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Surviving Christmas (2004)

Surviving Christmas

Overview


Genre

Drama

Release Date

October 22, 2004

MPAA Rating

PG-13

Duration

91 min.

Studio

Columbia Pictures

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  3 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Mike Mitchell

Producer

Betty Thomas, Jenno Topping

Screenwriter

Harry Elfont, Deborah Kaplan, Jeffrey Ventimilia, Joshua Sternin

Starring

Story


Facing another Christmas alone, Drew Latham (Affleck) decides to go back to his idyllic childhood home to spend the holidays with family. There is, however, one problem: the people living there now are not Drew’s family. Nevertheless, Drew has his mind set on an old-fashioned family Christmas, and the fact that the "family" in question, the Valcos, are complete strangers, isn’t about to put a crimp in his plans. Offering them a small fortune, Drew bribes his newfound "parents" (Gandolfini and O’Hara) to let him spend Christmas in their home, pretending to be part of the family. Just when the Valcos begin to question if any amount of money is worth being dragged all over town on such traditional family holiday excursions as Christmas shopping and the requisite choosing of the Christmas tree, their eldest daughter Alicia (Applegate) comes home for the holidays, with no intention of adopting a new "brother."

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PREMIERE PHOTO

Ben Affleck
Surviving Christmas Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet
Oct 14, 2004
Ben Affleck
Surviving Christmas Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet
Oct 14, 2004

REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..a total snow job..”
by [E! Online]
“..atrocious holiday comedy..”
by David Germain [Deseret News, Salt Lake City]
“..inexplicable overreactions propel the plot..”
by Eric Harrison [Houston Chronicle]