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Christmas Eve

2015

PG CC
3.2 out of 5 stars (71) IMDb 5.1/10

In this all-star family comedy, a power outage traps six groups of New Yorkers in elevators on ChristmasEve where they find that laughter, romance, and a little bit of faith will get them through- and change their lives in unexpected ways.

Starring:
Patrick Stewart, Gary Cole, Cheryl Hines
Runtime:
1 hour, 35 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Comedy
Director Mitch Davis
Starring Patrick Stewart, Gary Cole, Cheryl Hines, Jon Heder
Supporting actors James Roday, Max Casella
Studio GoDigital
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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I watched this with my wife, mother-in-law, and two of her sisters, all of whom you would think would enjoy this type of movie. They are into the Hallmark channel Christmas movies, cheesy as they are.

Even they didn't like this movie. After seeing the trailer, I thought . . . "It probably won't be great, but hey, its got a couple of actors that I love, so it should be ok." After seeing the movie, we all agreed that it was among the worst films that we've ever seen.

James Roday, one of our favorite actors, came off as kind of creepy, and barely funny. Patrick Stewart was fine, but playing a very stereotypical one-dimensional character.

You would think in a movie like this you're going to have a bunch of seemingly unrelated characters that are somehow connected, who change in some way through the progression of the movie, and in the end come out different and perhaps better. In this case, by the end you find that indeed, there are a few random connections between the characters, but none of it matters. The distant dad never re-connects with his son, or even makes any effort to, despite a seeming desire to change. The party girl who is impressed and possibly moved by the art curator and his ability to take them on an imaginary tour of the Met, at the end walks off happily with the muscle man without giving the curator a second thought.

I could go on, but basically the point is this - even my very Christian, very cheesy movie loving, very Christmas movie loving family could barely handle it through to the end, and I think only that because they felt bad that we had paid money to see it through Amazon. There were about two times that got some legitimate laughs out of it, and the rest was sighs, confusion, groans, and disappointment from the otherwise talented actors.

So looking at the other reviews, there are apparently others out there that this movie appeals to, I just can't really imagine who.
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On the whole it was watchable, parts a little strained and some rather forced dialogue. Characters were interesting but too many to fully flesh out in a meaningful way. More drama than comedy, but not a downer.
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I was surprised that I enjoyed this movie. There many people who have important places to be on Christmas Eve. The power in New York City, a section of a large area, goes out. It is interesting how groups and individuals cope with not only missing the traditional Christmas concerts, seeing family members or friends and are instead are stuck in elevators with people they hardly know or strangers. It was better than I ever guessed it would be.
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Such an interesting movie. It's like they got half of it right... on everything. Here are a few examples:

Casting:
+ Getting Patrick Stewart was the single best decision they made. I saw the movie for him... well, ok I wanted to see James Roday and Jon Heder too.
- Most of the cast was far too inexperienced to pull off their role. They got too many Utah locals that are famous-ish but not as actors.

Theme:
+ It was a good idea and it had some potential.
- It lacked clarity and resolution. Stewart's character, for example, had the most potential for being compelling but the writing didn't match the quality of the actor.

Setting:
+ Setting everything in elevators was great! It's a natural place of uneasiness for most people and it worked.
- Some of the elevators were distracting an inconsistent in size (from one shot to another).
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I love this kind of movies about or around Christmas with a grinch kind of character in this case played by the brilliant Patrick Stewart. What can I say, I loved it. By the way, if you're like me and like this kind of stories also watch "Love the Coopers".
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Many Christmas movies are fairly predictable but this one had some twists and turns that kept me interested. I loved seeing some of my favorite actors in a new light. I will add this one to my Must Watch Before Christmas list every year.
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Quirky fun with an independent flair. It may not completely deliver, being sometimes a bit heavy handed and others, too aloof. Still, there is something about it that I loved. If you are turned off by all the nay-sayers, then you are probably correct, this film is not for you. If you are open to quirky story-telling and characters, and don't require the polished finish of a big budget studio film, then this little gem might just be your cup of tea.
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I'm sorry if I'm the differential, but I loved this movie! It was funny, intelligent, and all the things a Christmas movie should be. I will purchase it as a "go to" favorite as soon as it becomes available!
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