Overture Films | Release Date: December 12, 2008
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crodriguezDec 15, 2008
This movies was so good, reminded me of my family, there are 6 of us and when we get together it's a blast, we fight, we laugh, we dance and yes we get drunk and cry. This movie just teaches you to appreciate the time we have on this This movies was so good, reminded me of my family, there are 6 of us and when we get together it's a blast, we fight, we laugh, we dance and yes we get drunk and cry. This movie just teaches you to appreciate the time we have on this earth with family and friends. Watch it if you can. Expand
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ChadS.Dec 14, 2008
It's a bombshell, but a soft one, when Anna Rodriguez(Elizabeth Pena) announces to the family that she'll soon be leaving her husband(Alfred Molina) in the midst of their supposed golden years. It's a soft bomb because the It's a bombshell, but a soft one, when Anna Rodriguez(Elizabeth Pena) announces to the family that she'll soon be leaving her husband(Alfred Molina) in the midst of their supposed golden years. It's a soft bomb because the screenwriter, in all likelihood, will prevent the marriage from actual detonation. The same crisis occurs in Woody Allen's "Interiors", this time it's the father who makes the bomb threat. Here, we sense that the bomb will go off; we know that Ingmar Bergman tropes negate any chance for reconciliation. "Nothing Like the Holidays" has no intentions of being a downer; rest assured, Anna will forgive Edy before the credits roll, because the title practically cries out "made-for-television movie", not tough-minded indie, or filmic exercise in rote Swedish formalism. "Nothing Like the Holidays" will play it safe; there's a tacit agreement between the filmmaker and his audience that the story won't venture into territory which can't be resolved. To the filmmaker's credit, "Nothing Like the Holiday" implies an edge; the filmmaker puts Edy in situations with his son's wife Sarah(Debra Messing) that is fraught with sexual tension. Given Edy's track record with women, and the advent of senior citizens popping Viagra like M & Ms, his daughter-in-law is susceptible to the male gaze, the geezer gaze, if you please, when they're together in the car, and later, in the laundry room. But there's no pass, a familial pass across generations(and also, an Iraqi war veteran(Jesse, played by Freddy Rodriguez) who's not merely depressed, but owns up to having violent impulses) would prove to be too complicated for a crowd-pleaser such as "Nothing Like the Holidays". A happy ending is imminent. And there's nothing wrong with that, per se. It's the holidays, after all. Expand
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