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Surviving Christmas (2004)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 22 October 2004 (USA)
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A lonely, obnoxious young millionaire pays a family to spend Christmas with him.

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Alicia Valco
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Doo-Dah
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Horace Vangilder
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Letitia Vangilder
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Dr. Freeman
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It's the Christmas season. Wealthy Chicago ad executive Drew Latham has long avoided the family traditions of Christmas, but has dreaded being alone on the actual day. So when his tropical Christmas vacation with girlfriend Missy Vangilder falls through with Missy breaking up with him in the process, Drew, in going through some self-therapy, decides what he really needs is to relive the memorable Christmases from his childhood, which includes spending time with his parents and younger brother. As that is not possible, he decides to rent a family, namely ones he's never met before, the Valcos - husband and wife Tom and Christine and their teenaged son Brian - who now live in Drew's childhood home in suburban Chicago. Tom initially wants nothing to do with Drew until an exorbitant sum of money is involved, all written in a contract which expires at the end of Christmas day. What Drew is initially unaware of, or what he chooses to remain ignorant about, is that the Valcos are going ... Written by Huggo

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This year, Christmas comes early. Really early. Like... October 22nd. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, language and a brief drug reference | See all certifications »

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Sobrevivendo ao Natal  »

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$4,441,356 (USA) (22 October 2004)

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$11,198,345 (USA) (19 November 2004)
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The original Christmas 2003 release date was pushed back ten months, to avoid competing with another Ben Affleck film, Paycheck (2003). Because of this, there's a 2003 calendar hanging in Brian's bedroom, near the door. See more »

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There are no mountain ranges, such as the one depicted, within hundreds of miles of Chicago. However, it's possible that Drew, with his resources, "whisked" the family away to Colorado for the day. See more »

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Drew Latham: Folks, my firm's done a tremendous amount of marketing research and we've discovered two critical things, one; most Americans feel that Christmas is a time for family. Two; most Americans feel that in order to stand being around their family, for even one or two days, they need to swill as much alcohol as humanly possible.
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Jingle Bell Rock
Written by Joe Beal & Jim Boothe
Performed by Chet Atkins
Courtesy of RCA Nashville
Under license from BMG Film & TV Music
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Hilarious! Home run comedy folks!
27 October 2004 | by (Dallas) – See all my reviews

Don't listen to the critics - this film is truly hilarious and, more to the point, touching.

I am not a real fan of Ben Affleck - I am somewhat ambivalent about hi

  • but he knocks the comedy ball out of the park in this film.


Gandolfini is also excellent, as always.

Is this a holiday classic? Perhaps not, but in the tradition of Bad Santa, this is going to become part of my DVD collection as soon as possible.

Do yourself a favor - go see this truly funny movie! The only downside is your sides will hurt from all the laughs!

Merry Christmas!


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