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Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  12 December 2008 (USA)
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A Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago face what may be their last Christmas together.

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A Puerto Rican family living in the area of Humboldt Park in west Chicago face what may be their last Christmas together.

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christmas | holidays | See All (2) »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some sexual dialogue, and brief drug references | See all certifications »

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12 December 2008 (USA)  »

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$3,531,664 (USA) (12 December 2008)

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$7,502,429 (USA) (23 January 2009)
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Of the main characters, only Freddy Rodríguez and Luis Guzmán are Puerto Rican, and John Leguizamo is half Puerto Rican and half Colombian. See more »

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There is some talk, in early scenes, of Puerto Ricans carrying green cards and joining the US Army to obtain citizenship. Puerto Ricans are not considered aliens under USA law, so this is meaningless. See more »

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Christina Agulara and Katie Holmes were originally cast in roles. See more »

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References Coming Home (1978) See more »

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Johnny's Jingle - Johnny's Home Media Emporium
Written, Arranged and Produced by Johnny 'Koolout' Starks and Earl Powell
Performed by Johnny 'Koolout' Starks
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Seen it before....but enjoyable nonetheless
25 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Sort of a Puerto Rican version of "The Family Stone", this holiday movie may be lacking in originality but more than makes up for it with it's humor and heart. Very talented cast of actors, especially Freddy Rodriguez, John Leguizamo, and Alfred Molina make this family one you care about. I certainly didn't mind spending an hour and a half getting to know them.

My only criticism was Debra Messing who never quite had a handle on who her character was; at first seeming like an uptight bitch but then making a far-fetched complete turnaround. I also thought that the subplot with Jay Rodriguez's character seeking revenge on the man who had murdered his brother was underwritten and overall not necessary for this story.

But these are small bones to pick. The movie ultimately achieved its goal; it entertained me and gave me a much needed reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the holidays.


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