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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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Plot Keywords:

christmas | holidays | See All (2) »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$7,502,429 (USA) (23 January 2009)
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Trivia

Original working title was to be "Humboldt Park." See more »

Goofs

At the store Christmas party, the white liquid in the pitcher changes while being poured. See more »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

La Medicina Cubana
Written by Eugenio Navarro
Performed by Celia Cruz
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment (US Latin) LLC
By arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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An acoustic warfare
25 December 2009 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about how a Puerto Rican family spend their eventful Christmas together.

I thought "Nothing Like the Holidays" would be a comedy with a festive environment, but it turned out to be the complete opposite. I find the film far too loud and noisy. The filmmakers seem to have a pressing urge to fill every single second with loud music or loud conversation. Sometimes two or more people talk over each other. People keep shouting, cursing and blaming at each other, firing sentences at 10 words a second. The film is like an acoustic war zone. There is no peace or quiet, serenity or tranquility.

The story is not engaging at all until the last 20 minutes or so, which finally starts to pick up. However, I was already thoroughly bored and annoyed by the movie already. "Nothing Like the Holidays" is definitely nothing like I expected.


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