This Christmas

You can't exchange family.


This Christmas
It's Christmas time so Hollywood tries to capitalise on the event. This family comedy/drama revolves around all the adult children and their attachments coming to Mama's place for Christmas. All of them, including Mama, have one or more little secrets that they try to keep hidden, even though some of them are not as secret as they think. As events unfold and the secrets slip out, much mayhem and comedy ensues.

117 minutes.
Parental Guidance (Language, Violence).
Comedy, Drama.

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Such a happy family... if only they knew what I know...
Such a happy family... if only they knew what I know...

Credits

Cast
Delroy Lindo, Idris Elba, Loretta Devine, Chris Brown, Keith Robinson, Laz Alonso, Columbus Short, Sharon Leal, Lauren London
Director
Preston A Whitmore II
ScreenplayPreston A Whitmore II
CinematographyAlexander Gruszynski
EditingPaul Seydor
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2007
Produced byFacilitator Films, Rainforest Films, Screen Gems

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama, family
LanguageMild, occasional
NudityNone
SexMild allusions
ViolenceInfrequent, some moderate.
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsNone
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ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
4
Violence
3
Blood / Gore / Gross
0
Guns / Weapons
2
Profanity
3
Alcohol / Drugs
3
Smoking
2
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
4
Imitative Behaviour
3
Frightening / Tense Scenes
2
Jump Scenes
0
Tense Family Scenes
4
Music (Scary/Tense)
0
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
3


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Munyaradzi Vomo quote iconIt's a bit predictable and too clean-cut in the end, but since this is a beaming season you will definitely smile.
10
Die Burger
Francois Blom quote iconLaat kyker koud.
5
Cape Times
Michael Phillips quote iconOverstuffed, formulaic, but very easy to take.
10
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge quote iconThis film gets it exactly right.
10
24.com
Megan Kakora quote iconIt's a sweet family holiday movie that'll please the saints and bore the Scrooges.
5
BBC
Anna Smith quote iconDon't expect realism from this frothy little number, but do expect a bit of heart-warming cheer courtesy of romantic unions, overcome prejudices, reconciled enemies and general peace and understanding.
5
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconWhat's surprising is how well Whitmore, the director, manages to direct traffic. He's got one crisis cooling, another problem exploding, a third dilemma gathering steam and people exchanging significant looks about secrets still not introduced. It's sort of a screwball-comedy effect, but with a heart.
15
ScreenIt
quote iconDecent, but nothing novel or memorable, the film just feels like another holiday gathering that blends in with the rest. You might enjoy yourself enough to get through it, but you won't remember much about it by the next time the next one rolls around.
10
Metacritic.com
24 critics
13
Rottentomatoes critics
74 critics
12
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconHas strong performances, but relies too heavily on holiday movie clichés.
10

What the People say

Internet
1500 Netizens quote iconA Wonderful Christmas Surprise!
9

Average .. 48%

10




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