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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: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jul 31, 2014
    90
    More than in any of his previous films, Mr. Swanberg and his cast have refined a seemingly effortless style of semi-improvised storytelling so natural that it barely seems scripted. Life just happens.
  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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