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Written by Steven Rogers
Directed by Jessie Nelson
From the opening credits sequence, Love the Coopers feels like classic studio holiday schmaltz. Santa Clauses ride around town, dogs dressed in Hanukkah and Christmas garb embrace, and families take pictures for greeting cards. The Fleet Foxes’ “White Winter Hymnal” scores the montage, completing an idyllic portrait of dull but harmless seasonal cheer.
The film appears to be heading towards a whitewashed but benign universe as the principal characters get introduced, suggesting a basic story structure warm and familiar enough to be a Christmas hearth. Charlotte (Diane Keaton) and Sam (John Goodman) Cooper plan a Christmas dinner for their dispersed family, all while their marriage disintegrates due in part to the couple’s age. Their passion has waned as the years have gone by, leading to constant argument over song lyrics, grocery shopping, and seemingly everything else.
- Max Bledstein
Social media is filled with complaints about retailers jumping the gun on Christmas. Hey the jack-o-lantern’s not yet ripe when the tinsel and wreaths go on sale. Well at least this inspired one of the great double holiday flicks, The Nightmare Before Christmas. So, if the mall starts early, why not the attached (usually) multiplex theatres. Hollywood loves sending out movies at the end of the year set around the staples of the season. So, before you even think about grabbing the turkey (let’s not get ahead of this piece) for Thanksgiving, here’s a flick about a big, big family getting things set for the big Christmas Eve shindig. Now Mom’s a perfectionist, so everything has to be plotted out and just right. Of course, like most families, things are far from perfect. Doesn’t mean they can’t try their darndest in the new star-packed cinema stocking, »
- Jim Batts
Fittingly given that its title sounds like a demand, “Love the Coopers” peddles holiday sorrow, cheer and uplift with off-putting insistence. Director Jessie Nelson’s dramedy follows a familiar family-reunion template in detailing the Yuletide get-together of the Coopers, a clan fracturing under the weight of divorces, unemployment, unrealized dreams and loneliness — as well as past joys that all its members desperately want to reclaim. Decked out in the usual tinsel-and-mistletoe trappings, the film lurches awkwardly between gloominess and giddiness, never hitting the boisterously bittersweet groove it seeks. Failing to carve out an identity distinct from its many subgenre predecessors, this slushy feel-good saga faces a stormy theatrical forecast at best.
Ten years after “The Family Stone,” Diane Keaton again takes the lead of a contrived getting-the-relatives-back-together film that eventually employs the threat of tragedy as a device for familial reconciliation. Before “Love the Coopers” ventures down that misbegotten path, »
- Nick Schager
As the days get darker and the cold winds of Autumn approach, it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming movies set to hit cinemas this Fall.
The huge slate includes the return of the Jedis, the rebirth of Frankenstein and a new age of Good Dinosaurs. These movies will take audiences to a Galaxy Far, Far Away, on a voyage to Mars and to the summit of the world’s highest mountain, Everest.
Here’s our list of the 2015 Fall movies that we can’t wait to see!
The Visit (Sept 11)
Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal Pictures’ The Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. »
- Movie Geeks
There are festive gags a plenty and narration by the legendary Steve Martin in a teaser that explores why we endure herculean challenges to travel home for the holidays.
Between Eleanor (Olivia Wilde) trying to pass off military man Joe (Jake Lacy) as her fiancé and single dad Hank (Ed Helms) wrangling a very sassy daughter, it's sure to be an eventful Christmas for the Coopers this year.
Love the Coopers opens on November 13 in the Us. »
It’s been a while since a film took a real shot at Christmas, outside the camp genre, and if an anti-feel good, holiday movie filled with stars can’t get people to show up, it’s difficult to figure what will.
Love the Coopers has your standard holiday premise, the family is getting back together for Christmas, but this isn’t your average family, except the “joke” is that it is. If it isn’t a pretend boyfriend, or kleptomania, it’s more standard fare, like the trials and tribulations of single fatherhood, but it all adds up to a largely wacky family, and Mom and Dad aren’t a lot better.
Despite the monkey wrenches thrown into the family dynamic, it looks like fairly standard stuff, which could be a result of the writing/directing team of Steven Rogers (Stepmom, P.S. I Love You) and Jessie Nelson (Corrina, »
- Marc Eastman
Just in time for the holidays comes a new family film featuring a huge cast with a Christmas theme.
As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn to night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.
Starring Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Jake Lacy, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde, watch the first trailer for the upcoming holiday film, Love The Coopers.
How fun does this look – big stars, holiday theme. Count me in!
Yahoo Movies interviewed director Jessie Nelson about the film. Highlights include Nelson’s comments on:
How Love the Coopers might remind you »
- Melissa Thompson
An annual Christmas celebration gets turned upside down in the trailer for Love the Coopers, which gives us our first look at the immense and talented ensemble cast in this holiday movie. Diane Keaton and John Goodman star as the Cooper parents, with Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei and Ed Helms portraying their children. As with many holiday gatherings, the Coopers' doesn't quite go according to plan.
When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday. The trailer reveals that this large family only gets together once per year over the Christmas holiday, giving us insight into their wildly different lives. Diane Keaton's Charlotte Cooper just wants their family to have wonderful Christmas memories, »
Love The Coopers follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn to night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.
- Melissa Thompson
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) and Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) are co-starring in The Bends, "a diving adventure" that centers on a mysterious discovery at the bottom of the ocean. The mystery "reopens old issues for an ex-Combat Marine who is working to pay off his debt to the mob."The film will be produced by Cybill Lui's Anova Pictures and directed by Jean Luc Herbulot. [The Hollywood Reporter] Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde have all been cast in an upcoming holiday comedy, tentatively titled Let It Snow. "The »
- Jennifer Maas
CBS Films has cast a holiday comedy, tentatively titled “Let It Snow,” with Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde.
CBS Films is planning a Nov. 13 release.
T Bone Burnett is the film’s executive music producer and is producing its soundtrack.
The story follows the exasperated members of an extended family as they attempt to gather for their annual holiday celebration.
The project had formerly been titled “The Most Wonderful Time.”
- Dave McNary
John Goodman, Ed Helms, Anthony Mackie, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde have joined the previously cast Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried and Alan Arkin. Jake Lacy, Alex Borstein and Jon Tenney have also been added in supporting roles.
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- Linda Ge and Jeff Sneider
12 items from 2015
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