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A Christmastime drama centered around the Whitfield family's first holiday together in four years.
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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

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You can't exchange family.

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

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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)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

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 »

Connections

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

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O' Tannenbaum ('Got a Name Holmes' Version)
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Arranged by Marcus Miller
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Very pleasant surprise!
25 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I went to this movie expecting a humorous funny slapstick black comedy. I was mistaken. It was a real look into families at holiday time. It had several story lines which were interesting to follow and the actors did an excellent job in carrying them out. There was some really good humor as well but I appreciated the drama and the real look into what so many of us experience. I don't know the names of the characters but I've seen many of them before and they have done good work. You're going to love the very end(after the movie) so don't leave! Granted we all want a warm good feeling Christmas movie and this one will certainly not disappoint! The only hint I will leave is don't miss the scene with the baby oil! Go see this!


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