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This Christmas (2007)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  21 November 2007 (USA)
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A Christmastime drama centered around the Whitfield family's first holiday together in four years.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ma'Dere Whitfield
Ricky Harris ...


In Los Angeles, Shirley Ann Whitfield, affectionately called Ma'Dere, is the matriarch of the Whitfield family, she with six children: San Francisco residing wife and mother Lisa who feels the need to act as the responsible one in managing her extended family's welfare, as such sacrificing her own wants in the process; traveling jazz musician Quentin Jr. who the family has not seen in four years; Claude the marine; New York ad exec Kelli who admits she is the selfish one; college student Mel; and Michael (called Baby) who still lives at home while figuring out what he wants to do with his life. Ma'Dere has lived in the family home for a few years now with Joe Black, a church deacon, with Ma'Dere's husband/the children's father, Quentin Whitfield Sr., long having left the family to pursue a life as a jazz musician. Because of the pain associated for Ma'Dere, Sr.'s piano sits in the garage untouched. Quentin, being a chip off the old paternal block, is the most disconnected from the ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


You can't exchange family.


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for comic sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Családi karácsony  »

Box Office


$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,958,183 (USA) (22 November 2007)


$49,121,934 (USA) (4 January 2008)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The "Soul Train Line" at the end of the movie was the actors/actresses themselves dancing, they were not in character. See more »


In one of the first kitchen scenes, Baby's camera keeps appearing and disappearing from around his neck. See more »


Melanie 'Mel' Whitfield: So, technically, you slept with Santa?
Kelli Whitfield: Well, I didn't know he was Santa at the time... but technically, I guess I did.
Melanie 'Mel' Whitfield: Well, ho, ho, ho!
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Crazy Credits

The opening Screen Gems logo is bright red and covered in Christmas tree lights. See more »


Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Christmas with the Kranks (2009) See more »


Joy to the World ('Kool Aid' Version)
Arranged by Marcus Miller
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Art, semi-imitating life
15 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this movie today on cable and I was entertained. Yes, the plot lines were predictable, but name a movie in the last 25 years that wasn't. The cast was perfect: have you ever seen a bad movie with Delroy Lindo, Loretta Devine or Regina King. Look up the definition for "dysfunctional" and I'm sure it mentions family. We all have them. I am a 53-year-old white woman with only one child and and I related to this family. Ma'dere is doing the best she can to stay on top of her brood, while realizing that its unrealistic to do so. She's trying to find some happiness with Joe without betraying the fathers of her children. Her children are just trying to find their places in life, without severing all family ties. The scene where the new daughter-in-law comes in ("I'll keep drinkin' till it's funny") followed by the bookies ("Are YOU secretly married to one of my children?") is hysterical. So is the baby oil scene, whether or not its politically correct. This movie will be added to my list of Christmas movies.

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