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Surviving Christmas

  PG-13 HD Closed Captioning

Mike Mitchell

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Plot Summary

Drew Latham (Ben Affleck) uneager to spend another lonely Christmas in his own home. Longing for holidays past, Drew travels to his childhood home intending to relive the experience of a family Christmas — unfortunately, his family no longer lives there. This represents only a small snafu to Drew, who offers the Valco patriarch and his wife (Sopranos star James Gandolfini and Catherine O'Hara) a huge amount of money if they consent to pretend they are his parents and that he is a cherished member of the family. This entails participating in Latham family traditions, such as Christmas tree selection and crowded holiday shopping excursions. Though the Valcos reluctantly go along with Drew's requests, Alicia, their eldest daughter, arrives at home and refuses to comply with her "brother's" wishes.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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7%
  • Reviews Counted: 112
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 104
  • Average Rating: 3.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: It's just in time for Halloween, and it is a scary movie. Unfortunately it's supposed to be a comedy. – Paul Clinton (CNN.com), CNN.com, Mar 5, 2005

Rotten: The movie is dead from the outset given the artificiality of the premise about a lonely rich guy who hires the folks living in his boyhood home to be his family for the holidays. – David Germain, Associated Press, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Maybe the worst thing that can be said for Surviving Christmas is that it doesn't succeed even on its humble level of aspiration. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Surviving Christmas is exactly what's wrong with Hollywood – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Nov 24, 2011

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Customer Reviews

christmas favorite

despite what everyone says, i really enjoy this movie. it's been one of my hoiiday favorites since it was released.

Love it

Cute movie with familiar actors. Must watch!

One of the worst holiday movies!

I wish I could get my time back. I thought I watch this movie since its was the season and I had nothing else to watch (and who knows, maybe it was funny I thought). Boy, was I wrong! It was boring, plain and silly. And not in a good way, more in a creepy way where you wonder if Ben A's character is mentally right in the head or just a creep paying people to treat him like a kid/ his mommy and daddy and really believing it. I think it actually woulda made a funny thriller about a creep that cannot cope lol, but it made for a lousy comedy because its unbelievable and plain stupid, not heartwarming either, because for that's its too over the top and the main character lacks personality and intelligence.