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Surviving Christmas
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Starring: Ben Affleck, James Gandolfini, Christina Applegate, Catherine O'Hara
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Dreamworks Pictures
Web Site:
Kiddie Movie: Nah.
Date Movie: Sure.
Gratuitous Sex: Some kissing and disturbing pictures of mom.
Gratuitous Violence: Ben Affleck getting whacked over the head with a snow shovel.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: I laughed a lot.
Memorable Scene: When Doo-Dah somehow becomes a black man.
Memorable Quote: "Yuletide's a bitch, huh?"
Directed By: Mike Mitchell
Produced By: Jenno Topping, Betty Thomas

Surviving Christmas
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:32 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
After reading most of the other reviews, I guess Iím going to lose all kinds of credibility when I say "I actually liked ĎSurviving Christmas.í" Maybe it was my lack of expectations, maybe it is my ability to be easily amused, maybe itís because I love Christina Applegate and was just mesmerized by her, but in any case, I laughed a lot, even though I knew the movie really didnít make sense. Letís get to it.

Ben Affleck is Drew, an oddly brilliant ad dude, able to convince a client that they should premix eggnog with liquor to help people get through the holidays with their relatives, and the client buys it. He wants to go to Fiji for Christmas with his girlfriend, but she, of course, wonders where this relationship is going and storms out to spend it with her parents. Left with no friends to hang out with for Christmas, rather than go to Vegas, which is what I would do, he terrorized a therapist at the airport who says he should go to his childhood home and exorcize his demons. It is there that Drew comes up with the plan to pay the family living in his childhood home to make it a perfect, family Christmas. The family, Tom (James Gandolfini), Christine (Catherine OíHara), Brian (Josh Zuckerman), agree, only because itís about the money. At this point, Drew has a role for everyone, but his plans get thrown when Alicia (Christina Applegate) shows up, her being the daughter, but Drew has no place for a sister in his "family," so he tries to make her be a maid, Consuela. Drew also brings in a fake grandfather, Doo-Dah (Bill Macy), an actor in a local play.

Okay, yea, you can guess, that somehow Drew will fall for Alicia and not realize how to be romantic (he almost has it, then the ad man takes it overboard), she will resist him, but then fall in love with him, then somehow the girlfriend will get involved, and hilarity will ensue, and for me, it did.

Look, "Surviving Christmas" wonít go down as one of the great Christmas films of all time, I mean, come on, it was released before Halloween, but if youíre looking for some easily digested humor, realize that Ben Affleck is not a great actor in this kind of role, you might get a laugh or two. For me, and most of the rest of the folks in the theater, we all seemed to laugh quite a bit, just take it for what it is. Because I did enjoy it, Iím giving the movie 4 stars out of 5, but I will say this is better a matinee or wait for video than spend a lot of cash on it. Just set yourself in "easily amused" mode and youíll probably like it.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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