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MOVIE REVIEW: Almost Christmas is Sweet, Funny and Almost Believable

( This flick reminds all of us that it’s, almost, that time of year when families get together and see how long everyone can go before the liquor starts pouring, the insults start flying and the drama starts to ooze out of everybody’s mouth holes. But in the end, whatever our problems with one another might be, we should all be happy that they are (hopefully) not nearly as bad as the problems that the people in the movie have amongst themselves. It is super crazy and super unrealistic how much drama and conflict exists between the movie’s characters. Regardless of how far-fetched everything in the movie is, I still had fun and laughed at all the hectic situations that occur during this funny, silly and, sometimes, heartwarming flick.

Danny Glover plays a father who just lost his wife and is trying his hardest to deal with this horrible situation and celebrate his first Christmas as a widower. His whole family comes over to stay for the 5 days leading up to Christmas. Before the suitcases are even unpacked, the turmoil is already unleashed upon each other and the family antics just get crazier and crazier. Every member of the family is dealing with their own problems, everything from politics to drug abuse to infidelity and we get to sit back and observe as they all come together as a family and help each other overcome their misfortunes (awww).

I give this the “Checky™ Sticker of Tolerance”. Danny Glover plays such a sweet old man that it kind of makes me wish that he was my grandpa. The cast is very likable (including the guy who did a horrible job playing Will Smith’s son in Independence Day 2), especially Monique and her sassy and booming humor. I wouldn’t be surprised if this turned into a franchise. The reason that I didn’t give it the “Seal of Approval” is because the movie is predictable, forgettable and, specially, because, mostly, every conversation, situation, and activity in this movie are so unrealistic that it distracts from being able to immerse yourself into the film. However, as unlikely as all the situations were, all the actors did a great job and gave it 100% to make it as believable as possible. There is enough humor and heart to overshadow the bad in the movie. It would probably be better to rent this and watch it at home with your own crazy family, instead of going to the theaters but however, you decide to watch this, you will surely be entertained.

So, what did you think of Almost Christmas? Do you agree or disagree with me? Which flick are you checking out this week? What is your favorite holiday movie of all time? Let me know in the comments below. Have a great day at the movies and don’t forget to save me some popcorn.

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