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Almost Christmas

MPA Rating: PG-13-Rating (MPA) for suggestive material, drug content and language.
Moral Rating: Not recommended
Moviemaking Quality:
Primary Audience: Adults
Genre: Christmas Comedy
Length: 1 hr. 52 min.
Year of Release: 2016
USA Release: November 11, 2016 (wide—2,200+ theaters)
DVD: February 7, 2017
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Featuring Danny GloverWalter
Gabrielle Union
Jessie T. Usher (Jessie Usher) …
Nicole Ari Parker …
Omar Epps …
Mo'Nique … Aunt May
Kimberly Elise …
Nea Dune … Grocery shopper / Church scene
Romany Malco …
J.B. Smoove …
D.C. Young Fly …
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Director David E. Talbert — “Baggage Claim” (2013), “First Sunday” (2008)
Producer Universal Pictures
James Lopez
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“Five days together? Oh joy.”

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Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “an estranged family faces their first Thanksgiving together since the death of the family matriarch

A comedy from writer/director David E. Talbert (“Baggage Claim”) and producer Will Packer (“Ride Along,” “Think Like a Man” series, “This Christmas”), “Almost Christmas” tells the festive story of a beloved patriarch who asks his family for one gift this holiday season: to get along. If they can honor that wish and spend five days under the same roof without killing one another, it will be a Christmas miracle.”

Violence: Mild / Profanity: Heavy—“God-d*mn” (3), OMG (4), “God” (1), “d*mn” (15), “hell” (6), s-words (25+), “t*tties” (2), “a**” (30+), “b*tch,” “b*stard” / Sex/Nudity: Heavy—passionate kissing, sex off-screen, cleavage, shirtless males, woman in lingerie, woman stuck in window appears to be having sex (but is not), much sexual talk and innuendos, woman teases man by showing her thong, etc.

Quotes from this film

  • Aunt May: “I got vibrators older than that child.”
  • Walter: “I wasn’t expecting you for another day or two. Your room is upstairs.” Aunt May: “But the liquor is in the dining room.”
  • “Time to get those ho-ho-ho’s!”
  • Aunt May: “…big-lipped son of a b**ch…”
  • “This looks like all the ingredients to vomit.”
  • “You old sh*t!”
  • “…a big a** peach with a big a** wig”

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Movie Critics
…The film is a bit scattered, jumping from comic set piece to comic set piece… If there is any reason…to see “Almost Christmas,” that reason is Mo’Nique. …
Katie Walsh, Tribune News Service
…cookie-cutter holiday comedy with style… The message is that things will get better, but the real message is: If you’ve got a family that looks like this, don’t fret. You are not alone.
Owen Gleiberman, Variety
…follows holiday formula… It’s not a lump of coal in your stocking, but “Almost Christmas” feels re-gifted from a slew of holiday movies that came before it. …
Adam Graham, The Detroit News
…“Almost Christmas” is no gift… The good news: an appealing cast that's easy on the eyes. The bad news: a half-baked script that leaves us wanting more. In short, “Almost Christmas” is serviceable but not an inspired film. …[2/4]
David Lewis, Hearst Newspapers
…serves up holiday movie clichés… The drama and silliness they get involved in is certainly busy, if not much else. … [2]
Tom Russo, The Boston Globe
…a Christmas turkey… the latest example from the formulaic, dysfunctional-family sub-genre that usually makes disastrous real-life family gatherings seem blissful by comparison. …
Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
…not even close to holiday treat… [1½/5]
Ariel Scotti, New York Daily News
…[Aunt] May carpet bombs conversations with clusters of profanities, five, six, a dozen at a time. Boom. Boom. Boom. … BOOM! …[2/5]
Adam R. Holz, Plugged In

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