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Nothing Like the Holidays (2008)

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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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(as Alfredo De Villa)

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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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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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Humboldt Park  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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$7,502,429 (USA) (23 January 2009)
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Original working title was to be "Humboldt Park." 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 Welcome Back, Kotter (1975) See more »

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Todo Vale
Written by Fabian Andres Alicastro
Performed by Alicastro
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment (US Latin) LLC
By arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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Slice of life family drama
23 November 2014 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This was a refreshing holiday movie because it wasn't all clichéd and sappy. Its not even really all that Christmasy just a slice-of-life drama involving a Puerto Rican American family who happen to all get together at Christmas and then the siblings (amidst their own issues) discover that their parents are divorcing.

There's a great cast involved here (Alfred Molina is the dad and Elizabeth Peña the Mother) and several fun story lines as we get to know all the adult children.

I particularly enjoyed "Jesse" (Freddy Rodriguez) who has just returned home from serving overseas and John Leguizamo along with his executive "fishout of water" wife (Debra Messing). As old resentments are let go and bonds reaffirmed the family begins to heal. I think the hilarious reoccurring problems with the tree removal may have helped there. 12.23.13


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