Surviving Christmas [Blu-ray]
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Directed by Mike Mitchell, Surviving Christmas finds 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 — unfor tunately, 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 tha t he is a cherished member of the family. This entails participating in Latham family traditions, such as Christmas tree selection a nd 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.]]>
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.3 x 0.35 inches; 2.4 Ounces
- Item model number : 27724779
- Director : Mike Mitchell
- Media Format : Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 31 minutes
- Release date : November 5, 2013
- Actors : Ben Affleck, James Gandolfini, Christina Applegate, Catherine O'Hara, Josh Zuckerman
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish, French
- Producers : Betty Thomas, Jenno Topping, Patricia Whitcher
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B00DVKKWP4
- Writers : Joshua Sternin
- Number of discs : 1
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The plot is severely limited to a lot of spite. A suspiciously wealthy advertising executive (Affleck as Drew) rents a family for Christmas. They just happen to live in his childhood home. Dumb luck or grave misfortune on their part. Proving people will do anything for $250,000 and an added $75,000. The story is driven by greed and desperation, portraying a jaded look at the commercial aspects of the holiday.
I especially hate to admit that I found myself laughing at a lot of inappropriate humor. It is such a twisted, bizarre premise. But. I kind of, sort of, with great reluctance, actually like it. I’m so ashamed.
Watch a truly detestable and unlikable man pay a family to pretend they care about him, and though they spend the first hour hating him, they suddenly 180 for no reason what-so-ever. Seriously. That's how shoddy the writing is. The daughter, for example, goes from hating this guy to nearly kissing him simply because they accidentally end up on the same sled.
Second, and I'm not sure if the director is to blame or if it was an acting choice, but if you told me Ben Affleck was playing a mentally handicapped man, I would have watched this and believed you.
Good god this is a terrible film.