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Surviving Christmas (2004)

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

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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)

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$4,441,356 (USA) (24 October 2004)

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$11,663,156 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

At 1.14 in, when Missy is outside in the car talking to Drew on the phone, the bracelet is clearly on her right wrist. Once inside the house the bracelet is now on her left wrist and stays there for the duration of the movie. 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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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Leap Year (2017) See more »

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It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Written by Edward Pola & George Wyle
Performed by Andy Williams
Courtesy of Barnaby Records, Inc.
By Arrangement with Celebrity Licensing
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Surprisingly funny
14 March 2005 | by (New Hartford, NY) – See all my reviews

Surviving Christmas is a surprisingly funny movie especially considering the bad publicity when it was first released. Ben Affleck is funny as an obnoxious millionaire who pays the family that occupies his childhood home to be his family for Christmas. He then drives the family crazy with overindulgence for Christmas cheer. I have not been a Ben Affleck fan in the past (though I did like Daredevil and Paycheck) but here he is well cast in this role. I also like Christina Applegate as the daughter in the family who can't stand Affleck's character at first. Sure you can see where this movie is going but you don't care. Ignore what the critics say and rent this movie out because it is funnier than a lot of Christmas movies.


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