6.1/10
6,514
32 user 37 critic

This Christmas (2007)

Trailer
2:30 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
A Christmastime drama centered around the Whitfield family's first holiday together in four years.
4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A mechanic (Elba) enlists the help of a successful-but-lonely attorney (Union) while trying to wrest custody of his three daughters from his treacherous ex-wife and her larcenous boy friend... See full summary »

Director: Tyler Perry
Stars: Gabrielle Union, Idris Elba, Tracee Ellis Ross
ATL (2006)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

As four friends prepare for life after high school, different challenges bring about turning points in each of their lives. The dramas unfold and resolve at their local rollerskating rink, Cascade.

Director: Chris Robinson
Stars: T.I., Lauren London, Evan Ross
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

After the death of his brother, An expert street dancer goes to Georgia to attend Truth University. But his efforts to get an education and woo the girl he likes are sidelined when he joins... See full summary »

Director: Sylvain White
Stars: Columbus Short, Meagan Good, Ne-Yo
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The big screen adaptation of Perry's stage play about the trials of marriage, and what happens to one family when a sexy young temptress arrives on the scene.

Director: Tyler Perry
Stars: Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Sharon Leal
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When college friends reunite after 15 years over the Christmas holidays, they discover just how easy it is for long-forgotten rivalries and romances to be reignited.

Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Stars: Monica Calhoun, Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  

The crazy and comical Mabel Simmoms, otherwise known as Madea, tries to wrangle her fighting family together for a family dinner regarding the health of her niece Shirley.

Director: Tyler Perry
Stars: Tyler Perry, Loretta Devine, Shad Moss
One Love (2003)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A rasta musician meets a gospel singer when they both enter a music contest in Kingston Jamaic. They fall for each other but are kept apart by the Girl's father the Pastor, who wants her to marry into the church.

Directors: Rick Elgood, Don Letts
Stars: Ky-Mani Marley, Cherine Anderson, Idris Elba
Obsessed (2009)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A successful asset manager, who has just received a huge promotion, is blissfully happy in his career and in his marriage. But when a temp worker starts stalking him, all the things he's worked so hard for are placed in jeopardy.

Director: Steve Shill
Stars: Beyoncé Knowles, Idris Elba, Ali Larter
Soul Food (1997)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

One person can keep a family together and, when that one person is gone, a family can be torn apart.

Director: George Tillman Jr.
Stars: Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox, Nia Long
The Brothers (2001)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Four friends begin to question women and relationships when one of them announces impending nuptials.

Director: Gary Hardwick
Stars: Morris Chestnut, Shemar Moore, D.L. Hughley
The Gospel (2005)
Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  

This is a story about a successful young R&B singer that has an unlikely homecoming when his father, the bishop, becomes ill.

Director: Rob Hardy
Stars: Boris Kodjoe, Nona Gaye, Idris Elba
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Eva Dandridge is a very uptight young woman who constantly meddles in the affairs of her sisters and their husbands. Her in-laws, who are tired of Eva interfering in their lives, decide to ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Hardwick
Stars: Gabrielle Union, LL Cool J, Essence Atkins
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Taglines:

You can't exchange family.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

21 November 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Családi karácsony  »

Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$49,121,934 (USA) (4 January 2008)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Release prints for the movie were delivered to theaters with the fake title "Another Gathering." See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the film, Malcolm is seen wearing slippers while sitting in the Escalade.While walking to the house you see that he is clearly wearing dress shoes. See more »

Quotes

Shirley Ann 'MaDere' Whitfield: [Noticing Sandi] Who is this?
Lisa Moore: That's your daughter-in-law.
Kelli Whitfield: Um, this is not funny.
Lisa Moore: No, it's not, but I'm going to keep drinking until it is.
See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 24 November 2007 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

I Proceed
Written by Ciara (as CP Harris) and Pharrell Williams
Performed by Ciara
Courtesy of LaFace Records/Zomba Label Group
By Arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Family movie - but NOT for the family
21 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not a big moviegoer, but I do know that this movie was too full of drama to be reasonably resolved within a 2-hour window. Maybe it would have made a better novel??? The only plot that seemed to actually play through was the husband-wife scenario, but even that was rushed (though it was resolved with great humor). The movie also didn't "warm my heart" in the traditional sense of a holiday movie. I was left wondering what the true message was supposed to be??? As a side note, I took my middle school daughter and a few of her Chris-Brown-crazy friends to see this movie, and I was disappointed. I knew it was rated PG-13, but I'm convinced now more than ever that the range of PG-13 is far too wide. The movie trailers look made it look like this would be a family movie. Well, it was ABOUT family - but it definitely not FOR the family. Specifically, I was disappointed in the way the family "ideal" was portrayed. In the words of my grandmother, there was too much "shackin' up" in this movie - in fact (the viewer learns in the first few minutes of the movie), the wise, God-fearing matriarch has a live-in boyfriend who happens to be a deacon in the church. Needless to say, two of the matriarchs apples don't fall far from the tree. And since when to do one-night-stands lead to true love??? I know that this movie was not marketed as a moral movie per se, but the matriarch and live-in patriarch sure did talk a LOT of Christian talk to be living with each other and leanin' on the Lord for deliverance from their family problems. I realize that this is life - people do what they want to do. I'm just saying: don't try to do the Tyler Perry thing (add a spiritual connection) at the same time you're trying to do the Zane thing (everybody-get-their-freak-on). Just let it be one or the other, and don't sell us out with a teen-magnet like Chris brown if you're going the Zane route (and DON'T try to hide it under the "holiday film" radar)! I do hope that the film-makers remember: when you put Chris Brown into a film, you're going to attract a lot of young, impressionable girls. Be mindful of the message you're sending. I do try to support films that portray African-American families positively and I know how important that first weekend is for a new film. But, next time, I'll have to wait and see what a few of my friends say before viewing similar movies.


41 of 81 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Whitfield House mimimeme
Disgusting Domestic Violence Scene SkulleryMaid
once again, black movie, bad ratings.... daviddijkstar
Is 'This Christmas' anyone elses favorite Christmas song? mewwem22
This movie only made $50 million ryan-573
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!! TeAmoMiVidaLoca
Discuss This Christmas (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?