15 items from 2015
Ho, ho… whoa nelly do we have a problem on our hands.
The Mindy Project closed the first half of its season Tuesday with a Christmas episode that left us feeling more The Family Stone and less It’s a Wonderful Life: After flashing back to her first week at the OB/GYN practice, Mindy realized once more that she’s been allowing Danny to bar her from going after her dreams.
So while he and Leo slept, she snuck out to measure her old apartment — which hasn’t sold yet — to »
This nauseatingly by-the-numbers festive family heartwarmer is an unwanted parcel of predictability
From a producer of The Family Stone, the director of I Am Sam and the writer of Hope Floats (stop screaming at the back) comes this obligatory seasonal star-studded ensemble piece in which a bunch of A-listers plays out a string of intertwining plot threads, all in search of a heavily eggnogged family hug.
At the centre of the box-ticking maelstrom are Diane Keaton and John Goodman as the secretly collapsing couple struggling to give their disparate brood a last hurrah happy Christmas before finally splitting up. Ed Helms is the secretly out-of-work single father in desperate need of a job, Marisa Tomei is the secretly shoplifting sister trying to face up to sibling rivalry, and Olivia Wilde is the black sheep daughter, secretly trying to pass off Jake Lacy’s stranger as her boyfriend. So many secrets! »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
It’s hard to be overtly negative about holiday specials without first coming off like the proverbial Grinch, so let me start out with saying that one of my favorite movies – not Christmas movies, just in the general category of movies – is The Family Stone. I have a very specific level of blindness for sappy yuletide cheer, even of the gloomy kind, that results in essentially anything with a Christmas tree and a Bing Crosby song getting an automatic pass.
So Bill Murray’s A Very Murray Christmas – premiering on Netflix this Friday, December 4 – does, too; but it’s a pass with an asterisk. Directed by Sofia Coppola, the creator of every movie your annoying Cinema Studies friend wouldn’t shut up about in college, there’s a relaxed, off-kilter edge cutting through the 56-minute special. It’s different and odd, something Christmas specials are often too afraid to accomplish, »
- Mitchel Broussard
Glossy Hollywood automatons sleepwalk through family dynamics full of forced quirkiness, excruciating cuteness, and phony emotion. Absolutely cringeworthy. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
If you like spending the yuletide season with horrible people, have I got a movie for you. Christmas with the Coopers (called Love the Coopers in North America) is so awful, so cringeworthy, so full of forced quirkiness, excruciating cuteness, and phony emotion that it made me question my love for other movies about families gathering for a big festive meal, such as Home for the Holidays and The Family Stone. Coopers is so noxious that I suddenly wondered whether I had been wearing blinders when I fell in love with those movies, blinders that have now somehow dropped away. (I don’t think so. If I get a chance to revisit those movies, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The 25 Days of Christmas is coming, but before that, ABC Family (which is changing its name to Freeform in January) has a special November treat for you: the countdown to 25 Days of Christmas! It's its own lineup, which kicked off on Sunday, Nov. 22, and ends on Monday, Nov. 30. It'll stave off your sadness from Halloween being over, give you something to watch over the Thanksgiving weekend, and get you excited for 25 Days of Christmas! Keep reading for the schedule, which is full of movies that everyone loves, plus a Pretty Little Liars special. Nov. 22 5 p.m. - The Parent Trap 8 p.m. - Toy Story 10 p.m. - Toy Story 2 Nov. 23 4:30 p.m. - Toy Story 6:30 p.m. - Toy Story 2 8:30 p.m. - Finding Nemo 12:00 a.m. - The Family Stone Nov. 24 5:30 p.m. - Finding Nemo 8:00 p.m. - Pretty Little Liars »
- Shannon Vestal Robson
I have a definite soft spot for a good Christmas movie, and especially those dealing with dysfunctional families — think The Family Stone or Home For The Holidays. Nothing in the genre tops It’s A Wonderful Life. Love, Actually is a good one too, and that is probably the closest template to the latest holiday offering Love The Coopers, which revolves around the traditional Christmas Eve dinner of an extended family but tells the stories in a segmented-type form. As I say… »
The only thing more reliable than a disastrous family gathering for the holidays is the cliched dramatizing of such an event in the form of a Christmas-set family dramedy. Think Four Christmases, The Family Stone, Christmas with the Kranks — there are good ones too, probably, but for the most part the formula is doomed to failure. Multiple story threads and characters come together for a holiday filled with arguments, gags, and conflict that ends in disaster only to be saved when everyone learns the value of family. The endings are always far too trite and conclusive, the characters are never all that developed, and the message of family togetherness and love gets lost in the shuffle. Well the filmmakers behind Love the Coopers got the memo on bad, holiday-set family comedies and decided to do something about it. They made a bad, holiday-set family comedy… with narration by the family dog. Charlotte »
- Rob Hunter
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
Now that awards season is upon us, allow me to suggest a new category: Most Extravagantly Wasted Cast. And the winner is…Love the Coopers, which squanders the likes of Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Marisa Tomei, Alan Arkin, Olivia Wilde, June Squibb, Amanda Seyfried and Anthony Mackie in a Christmas comedy of numbing tedium and tackiness. Some entries in the largely undistinguished dysfunctional-family-holiday-film subgenre — The Family Stone (also with Keaton) and Jodie Foster’s Home for the Holidays, to name two — are watchable despite their forced zaniness and predictable emotional beats; the spectacle of attractive stars packed
- Jon Frosch
For better or worse, the holidays are just around the corner. The season’s first Christmas-themed film makes its way into theatres this week, boasting an all-star ensemble cast that’s full of the festive spirit.
Four generations come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration in Love the Coopers starring Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Olivia Wilde, Alan Arkin, Amanda Seyfried, Marisa Tomei, andAnthony Mackie. Unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn their holiday activities upside-down as the family reconnects and rediscovers the holiday spirit and what it means to be a family.
We’ve got a soft spot for Christmas family ensembles and Love the Coopers aims to join the ranks of yuletide favourites like Love, Actually and The Family Stone. Start celebrating the holiday spirit and meet the Coopers in this inside look at Love the Coopers.
- Rachel West
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
The 36-year-old actress – who shot to fame after playing Regina George in the teen comedy in 2004 – has revealed she was forced to rethink what it meant to her to be successful after being propelled into the limelight with the role.
She said: “I had to kind of reassess and go, ‘What did I want this [success] to be, and how did I expect it to look?'”
The pretty star – who also appeared in the ‘The Notebook’ opposite Ryan Gosling and ‘Wedding Crashers’ shortly afterwards – decided to take a two year break from acting after starring in ‘The Family Stone’ in 2005.
Her latest role will see her play detective Ani Bezzerides in the Us series ‘True Detective’ and Rachel – who prefers to take on “villainous” characters – was thrilled to have been cast in a strong female part.
Speaking in »
- The Hollywood News
Thanks to the news of Trevor Noah taking over Jon Stewart's "Daily Show" desk, we remembered something: Wow, "Daily Show" alums have basically taken over the world. If they're not landing primetime sitcom gigs, they're scoring Oscar nominations and populating romcoms. To celebrate Noah's new post, let's take a look at five Netflix picks starring the friends, colleagues, and cronies of Jon Stewart. Watch 'em now. "Trevor Noah: African American" If you haven't been introduced to your new "Daily Show" host's brand of observational humor yet, check out his comedy special where he discusses his home country of South Africa and why racial relations there, even during the age of apartheid, are/were less complicated than in the U.S. His bit about Oprah Winfrey's leadership academy is particularly inspired. And a little unsettling! "Bruce Almighty" Oscar nominee Steve Carell wasn't always scarring you with his fake "Foxcatcher" nose and deathly "Foxcatcher" stare. »
- Louis Virtel
Get that letterman jacket out of storage and get ready for more old white people on TV. Following this week’s announcement that Fox will be backing a six-episode return of Chris Carter’s The X-Files, NBC has now announced that they have ordered a 13-episode renewal of Coach, the inexplicably long-running sitcom that made a star out of Craig T. Nelson. The basic plot find’s Nelson’s Hayden Fox playing second-fiddle to his son, the head coach of an Ivy League school in Pennsylvania that has never had a football team before. Barry Kemp, the creator-producer-writer of the original series, which went off the air in 1997, will return to write the new series, while also executive producing the show with Nelson. [caption id="attachment_87541" align="alignright" width="352"] Image via Pixar[/caption] Little else is known about the casting or salient narrative details of the new series, other than it will be a multi-cam sitcom. »
- Chris Cabin
While Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon -- an idea that came from the actor himself when, in 1994, he told Premiere magazine that he’s worked with everybody -- has become the ultimate trivia game, it may be time to re-think who’s actually at the nexus.
Thanks in large part to Friends -- the former NBC sitcom now streaming on Netflix -- Aniston worked with a number of stars well before they were famous. And in the years since the series ended, Aniston has shared the screen with a few but key number of A-listers. But it wasn’t until she earned a 2015 Golden Globe nomination for her role in Cake that we realized she’s practically worked with everyone in Hollywood.
Look: 2015 Golden Globe Nominees in Photos
Ahead of this year’s Golden Globes, we played »
15 items from 2015
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