a Christmas tree that isn’t entirely filled out.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Jan 26, 2014
    70
    Swanberg's modest script lays out some fairly mundane domestic situations, which the actors elevate with a collaborative style characterized by gentle humor and authentic, frequently overlapping dialogue.
  6. Reviewed by: Susan Wloszczyna
    Jul 25, 2014
    63
    One glance at the static camerawork that plagues the entirety of Happy Christmas and you might also discern that this is a minimalist mumblecore production, a kitchen-sink-style indie genre that apparently outlaws long shots or close-ups.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Jan 28, 2014
    40
    Happy Christmas desperately needs some real jokes, rather than settling for the bemused chuckles that accompany its banal observations into human nature.

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