Almost Christmas - SHOWTIMES


Almost Christmas - SHOWTIMES (2016)


Almost Christmas

IMDB - Score
6/10
(1939)
Release Date:
11.11.2016
Genre:
Comedy
Length:
112 Minute
Director
Cast:
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Synopsis

A dysfunctional family gathers together for their first Christmas since their mom died.





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Flora Greer ( 2017-02-07 )

Almost Christmas is inoffensive and got some laughs out, but not enough to make it a holiday tradition
 

We're only a week away from Thanksgiving, and yet most people seem to be planning their holiday season before they even think about turkey. While I wish that the November holiday got a little more attention, who can blame people from wanting to bring in the magic of the Christmas season? Our world is now dazzled in bright lights, red and green colors all over, and a chance to better relationships. Something about life seems warmer whether were selecting a tree or the living room, lighting a new candle for Chanukah, or simply wishing someone a better new year. ..



Jeannette Snyder ( 2017-02-04 )

A New Holiday Film Tradition?
 

We just got finished stuffing our faces with turkey, pie, yams, macaroni and cheese and stuffing. Before we can even go back for seconds, and pack away some leftovers, we get flooded with holiday themed entertainment. Almost Christmas, is the first holiday themed movie to hit the big screen. It is the latest Christmas film that represents the entire dysfunctional family getting together for Christmas. I know what you are thinking, and the answer is yes. This type of film has been done so many times before. The dysfunctional family ripping at each other's throats, using profanity at each other and by the end of the movie, they are all smiling, drinking eggnog (elf cum just kidding) and singing Kumbaya while looking at a glaring Christmas tree. On the other hand, this film truly does have an all-star cast, the director has improved from his last film, it is entertaining, and this film is a nice way to start the holiday season. ..



Judith Vaughn ( 2017-03-05 )

Almost there, but not quite
 

This movie is one of those that should and will resonate with everyone. A heart filled, crazy, emotional, and tender look at family. How and why we can drive each other crazy, drive each other away, yet just as easily lift each other up, pull each other through, and make each other strong – when not trying to kill one another. Danny Glover back on the big screen heads up the strong cast as the patriarch of the Meyer family as they deal with the loss of the beloved matriarch whom held them altogether. Mo'Nique brings her A game as the over the top, flamboyant, hard drinking, shoot from the hip, no bull@$#& aunt. J.B. Smoove is Uncle Lonnie, his typical fast talking shuckin' and jivin' self as only he can be. The soundtrack is great. From the opening credit sequence it sets the perfect tone and pulls you into the story and is as impactful as a soundtrack should be. For all the positives of this film, however, I found the pacing (especially the first half) extremely uneven. I found myself repeated pulled in and engaged in the fun/drama only to have punctuated drawn out moments of "meh" wash over me and my interest wane. Fortunately, the second half of the film hits its stride and the movie finishes strong, including some nice outtakes at the beginning of the end credits. I did get some good laughs and even teared up a couple of times, but, I'm going to give this one a 5.5 and suggest it as a rental/stream.



Dixie Perez ( 2017-04-10 )

Very good Christmas movie lots of fun and lots of laughs
 

I thought the movie was put together well for the most fun effect. Really like the opening montage that explained the family origins and the plot of the movie. Done very well. Love the very well known black cast that fills the film. The only people who I never seen before were the actors playing the children. Although I cannot recall if these actors have worked together before (With the exception of Romany Malco, Nicole Ari Parker and J B Smooth all being cast members of Kevin Hart's show Real House Husbands of Atlanta), I did see some good chemistry among the cast. Yes, a lot of it was cliché with typical family archetypes like Kimberly Elise as Cheryl, the older sister who has got her life together (on the surface anyway) and judges her little sister Rachel, played by Gabrielle Union for not having hers together, and Jesse T. Usher as Evan, the young bratty baby brother whose the most emotional and it sends him down a dark path. But the cast is amazing, made up of seasoned players who are experts in the roles they play. I really liked Danny Glover as the center of the household force to keep it together as the family celebrate their 1st Christmas without his wife, the real backbone of the family. JB Smooth was real funny, but Mon'Niqe was really killing it as Aunt May. Every laugh out loud joke in it, she was a part of. It's a well played hand. The clichés are just that, but the cast is good at bringing life to them enough to take you off your guard with laughter and get you all choked up about celebrating the holiday season with your family.



Janet Chambers ( 2017-03-27 )

Absolutely Dreadful
 

I love IMDb and find the user reviews to be very informative reading. I wouldn't consider myself a "power user" however so have never written one....until now. I do so to tell you how god damn awful this film is. The acting is lame and the plot is highly unoriginal. My girlfriend and I successfully predicted some of the lines just as they were about to be delivered. It's a cross between all the worst parts of The Cosby Show and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation while containing none of their virtues. Stick to the latter if you're looking for some xmas feel-good light entertainment. It's shocking how a director like this could demand such a large budget (17 million was it?). Avoid this at all costs!



Nancy Warren ( 2017-02-20 )

SUPER Cute!!!!
 

Lemme start by saying, I LOVED this movie. This movie is HELLA cute! I loved it. I love that it centered around a positive patriarch. I loved that all the actors/actresses seemed to be very comfortable in their roles. I'm not a fan of Gabrielle Union's acting nor Kimberly Elise's but both women did an amazing job in their roles. J.B. Smooth was funny and Monique was HILARIOUS. The guy from Wildin Out- Young Fly (I think that's his name), he did a really good job as well. Hopefully, he pursues more acting roles. There were a couple of scenes that were supposed to big arguments- those scenes, I can tell, were supposed to be better and bigger than it was. But that's my only complaint. Comparable to Soul Food- but much better in my opinion.



Sophia Moreno ( 2017-02-17 )

A touching Christmas tale
 

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Sophie Hudson ( 2017-01-30 )

Family Funny
 

While this move may have its predictably but it comes off with a strong performances from its cast particularly Danny's Glover character Walter who is adjusting to life after his wife grace suddenly passes away and is uncertain of what his future holds. He decides that he wants his four children Cheryl the dentist, Christian the congressman, Evan, the football player and Rachel the struggling single mother who is trying to be a lawyer come together with the holidays. Despite Walter best efforts to have a smooth Christmas,so the siblings end up fighting but luckily Monique brings in the comedic relief as aunt may who is great in this film.



Leah Hayes ( 2017-03-17 )

Easy-going comedy that's not quite ready for Crimbo.
 

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Brenda Padilla ( 2017-01-31 )

It ends on a feel-good note and is tolerable, but it just doesn't bring enough to the table to break out of its generic shell.
 

Almost Christmas was traditionally funny in the sense where you have a family with relatable issues to any audience. Here we have a family who had a yearly Christmas tradition up until their beloved mother passes. Walter (Danny Glover) thinks that if his family can spend at least five days together it will truly be his Christmas miracle. But of course you have two sisters who can't get along, a cheating husband, pain pill taking football player, a son who's a congressman, and the vibrant and outspoken Aunty. This family recipe doesn't seem like it will work but in the end everyone comes out getting what was coming to them. And in the end....family is all that mattered.



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